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MHS Pulls Away From Valley, 86-64

January 30, 2019

The second game of the New Martinsville Rotary Challenge pitted the Magnolia Blue Eagles against county foe, the Valley Lumberjills.

It didn't take long to figure how the rest of the game would go as the Eagles cashed in three straight baskets from beyond the arch and went on to defeat Valley, 84-64, on Jan. 26 inside the Magnolia High School gymnasium.

Blue Eagle point guard Lenieca Grimm opened the game with back-to-back three-point baskets, while her partner-in-crime, Aquera Cabral, swished the third bonus bomb to give the Blue and Gold a quick 9-0 lead that forced a quick Valley timeout.

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Magnolia’s Mady Winters (40) goes up for a bucket amidst the defensive pressure of Valley’s Jenna Dallison (23) and Caitlyn Underwood.

After the break, the Eagles fouled the 'Jills Rachel Bates, who made one of two free throws to get Valley on the board. However, Cabral sank the fourth bonus bomb that got the Magnolia Maniacs on their feet. With the 'Jills now concerned about the long-range Magnolia shooting, the Eagles guards would send it down low to a wide-open Mady Winters for an easy deuce.

The Lumberjills' top inside threat, Jenna Dallison, finally got Valley on the board midway through period one. After another Cabral three-pointer, Valley's Caitlyn Underwood found the bottom of the net from three-point range to pull them within 18-6.

Winters scored three straight baskets inside along with a free throw to force yet another Valley time-out. Shortly after, Winters would get another present from Kyndra Pilant to push the Magnolia lead to 27-6.

However, the Lumberjills wouldn't back away. They scored the final seven points of the quarter to close the gap to 27-13 after one period of play.

With the Lumberjills concerned about the outside shot now, the Big Blue opened the second period with three straight inside baskets before Bates again stopped the bleeding with another made free throw. Winters and Pilant scored seven straight points before Valley started to push back with six straight points. Cabral then swished a pair of freebies at the charity stripe to end the first half, with Magnolia holding a 43-20 lead at the break.

Winters opened the third with a basket inside, while Underwood topped it with a basket from beyond the arch in the corner off the glass. The Eagles continued to take no prisoners, scoring 12 straight points before Jamey West and Bates hit back-to-back shots before the Eagles would go on a 10-0 run, which included a pair of technical foul shots and a nice jumper from just inside the arch.

Underwood and West each dialed long distance before Cabral knocked down a deuce to end the third period.

Pilant opened the fourth with a conventional three-point play before the 'Jills made 2-4 free throws. The Eagles closed out their fourth quarter scoring with two baskets by Lara Ann Smith that included a triple, while the 'Jills' Kim Soles netted six points and Shyanne Moore added six markers, including the final deuce to end the game.

Underwood scored 17 points with three triples, while Bates netted seven points, grabbed nine rebounds, and rejected three shots to pace the Valley scoring.



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