Marshall gets 'Dogs started at Musselman

January 04, 2007|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

INWOOD, W.Va. - Dakeea Marshall probably won't be seeing as much playing time as a reserve for the Martinsburg girls basketball team in the future.

From now on, the Bulldogs sophomore center is much more likely to log her minutes as a starter.

Marshall came off the bench Wednesday night and scored a career-high 25 points to go along with 11 rebounds to lead Martinsburg to a 67-49 Apple Valley League victory over Musselman.

"(Marshall) is definitely going to be in the starting lineup soon," said Martinsburg coach Beth Sedlar. "She had a bad ankle sprain, then got really sick, but now she's getting back to where she needs to be. I know the type of player she was last year, and she's more than just a sixth option for us."

Musselman (4-4, 2-2) had a hard time defending Marshall as she paired a strong inside game with her mid-range jump shot. She scored 17 points in the second-half as Martinsburg (4-4, 1-1) pulled away.


"We knew (Marshall) was a solid player coming in," said Musselman coach Mike Marsh. "I didn't expect her to shoot as well as she did, but she stepped out and hit some nice 15-footers."

Marshall also came up big defensively for the Bulldogs by guarding Musselman sophomore Nikki Stephenson, holding her to one point in the first half. Marshall also had three steals.

"We were just stopping (Stephenson) from taking it inside," Marshall said. "We didn't want to give up any easy ones."

Stephenson finally got going in the third quarter by relying on her outside shot. Stephenson scored the first five points of the second half and Morgan Harms added a basket as Musselman cut a 12-point halftime deficit to 34-29. Stephenson scored nine points in the third quarter and finished with a team-high 13, but Martinsburg was still able to take a 44-33 lead into the fourth.

Lacey Williams had 11 points and Erica Manor added 10 for the Applemen.

Marshall scored 10 points and Iesha Robinson added six of her 14 in the fourth quarter as Martinsburg turned the game into a blowout.

"To Martinsburg's credit, they extended the defense and took us out of the game," Marsh said. "Even though we consider ourselves a transition team, we couldn't press because we couldn't get out and run."

Musselman was taken out of its game much because of its cold shooting. The Applemen shot only 21 percent (3 of 14) in the first quarter as Martinsburg raced out to a 19-8 lead.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 16 in the second quarter before the Applemen went on an 8-0 run to cut the score to 30-22 with less than a minute left before halftime. But Martinsburg answered as Marshall assisted a score by Rachel Hull and added an offensive putback to make it 34-22 at the break.

Hull made a late return to the floor in the first half for Martinsburg after picking up two fouls in the first quarter. But the Bulldogs didn't miss a beat as first-year guard Jamie Hill entered the game and scored 11 points.

"Jamie Hill is only a freshman, but she has the skill to play right now," Sedlar said. "We hope to be able to make her a swing player, but she works very hard at whatever we need her to do. It's a big transition going from an eighth-grade level to varsity."

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