Chapman Breaks School Scoring Record In Win Over ‘Cats
Paden City 33
The Blue Eagles’ Mallory Chapman rewrote the MHS record books in girls basketball Jan. 17, marking up 43 points that included four from beyond the arc to lead Magnolia to a 79-33 win over the Lady ‘Cats in their home gym.
“Mallory had the game of her life,” said Head Coach Mark Blair. “She has such a great shot and she really makes this team go.”
The previous record was set by Alicia Bell on Jan. 4, 2008, against Weir with 41 points.
Magnolia opened the game with a 9-0 run and ended the period with a commanding 17-4 advantage before the Lady “Cats narrowed the gap to 38-19 at the break.
However, the Big Blue posted a 23-4 third-period score to put the game on ice with a 61-23 margin with one quarter remaining in the game.
Chapman nailed 15 of 24 baskets from the floor, including four out of five tries behind the arc, while setting the nets on fire with nine for 11 free throws. She added 12 rebounds, seven steals, three blocks, and dished out three assists in the game.
Grace Bersiford netted a dozen points, including a pair of triples, while contributing eight steals. Abby Durig came off the bench to drop in eight points, while Jasmine Litton and Kiera Standiford each tacked on five points. Litton also hauled in eight boards.
Audrey Gibb tallied a deuce and a charity toss, while Anna Gibb converted a jumper. Katie Blatt scored a single point, but she wiped the glass with eight rebounds and dished out a career-high 10 assists.
For Paden City, Myah Charkawi tallied a team-high 14 points, including a pair of threeballs, while Logan Cosper contributed 10 points that included a pair from long range. Taylor Cosper netted four points, while Kelsey Loy finished the Lady ‘Cat scoring with three tallies.
The Magnolia Lady Eagles used a 24-17 fourth-period rally to net a 71-66 come-from-behind victory over the Beallsville Lady Blue Devils Jan. 19 in Beallsville.
Mallory Chapman tallied a game-high 24 markers that included a basket from beyond the arc to lead the Eagle scoring. Grace Berisford and Katie Blatt teamed for 31 points, while Audrey Gibb and Kiera Standiford each netted seven points and Abby Durig netted a free throw.
Paden City 45,
With the championship match of the Hometown Invitational on the line, the Wildcats’ Kayla Barker sank a pair of charity tosses with 2.5 seconds remaining to lift Paden City to a thrilling 45-44 come-from-behind victory over Hundred Saturday Jan. 19 inside Bob Burton Gymnasium.
The Paden City girls were down five points late in the game, but Hannah Stanley, Myah Charkawi, and Logan Cosper nailed two pointers to pull the hosts to a point before the Barker heroics.
But, before Barker nailed the charity tosses, the ‘Cats missed a pair of freebies, including an air ball on the final toss. Because the ball didn’t hit the rim, Hundred got the ball out of bounds.
Paden City Head Coach Kelly Sine called a time out to set up strategy, without benefit of three starters who had fouled out earlier.
Hundred tried to get the ball to their 6-foot center, Katie Tennant, but it sailed over her head and Barker was Johnny-on-the-Spot with the recovery. She launched a shot that missed its mark but she was fouled, setting up her game-winning freebies.
Hundred had one more opportunity to score, but Charkawi picked off the pass as time expired. The Paden City student body rushed the floor and hoisted Barker in celebration.
“I’m just so proud of Barker,” said Sine. “After playing her heart out in the junior varsity game, and taking over the point after Taylor Cosper fouled out, she nailed nothing but the bottom of the net. It was priceless.”
Logan Cosper led all scorers with 18 points, while Charkawi added seven markers for Paden City. Taylor Cosper and Cydney Blatt each contributed six points, while Barker, Stanley, Kayla Hizer, and Kelsey Loy shared eight points.
For the Lady Hornets, Katie Tennant sank 14 points, while Emily Ebert netted 11 points and Paige Shriver added 10 markers. In addition, Oshana Topp chipped in four points, Lindsay Jones three points, and Josie Phillips tossed in two points. Cydney Blatt hauled in a career-high 18 rebounds.
The win sends Paden City to South Harrison to play for the H.I.T. Championship Feb. 1 at 8:30 p.m. against Buffalo Putnam.
Paden City 67,
The Wildcats limited Harman to two baskets in the opening frame and the ‘Cats’ Myah Charkawi netted a career-high 28 points that included three bonus bombs, to lead the Paden City Lady ‘Cats to a 67-34 regular-season victory Jan. 18 at Bob Burton Gymnasium.
Logan Cosper added 14 markers, including a threeball, while Hannah Stanley sank seven markers, including a triple.
In addition, Lynah Stanley tacked on five markers, while Kayla Barker and Cydney Blatt each netted four points. Darien Ritchie, Kayla Hizer, and Taylor Cosper each tallied a deuce.
Blatt was again the top rebounder for the ‘Cats with 10.
Wood County 53,
Paden City 39
Myah Charkawi tallied 17 points, including a pair of three-point buckets, but it wasn’t enough for the visiting Paden City Wildcats to get by Wood County Christian, who prevailed 53-39 Jan. 21.
Logan Cosper added 10 markers, while Taylor Cosper and Cydney Blatt each contributed five points and Kayla Hizer hit a deuce.
The Lady Wildcats will have played five games in six days when they traveled to McMechen Tuesday to take on Bishop Donahue, with results unavailable by press time.