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Pilots, Blue Eagles And ‘Jills Victorious

By Staff | Jan 28, 2009

Nine Magnolia Lady Eagles and River Lady Pilots scramble for possession of a loose ball Jan. 24 in Hannibal’s Richard Potts Gymnasium, where the Pilots knocked off Eagles twice during the week. (Photo by Bruce Crawford)

The River Lady Pilots handed a 51-41 defeat to the Magnolia Lady Eagles Jan. 24 at New Martinsville, making it two such losses this season for the girls in Blue.

The teams exchanged buckets early in the first to make the score 4-4, but Magnolia went on a 12-1 run to end the first period 16-5, Lady Eagles. The only Pilot to score in the stanza was Epic Wayts with a charity toss.

In the second, Wayts and teammate Meghan O’Neal opened up a 21-9 scoring spree to take a 26-25 lead into the break. Alexa Isaly hit a two early in the third and Emily Griffith hit free throws to make the score 32-25, River.

Magnolia’s Padyn Ludewig knocked down two, but O’Neal answered with her own two for the Lady Pilots. Dallas Mullett sacked a free throw to narrow the gap to 34-28. The Pilots then ended the third on a 6-3 run, including a Jordan Ramsey three, to raise their score to 39-31 after three.

In the fourth, the teams seemed to match each other bucket for bucket. But, the Pilots outscored the Eagles 11-10 to make the final score 50-41.

Scoring Pilots: Isaly, 13; Wayts, nine; Williams and O’Neil, eight markers each; Ramsey, seven; and Emily Griffith, five.

Scoring Eagles: Ludewig, 15 points; Corinne Murdock, 10; Tincy Haught, six points; Mullett and Abby Harlan. three points each. Marissa Bosley and Lyndsay Riggs finished off Magnolia’s scoring with two points each.

Magnolia 63,

Weir 54

For the second time this year, the Lady Eagles beat the Weir Lady Red Riders, 63-54, at New Martinsville Jan. 22.

In the first period, Magnolia got going quick and often, putting up 16 points to take a 16-11 lead after one. The Lady Eagles did not let up in the second, where they outscored the Riders 22-9 to take a 38-20 advantage into the break.

But, in the third period, the Riders seemed to take control of the game, as they outscored the Eagles 27-10 to cut the Eagle lead to 48-47.

In the fourth period, Magnolia outscored the Riders. 15 -7 to get the 63-54 victory.

Scoring for Magnolia: Ludewig, 25 points; Lyndsay Riggs, 13 points (and a double-double 15 rebounds); Murdock, 10 markers; Tincy Haught, seven points; Harlan, three; and Mullett, two.

River 55,

Magnolia 36

On Jan. 20, the River Lady Pilots defeated the Magnolia Lady Eagles 55-36 at Hannibal.

The score after one stood at 14-9 in River’s favor. In the second quarter, the Pilots once again hit in double digits with 13 points while holding the Eagles to just four to take a comfortable 27-13 advantage at the half.

The teams matched each other bucket for bucket in the third, with Magnolia emerging from the period with a small 16-14 scoring edge.

But, in the fourth the Pilots got back in control on a 14-8 run to get the nod.

Ludewig hit 18 points for Magnolia, followed by Murdock with seven. Mullett marked up six points, while Riggs and Haught capped off the Lady Eagle points with three and two, respectively.

Madonna 54,

Paden City 37

The Weirton Madonna Lady Blue Dons used balanced scoring and a solid defensive effort in the second half to rope the Lady Wildcats, 54-37 Jan. 24 at Weirton.

Paden City was down two points after one period of play and were down eight points heading into the locker room. But, foul trouble and a good Madonna second half was too much for Paden City to overcome.

Alli Bertozzi was the lone double digit scorer with 11 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Wildcats.

Teammate Shauna Durant chipped in with nine points and a half dozen assists, while Courtney Conaway contributed seven markers that included one basket from beyond the arc.

Amanda Tallman and Dominique Craft each netted four points, while Sasha Newson chipped in a bucket from top of the key.

