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Lady Pilots And Knights Hold Off Lady Blue Eagles

By Staff | Jan 21, 2015

Wheeling Central 61,

Magnolia 48

Wheeling Central went on a 13-0 run late in the fourth period to break open a close game and went on to defeat the Magnolia Lady Eagles 61-48 Tuesday, Jan. 13 inside the MHS HammerDome.

Magnolia took a 16-11 lead after one period of play, and had an eight-point lead early in the second period before the Lady Maroon took the lead at the break, 25-24.

With a little more than three minutes left on the clock, the lead changed hands several times before Wheeling Central got the win with

The young Eagle squad was paced by Kelsi Chapman with 14 points, including a pair of three-point bombs, while Grace Berisford warmed up a cold shooting night with 13 points that included a basket from beyond the arc.

Berisford also added two steals and two blocks, while Katie Blatt and Taylor Ludewig each netted six points. Blatt owned the boards for the Eagles, pulling in 10 off the glass, while rejecting a pair of Central tries. Ludewig’s six points came from beyond the arc, while foiling two Lady Knight shots.

In addition, Autumn Cecil came off the bench to score five markers, while Jordan Delaney netted a deuce and highjacked three Central basketballs. Kiera Standiford scored a deuce and recorded eight rebounds and a game-high four blocks.

Central was paced by Lindsey Baker with 18 markers, while teammate Cate Calissie tallied 16 points.

In the junior varsity tilt, Logan Riggs scored a game-high 13 points, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Central reserves won 35-27. Magnolia’s Morgan Prinkley tallied six points.

River 52, Magnolia 49

The once beaten River Pilots had to use a 15-10 run in the fourth period against the (6-8) Magnolia Lady Blue Eagles Monday evening to claim a 52-49 victory inside R.L. Potts Gymnasium.

The Pilots forged ahead in the opening quarter 12-7, but the Lady Eagle defense would pay dividends as Magnolia went into the locker room up 25-24.

The inspired Blue Eagle club pushed its lead to 39-37 heading into the final eight minutes. However, the Lady Pilots stormed back to take the lead, despite missing some free throws down the stretch. In addition, the Pilot defense caused several Magnolia turnovers, allowing River to raise their season to 13-1.

Brielle Williams paced the Pilots with 25 points, while Jensen Caretti was held to a season-low 10 markers. Bailey Caldwell came off the bench to drain a pair of bonus bombs, while Abby Caldwell and Haylee Bowers each contributed four points. Devyn Potts finished the Pilot scoring with three points.

Taylor Ludewig and Katie Blatt each knocked in a dozen points to pace the Lady Eagles, while Kelsi Chapman netted nine and Kierra Standiford scored six markers.

In addition, Jordan Delaney added four points that included a triple, while Autumn Cecil netted three points and Anna Gibb hit a free throw.

Grace Berisford injured her hand in the game and didn’t play much, but did she did highjack two Pilot basketballs before she went to the bench for the duration early in the second period of play.

Blatt stuffed the stat sheet with 10 boards, four steals, three assists and a block, while playing a stellar defense. Standiford also recorded a game-high 12 rebounds and blocked a shot.

In addition, Delaney contributed five assists, four rebounds and made two steals, while Ludewig contributed four assists and denied two Pilot shots.

The River girls will try to stay atop in the OVAC Class-AAA standings when they travel to Tyler Consolidated today at 6:30 p.m., while Magnolia looks to rebound on the road against Cameron tonight at 7 p.m.