Blue Eagles On A Roll; Knock Off Madonna And Hornets
Magnolia 57, Madonna 54
Spencer Campbell sank a pair of free throws late in the fourth period to help give Magnolia a thrilling 57-54 Senior Night victory over Weirton Madonna inside the MHS HammerDome Feb. 26.
With his leading scorer Preston Boswell out with a hip injury, Magnolia Head Coach Dave Tallman started his five seniors, Eric Smith, Zach Willhoite, Logan Massey, Kevin Taylor, and Nathan Durig. Of those, only Willhoite was a regular starter.
The Blue Eagles raced out to a 16-6 lead and went into the locker room up 28-17, and was up 41-32 after three periods of play in a low-scoring game up to this point.
However, Madonna started to chip away at the Blue Eagle lead with a pair of three pointers and a deuce to cut the Magnolia lead down to 53-50 with 1:40 left in regulation.
Campbell drilled two straight charity tosses, but the ‘Dons sank two of three to make it 55-52. However, the Eagles missed a pair of freebies and Madonna would sink a pair to pull the visitors to within one point.
After a Magnolia turnover, the Dons’ leading scorer would miss a bunny. But Campbell was Johnny-on-the-Spot with the rebound and Madonna quickly fouled him, sending him to the line very late in the contest. Campbell, who already sank eight of eight attempts, calmly drained the pair of double-bonus tries to give the hosts a three-point cushion with seconds remaining.
The Dons top scorer would miss a three-point try at the buzzer to give the Magnolia the win.
“My team has fought through so much adversity,” said Tallman. “That’s why I have so much confidence in them. But, give Madonna a lot of credit. They played from behind all game and fought back. I’m glad a quarter only eight minutes. If it had been nine, the outcome might have been different.”
In addition to Campbell’s 22 points, Mitch Winters had eight, while Chase Miller and Zach Willhoite poured in seven markers apiece. Kyle Ritz followed with six points, while Eric Smith netted three, Kevin Taylor and Derrick Blain each sank a deuce.
Valley 87, Hundred 43
Triston Kocher recorded a double-double, 21 points and 15 rebounds, on Senior Night to lead the Valley Lumberjacks to a 87-43 victory over the Hundred Hornets Feb. 26 in Pine Grove.
Joey Preat scored the game’s first bucket, while teammate Jack Wells swatted away back-to-back Hundred shots before the Hornets’ Greg Stewart tickled the twine from 15 feet out to tie the game. Preat would add another two-pointer, while Hayden Lancaster knocked away a Hornet shot attempt.
Kocher scored a deuce and Tucker Cain netted a pair of freebies for the ‘Jacks, before the Hunter Goddard tickled the twine from beyond the arc to cut Hundred’s deficit in half. However, the Lumberjacks would score eight more markers in the period, to only a basket by Hundred, to give the hosts an 18-7 advantage after one period of play.
Kocher scored a deuce and a free throw to open the second stanza, while the Hundred’s Stewart sank a two-pointer. However, Valley would go on a 28-9 run the rest of the period to take a commanding 48-18 lead at the break.
Valley added 24 markers in the third and 19 more in the fourth, while the Hornets netted 10 in the third and 15 in the fourth.
Preat, Cain and Wells each scored a dozen markers to follow Kocher’s 21 points, while Lancaster, Kinley Utt and Alex Midcap each contributed six points off the bench. In addition, Trey Streets, Taylor Bates and Dylan Irvin each recorded four points.
Holden Moore sank 10 points to lead Hundred in scoring, while Stewart sank nine points. Goddard and Danny Stewart each recorded eight markers, while Andrew King drained six and Joe Mars a deuce.
In the junior varsity tilt, it was all Valley, as the ‘Jacks outscored the Hornets 71-33 in their final game of the season for both teams.
Dylan Irving led all scorers with 22 points, while Colton Ring, Taylor Bates and Joey Goontz each posted eight markers and Alex Midcap scored seven points.
Trinity 64, Valley 41
The Valley Lumberjacks raced out to a 15-9 lead after one period of play against Morgantown Trinity in the Region I, Section II Sectionals/ But. the Warriors would outscore the Lumberjacks the rest of the way to claim a 64-41 victory March 1 at Clay-Battelle High School.