The Lady ‘Cats take to the road next week when they tangle with Wood County Christian Feb. 2.

Cameron 61,

Paden City 47

Alli Bertozzi paced the Paden City Wildcats with double-double 15 points and 16 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough, as the Cameron Dragons defeated the Lady ‘Cats, 61-47 Jan. 25 at the Dragons Lair.

The Dragons scored 17 points in the first three periods to race out to a 51-39 advantage and held off a last quarter Lady ‘Cat comeback to gain the nod.

Shauna Durant followed Bertozzi with 10 points and three steals, while Amanda Tallman chipped in with eight points and five rebounds. Dominique Craft came off the bench to score five points, including a basket from beyond the arc.

Courtney Conaway and Sasha Newson each drilled a basket from long range, with Erica Sapp and Amy Toman following with two and one point, respectively. Freshman Amanda Heasley didn’t score, but pulled in five boards for the ‘Cats.

Paden City will travel to Bridgeport, Ohio, Jan. 31 to take on the Lady Bulldogs in a make-up game beginning at 12 p.m.

Valley 57,

Tyler Consolidated 31

The Valley Lumberjills outlasted the Tyler Consolidated Lady Silver Knights Jan. 21 at Kidwell for a 57-31 win.

The ‘Jills outscored their bigger opponents in every period, en route to a much deserved victory. The home team did its best in the first period of action. However, the Larry Weekley led ‘Jills took charge and cruised to a 19-7 lead on mostly give-and-goes.

In the second stanza, the ‘Jill point guard Brittany Guthrie went down with an ankle injury, but teammates Lesta Kocher, Hannah Shaw and Jackie Greathouse picked up their game. In addition, Morgan Starkey and Tiffany Hayes filled the void very nicely in taking a 30-13 lead with them into the locker room.

The second half was a lot more interesting, as the Lady Knights held tough and limited the ‘Jills easy buckets off the pick-and-roll. The Knights fell behind a little further in the third period, being outscored by three, 15-12. Tyler scored only six points in the last eight minutes, while the ‘Jills tossed in a dozen.

Kocher and Greathouse paced valley’s attack with 12 points apiece. Kocher was perfect at the charity stripe on her six attempts, while Greathouse earned her points in the paint from nice rebound put-backs.

Shaw lit the Knights up with 11 markers, while Hayes netted three baskets. Guthrie scored five first-half points before her injury, including one basket from beyond the arc. Starkey, Leah Morris, Aly Weber and Lauren Ueltschy finished off the Lumberjill scoring.

Valley 47,

Hundred 46 OT

Valley Lumberjill Tiffany Hays scored five of the ‘Jills eight points in overtime to defeat the Hundred Hornets 47-46 in the Palace in the Hill at Pine Grove Jan. 26.

The Lady Hornets had a chance to win the game in regulation, but miss fired on three shots in the last five seconds.

Aly Weber hit a charity toss and Lesta Kocher nailed down a jumper in OT, while Jordyn Gorby and Nancy Cumberledge hit baskets for Hundred, before Chelsea Kuhn hit one of her four three pointers with five seconds to go in overtime to pull the Hornets to within one. However the ‘Jills ran out the clock to capture round one. Weber paced the Lumberjills with 11 points, while Kocher netted 10 points, including a three point basket. Lauren Ueltschy and Jackie Greathouse each made a pair of baskets from long range, while Hayes netted six, including a basket from beyond the arc. Morgan Starkey scored four points, While Brittany Guthrie and Hannah Shaw each netted two points.

Kuhn led the Lady Hornets with 15 markers, including four three point baskets, while Cumber-ledge netted 10 points. Gorby was held to nine points, including a three-ball, while Raven McDiffitt finished with six points, that included a basket from beyond the arc. Lindsay Burley and Tala Simpson each tallied two markers for the 6-7 Hundred Hornets.

The Lumberjills visit Morgantown Trinity Sat. Jan. 31, while Hundred hosts Clay-Battelle Thurs. Jan. 29.