The Magnolia Lady Blue Eagles had four girls score in double figures as they defeated the Paden City Lady Wildcats 68-37 in an OVAC consolation pool play game at Magnolia Feb. 6.
The Eagles jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the first before Dominique Craft hit a free throw which was followed by a deuce from Logan Cosper and Craft's own twoball to make the score 8-5. Magnolia freshman Audrey Gibb then got a bucket to raise her team's score to 10. Craft then drilled a triple to cut into Magnolia's lead.
But, a Gibb two was sandwiched between a bucket by MHS freshman Jasmine Litton and a fee throw from her to push Magnolia ahead 15-8 after one.
Early in the second period, a pair of Litton twos were separated by two foul shots from Dallas Mullett, which was followed by a basket from beyond the arc by Lady 'Cat Hannan Stanley, a freshman.
Mullet swished a two for the Eagles to give her team a 23-11 advantage. The teams traded deuces, but Stanley fired off another longball and Craft made a charity toss to bring Paden City closer, 25-17. Katie Blatt hit from the paint for Magnolia and Mallory Chapman put up a deuce and the score stood at 29-17.
Stanley hit her third trifecta of the quarter to cut the lead back down to nine. But, after Cosper made good on a basket, Blatt and Mullett answered their own twoballs and the teams went to the locker room with the score 33-22.
The Eagles got the first 10 points of the third quarter with Mullet getting six of the 10 and the Eagles saw their lead balloon to 43-22. Cosper hit the basket from long range, but a Gibb two was sandwiched between a pair of deuces from Mullet and the score was 49-25, Eagles. Craft made three free throws and Chapman hit a deuce, making it 51-28 after three.
The fourth quarter got started with Magnolia freshman Kiera Standiford hitting a two before Craft knocked in another long bomb. Mullet and Litton followed with a bucket apiece for the Eagles.
Craft then knocked in a pair of free throws, which were neutralized by a basket from Chapman to make the score 57-33. Chapman's field goal was followed by a basket from Standiford and a free throw by Blatt. The teams split the final eight points of the game to make the final tally 68-37 in favor of the Eagles.
Both teams will have another OVAC consolation pool play game on Thursday, Feb. 9, as the Wildcats will host Steubenville Catholic Central. Meanwhile, the Eagles will motor out to Hundred to take on the Lady Hornets.
The Valley Lumberjills' Dani Hayes and Brittany Sivert teamed for 31 points and nine steals to lead their team to a 45-41 come-from-behind victory over hosts Bishop Donahue Feb. 6 in the opener of the OVAC Consolation Poll Play.
The 'Jills fell behind 11-8 after the first period, but turned things around to grab a 26-19 lead at the half-way point.
The Lady Bishops had a one point lead after the third period of play. However, the 'Jills defense, led by Hayes and Sivert, converted steals into points to escape McMechen with the win.
Hayes led the way with 17 markers, while Sivert added 14 points. Megan Bucher was held to eight tallies, while Holli Schell, Karrisa Headley, and Jessica Ashcraft each provided a deuce for Valley.
After a contest with Clay-Battelle tonight at home, the 'Jills will entertain the Lady Irish from Bellaire St. John in the final OVAC pool play. Both games will start at 7 p.m.
Katie Tennant scored a game-high 18 points for Hundred, but it wasn't enough to get by the host Bellaire St. John Lady Irish in the OVAC consolation pool play in Bellaire Feb. 4.
Cheyenne Myers and Oshana Topp each netted six markers, while Shayna Tedrow knocked in a triple and Emily Ebert and Nikki Cunningham each tallied a deuce.
The Lady Hornets will play hosts to Magnolia, Feb. 9, with the junior varsity tip starting things off at 6 p.m. and the varsity matchup beginning around 7:30 p.m.
The River Pilots' Cassidy McCullough and Laken Ramsay teamed for 28 point, but it wasn't enough to get by Wheeling Central in the semifinals of the OVAC Class-A Championship Feb. 6 by the score of 48-41.
The Lady Pilots jumped out to a 13-9 advantage after one period and held a 23-15 half time lead before Central used a 33-18 second half comeback to defeat the Lady Pilots.
McCullough paced River with 17 points, while Ramsay contributed 11 points that included a basket from beyond the arc. Emile Weaver followed with five points, while Emily Dierkes netted five markers, and Ladyn Ramsay and Leslie Young each provided a deuce.
The Lady Pilots will play host to Linsly, a 78-38 loser to Shadyside, for third place in Class-2A.