Mallory Chapman became the eighth female and 11th player at Magnolia to score 1,000 points when she poured in 21 points to lead the Lady Eagles to a 61-53 victory over the Frontier Lady Cougars Dec. 23 inside the MHS HammerDome.
After being out-hustled in the first period, the Lady Eagles fell behind 13-6 when Magnolia Head Coach Mark Blair gathered his young cagers in and gave them the key ingredients needed get back into the game - hustle and teamwork.
Magnolia just did that. The Lady Eagles were on the floor getting at it and started to put the ball in the net a lot more than they did earlier on, while holding the Cougars to only one shot. And before you knew it, they took over the lead by the break at 26-24.
Pictured above is Magnolia senior Mallory Chapman driving past a Frontier Cougar defender to score two of her 22 points Dec. 23. Chapman also would score her 1,000 career points to become the eighth MHS?female to do so in a career. (All photos by Bruce Crawford)
Frontier tied the game after three periods, but the Eagles would not be denied and outscored their guests 23-15 in the final eight minutes to get the much needed victory.
The two-headed monster of Chapman and Grace Berisford accounted for 48 of Magnolia's 61 points, while Chapman hauled in a team-high nine rebounds, made two steals, and blocked two Frontier shots. Berisford took top scoring honors with 27 markers, including five baskets from beyond the arc, while adding four steals and swatting away two Lady Cougar shots.
In addition, Kelsi Chapman netted six markers and grabbed six boards, while dishing out six assists. Katie Blatt netted five markers and Taylor Ludewig swished a deuce.
Magnolia 71, Tyler 60
Mallory Chapman nailed down four baskets from beyond the arc and hit a double-double (22 points and 14 rebounds) to lead Magnolia to a 71-60 victory over rival Tyler Consolidated inside the Blue Eagles HammerDome Dec. 28.
The Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Knights in each quarter, while holding their largest lead at 15 points late in the second half. Berisford followed with 19 markers, including three from downtown, while contributing six assists and five steals. Blatt followed with nine markers, hauled in a dozen boards and made five steals, while knocking away two Silver Knight shots.
In addition, Kelsi Chapman scored six points and dished out six assists, while Audrey Gibb netted four points and Cierra Fowler netted three points.
The Lady Eagles out-rebounded the taller Knight squad 41-36 and committed four fewer turnovers (14) and made 17 steals and 14 assists.
The Lady Eagle jayvee team made it a clean sweep when they took care of Tyler 49-43, with Abby Durig leading the way with 12 points and Anna Gibb scoring nine markers.
The Lady Eagles will look for win number six when they travel across the Ohio River to take on the red-hot River Pilots Jan. 4 at R.L. Potts Gymnasium.