Wells paced the ‘Jacks with 12 points, while Kocher and Streets each posted six points. Lancaster and Cain each tacked five markers, while Preat netted four, Bates a deuce, and Lathe Ueltschy sank a free throw.
The Lumberjacks will lose only Kocher to graduation, while bringing back the rest of the team, including starters Wells, Streets, Lancaster, Cain and Preat.
Magnolia 57, Lady Dons 47
The Magnolia Lady Blue Eagles used a 14-2 run to end the second quarter of the WVSSAC Region I, Section I, Girls Class-A Sectional Semifinals and used clutch foul shooting down the stretch to eliminate Weirton Madonna 57-47 from contention Feb. 25 inside the MHS HammerDome.
“This game worried me. You just don’t know how the kids are going to play,” said Magnolia Head Coach Mark Blair. “In a sectional game, you either win or go home. If you have one bad game in a sectional tournament, you’re done.”
After a slow start, the Eagles’ Grace Berisford put back a rebound for the game’s first points. However the Blue Dons nailed their first of their seven three pointers in the game and added a free throw to take a 4-2 lead.
Senior Mallory Chapman swished a jumper from the top of the key, and, after an Audrey Gibb steal, teammate Katie Blatt then sank one of two free throws to reclaim the lead at 5-4.
Then Madonna would score, then Chapman, then Madonna, then Chapman again to knot the game at 9-9. The Eagles would start a mini rally, beginning with a Berisford steal and a pair of free throws. Chapman then swatted away a Blue Don shot and Berisford would take a Don charge that fired up not only Eagles coaches Blair and Tom Tisher, but the Blue Eagle faithful in attendance. That forced a Blue Don time out.
Chapman dished off to Blatt and, after a Blue Don turnover, Chapman sank a jumper late in the opening frame. Freshman Kelsi Chapman sank a set shot just inside the arc to end the first period with the Eagles on top, 15-9.
`Madonna opened the second period with 7-0 run to climb back into contention, but the Lady Eagles responded with a 14-2 spree to head into the locker room up 31-19.
After a long series where neither team could put the ball in the basket, Madonna would use back-to-back threeballs to open then second half to cut the Eagle lead down to down to six at 37-31. Mallory knocked in the last four points of the third period to push Magnolia’s lead to 41-33 with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
The sisters Chapman would score the first two buckets in the fourth period before Madonna netted the next five points. After back-to-back buckets by Blatt and Kelsi Chapman, Madonna would dial in from long distance, adding a steal and a put back, to force Magnolia to call a time out with 2:22 left on the clock.
With Madonna having to foul to get back into the contest, they picked on the wrong girl, as Kelsi Chapman would sink 5-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the deal.
“i’m just happy we can advance and move on,” said a jubilant Blair. “It was a nice win for us, and I thought our girls never gave up. What a job Kelsi did late in the game for us tonight. She works so hard at practice every day at her foul shooting and it paid off in a big way tonight.”
Mallory Chapman scored the game’s only double-double with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, passing off four assists and making three blocks. Kelsi netted 12 markers and swiped three basketballs.
In addition, Berisford netted 11 markers in a terrific floor game, while Blatt tallied nine markers and hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds. Kierra Standiford scored a deuce and her energy on the floor was contagious. She added five steals, pulled down nine boards and blocked one Blue Don shot.
By R. J. GOODE
For the Sports Department
Trailing 40-21 at the half and having only hit three buckets in the second quarter, it looked like the Magnolia Lady Blue Eagles were going to get run out of the gym by the Wheeling Central Lady Marion Knights.
However, the Eagles made a run in the second half but would come up short 68-59 in the Class-A Region I, Section I finale on Friday Feb. 28 at John Marshall High School.
After the Knights got four quick points to start the game, Grace Beisford hit a two and Mallory Chapman followed that up with a pair of free throws to tie the game at 4-4. The Knights quickly retook the lead with the next four points to make the score 8-6.
A Knight deuce was then sandwiched between a twoball from Kiera Standiford and threeball from Beisford. Katie Blatt the hit a two to give the Lady Eagles their only lead of the game at 11-10 late in the first. The Knights scored seven of the last eight points of the quarter to take a 17-12 lead.
A Kelsie Chapman long bomb cut the lead to at 17-15 early in the second, but Magnolia’s only points for the rest of the quarter were a Beisford three, a free throw by Mallory Chapman and a deuce by Kelsi Chapman. To end the half, the Maroon went on a 23-6 run to end up on top with a comfy 40-21 lead.
