Blue Eagle Boys Fly Over Pilots And Knights
Magnolia 87, Tyler 53
Magnolia junior Preston Boswell drilled a school record 10 baskets from beyond the arc on 14 attempts, while netting a game-high 36 points to lead the Blue Eagles to an 87-53 victory over Tyler Consolidated, Jan. 5 inside the MHS HammerDome.
In doing so, Boswell reached the 1,000 point plateau in his short career, joining his father, John, who scored 1,295 points from 1986-89. He also joined a list of six other male roundballers to have scored 1,000 points during their careers at Magnolia.
The Tyler Silver Knights jumped out to a 8-6 lead to start the game, before the Blue Eagles went on a 24-0 run to take a 30-8 advantage after eight minutes of play. The trio of Boswell, Spencer Campbell, and Mitch Winters scored 28 of the 30 points, with Boswell dropping in a pair of deuces and a trio of three-point bombs. Winters added nine markers, and Campbell pitched in with six points.
Boswell and Campbell torched the nets for 24 of the Eagles’ 27 markers in the second frame, including 5-5 from beyond the arc. Campbell, also connected from downtown once and hit 3-3 from the perimeter to help the Eagles head into the locker room up 57-24.
The Magnolia starting five played sparingly in the second half, with seven different players swishing baskets. Campbell and Zach Haught each knocked down two baskets, while Boswell, Winters, Tyler Anderson, Brooks Parsons and Dylan Jackson each connected on two-pointers that gave Magnolia a 75-35 advantage with one quarter remaining.
Consolidated wouldn’t go down quietly and outscored Magnolia 18-12 in the final stanza for all the game’s scoring.
Boswell led all scorers with 36 points, including 10-14 from well beyond the arc, while Campbell sank 21 markers on 10-16 shooting, that also included one bonus bomb. Winters cashed in on 7-8 shots and finished with 15 points.
In addition, Haught scored four markers, while Derrick Blain, Tyler Anderson, Kenney Washington, Brooks Parsons and Dylan Jackson each knocked in a deuce, and Kyle Ritz a drained a charity toss.
For the Knights, Daron Weekley came off the bench to lead Tyler scorers with 12 points, while Jace Reed accumulated 10 points.
The top-ranked WVSSAC Class-A Blue Eagles will travel down river Friday to tangle with the Paden City Wildcats, with the tilt set for 7:30 p.m.
Magnolia 47 JV Girls’
The Lady Blue Eagle junior varsity team raced out to a 32-17 halftime lead, but the Shadyside Tigers would use a 25-5 fourth period blitz to claim a 52-47 victory Jan. 3 inside the Blue Eagle HammerDome.
Logan Spencer scored 27 points, including a bucket from beyond the arc, while Jordan Delaney netted 11 markers to pace the Lady Eagles. Morgan Prinkley and Autumn Cecil each tacked on three markers, while Katie Hammerick swished a deuce.
Kayla Smith paced the Lady Tigers with 25 points. The Tigers made 17-22 free throws, while Magnolia tallied 5-10 that proved to be the difference.
Lady Pilots 55,
Hounded by the Blue Eagle defense for much of the game, the River’s Jensen Caretti scored a game-high 28 points, pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds, made four steals and four assists, while blocking four Blue Eagle shots to lead the River Pilots to a 55-47 victory Jan. 3 at MHS.
The Lady Eagles held a one-point lead after one period of play, but the Lady Pilots fought back to grab a 23-20 advantage at the break. However, the Eagles regrouped and knotted the game at 37-37 after three periods and before the Pilots finished with a 18-10 run to gain the nod.
Haylee Winkler added 10 points off the bench, while hauling in eight boards. Abby Caldwell netted eight markers for the Pilots and Brianna Williams added six points and grabbed 10 boards. Haylee Bowers netted three points and dished out three assists.
Grace Berisford led all Blue Eagle scoring with 15 points, including three bonus bombs, while Taylor Ludewig netted 11 markers. Jordan Delaney scored eight points off the bench for the Eagles, including a triple, while Kelsi Chapman contributed seven points and grabbed eight rebounds.
In addition, Kierra Standiford scored a pair of baskets, while Anna Gibb netted a deuce. Katie Blatt didn’t score, but played inspired defense, snatching seven rebounds, making four assists, three blocks and two steals.
River Freshmen Boys’ 54, Magnolia 45
The River Pilots outscored Magnolia 20-8 in the third period and went on to claim a 54-45 victory Jan. 3 in boys’ freshmen basketball action at MHS.
Cody Hupp scored 33 points to pace the Pilots, while Drew Wilson and Clay Jones each tallied eight markers. Dillon Grimes nailed a threeball, while Grant Williams swished a deuce for all the Pilot scoring.
Jarrett Moore and DeMarco Smith each swished a pair of bonus bombs, while netting 14 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the Blue Eagles. In addition, Darin Shimp and Garrett Babe netted eight and seven points, respectively, while William Nice swished a pair of deuces.
Magnolia JV?Boys’ 47, River 45
In a highly contested boys junior varsity match, the Blue Eagles’ Dillon Jackson nailed 3-4 free throws down the stretch to help lead Magnolia to a 47-45 thrilling come-from-behind victory over River Jan. 3 at MHS HammerDome.
Tyler Williamson netted a team-high 13 points, that included a threeball, while Peau Halahingano followed with nine points that included a pair from downtown. Austin Adams added seven markers that included a pair of triples, while Jarrett Delaney netted a pair of two-pointers, and Alex Anderson tossed in a deuce.
Three Pilots scored in double figures, Michaels Dierkes (15), Issac Curtis (11) and Jordan Doty (10), while Wyatt Reynolds and Michael Collins tallied five and four points, respectively.
MHS Boys’ Varsity 81, River 51
Magnolia jumped held a 47-24 advantage at the break and never looked back in handing the River Pilots a 81-51 defeat inside the MHS HammerDome, Jan. 3.
Preston Boswell and Spencer Campbell paced the Blue Eagle attack with 27 points and 22 points, respectively, in three quarters of play. Mitch Winters followed with 11 markers, while Zach Haught and Kyle Ritz each dialed in with eight points. In addition, Tyler Williamson banked in a triple, while Brooks Parsons and Dillon Jackson each netted a deuce.
For the Pilots, Cole Isaly and Jarrett Armann tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively, while Lukas Isaly added eight points, including a bucket from beyond the arc.
In addition, Ryan Indermuhle sank six points, while Blaze Amos netted a pair of deuces. Matt Gauding and Brandon Smith each scored three points, while Issac Curtis and Joey Flannery each sank a deuce.
The Blue Eagles will head down the River to tangle with Paden City Friday, while the Pilots will head to Shenandoah to take on the Zeps. Both games will tip off at 7:30 p.m.