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Lumberjacks Clip Blue Eagles

January 30, 2019

In the final game in the New Martinsville Rotary Challenge, the Valley Lumberjacks fought the good fight and defeated the Magnolia Blue Eagles, 54-48, to avenge a previous pair of defeats.

The high school boys basketball action happened Jan. 26 inside the Magnolia High School gymnasium.

The game started kind of rough as neither team would put together any type of offense. However, the 'Jacks made two more baskets than Magnolia and was on top, 8-4, by the end of quarter one.

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Valley’s high-flying Ryan Baker splits Magnolia defenders Chase Glover (13) and Eli Nice (33) for a bucket during the Lumberjacks victory against the Blue Eagles.

Again, the game was a little stagnant for the better part of period two, but by the break, Magnolia trailed by only one at 18-17.

The play in the second half was a little better, as both teams scored 16 points in the period with Valley still clinging to a one-point lead heading into the fourth period.

The lead see-sawed for the biggest part of the period, but bad foul shooting by the Eagles and an inspired Avery Kinkade for the 'Jacks was all that was needed for Valley to topple Magnolia, 54-48.

Kinkade led all-scorers with 24 points, while teammates Levi Anderson and Ryan Baker netted 11 and 10 points, respectively, to lead the Lumberjacks. Jerry Evatt added six points, while Tommy Shannon and Gavin Streets each scored a deuce and a free throw, respectively, for the victorious Lumberjacks.

"It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win, and Avery took charge down the stretch and ignited us," added VHS Head Coach John Kocher.

Magnolia was paced by Jake Gamble and Trevor Williamson, who each had 14 points. Silas McKeever netted eight points, with two triples, and Chase Glover sank seven points to pace the Magnolia attack.

In addition, Eli Nice tallied three baskets, while Jacob Miller, Sabastian Stickler and Trenton Scheibelhood each sank a deuce. Matthew Gaiser ended all the Blue Eagle scoring with a made free throw.

"It's hard to beat anyone when you miss 13 free throws," stated a dejected MHS Head Coach Dave Tallman.

The Eagles outscored the 'Jacks from the floor, making three more baskets than Valley. The Lumberjacks sank 23-32, while Magnolia was 8-21.



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