The third quarter started with threes from Beisford and both Chapmans that cut the lead to 42-30 as the Lady in Blue began to claw their way back into the game. After four straight Central points, Mallory Chapman swished a deuce and Beirsford drilled another three to make the score 46-35 mid-way through the third. The Knights added another four points to go up 50-35. The Eagles finally got over the hump, scvoring nine of the last 11 points to make the score 52-44 after three quarters of play.
An Audrey Gibb deuce started the fourth and cut the Knights’ lead to six early in the fourth. But, Central got back to back buckets and the lead grew back to 10, at 56-46. A three-point play the old fashion way by Mallory Chapman and a pair of free throws from her younger sister cut the lead to just five points.
It looked like the Eagles were in postion to make another run, but a deuce from Blatt was Oreoed between a pair of Knight buckets and the score stood at 60-53. Over the last 4:07 of the game, the Knights then outscored the Eagles 8-6 and went on to a 68-59 victory.
Scoring for Magnolia: Mallory Chapman had 20 points, including a pair of triples and pulled down five boards. Kelsi Chapman had 11, Beisford sank 13, including three baskets from beyond the arc, and made three steals, Blatt put up seven pointsand had a team-high six rebounds, three steals and blocked two Madonna shots, Standiford drained five, Gibb four and Fowler ended the night with two markers.
The Lady Eagles, ranked ninth in the state, will travel to meet the number two ranked and 20-1 St. Mary’s Lady Blue Devils. That game will be played at St. Mary’s today at 7 p.m.
Magnolia 92, Hundred 21
All but two of the 12 Magnolia Blue Eagles who dressed scored March 1, as the Eagles defeated the Hundred Hornets 92-21 in the Class-A Region I Section I quarter finale at MHS.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 13-0 lead with six of those points coming from sophomore Magnolia “Big Man” Mitch Winters. Five markers were from junior standout Spencer Campbell, who scored with five minutes to play in the first quarter.
The Hornets got on the board with a deuce with 3:45 to go in the second to make it 17-2, MHS. Magnolia’s Tyler Anderson drained six points late in the first to make the score 27-2 after one quarter of play. Every Blue Eagle who dressed played in the first quarter.
Danny Stewart hit a free throw for the Hornets. The Eagles’ Derek Blain and the Hornets Holden Moore both knocked down deuces and made the score 29-5. Blain and Campbell hit threes on back-to-back trips down the floor to give Magnolia a 35-5 advantage mid-way through the second period. Moments later, Dylan Shimp grabbed an offensive rebound and put it in to make the score 41-5 with 4:02 showing on the clock. The rest of the quarter saw the Eagles outscore the Hornets 6-1, with the Hornets Aaron Kolat knocking in a charity toss. At intermission, the Blue Eagles were ahead 47-6.
The Eagles scored the first eight points of the third quarter, but the Hornet’s answered with a free throw and back to back buckets to make the score 55-11 with 5:20 showing on the third quarter clock.
The Hornets hit a threeball, but Magnolia outscored the visitors 16-3 the rest of the quarter for a 71-14 advantage going into the final period.
The Hornets’ Andrew King got the scoring started early in the fourth with a deuce, but Winters and Magnolia senior Logan Massey each swished the cords with a deuce for the Eagles and made the score 75-16.
After Blain scored three points the old-fashioned way, Hundred’s Hunter Goddard swished the cords from downtown and Moore drilled a deuce to make the score read 84-21 with 3:05 to go. The Eagles then ended the game on an 8-0 run for a final score of 92-21.
in scoring for the Eagles, Campbell led five players in double figures with 21 markers, while Tyler Anderson set a career-high with 17 points. Winters put up 13 points, while Blain and Shimp both had career highs of 12 points. Zach Willhoite had eight points and Wesley Morgan ended the game with four points – all from the free throw line. Massey and Dylan Jackson both had two points and Eric Smith swished a free throw.
For the Hornets, Moore had 13 points, Stewart drained six, Goddard accounted for three points, while King got two points and Kolat hit a free throw.
With the win, the Blue Eagles will advance to the sectional semifinals against Bishop Donahue, held Tuesday after press time. If they won, then MHS?will play, on Friday, the winner of Wheeling Central vs. Weirton Madonna.