Magnolia Claims Boggs Pizza Championship, 87-55
Magnolia 87, Valley 55
In the Boggs Pizza Roundball Classic at Tyler Consolidated Jan. 15-17, the Magnolia Blue Eagles used relentless ball pressure to help an 87-55 victory over the Valley Lumberjacks in the finals.
Preston Boswell snagged the opening tip from Mitch Winters and drained one of his five triples for the game’s opening points. The two teams traded baskets until late in the first, but the Big Blue defensive pressure lifted them to a 19-9 lead after the first eight minutes of play.
‘In the second stanza, the teams combined to score 50 points with the Eagles on top 50-28 at intermission.
The Magnolia pressure helped push the Blue Eagle advantage to 69-35 heading into the final period of play. The Lumberjacks didn’t back down, however, and outscored Magnolia 20-18 in the fourth period.
Mitch Winters and Spencer Campbell, along with the ‘Jacks’ Joey Preat and Tucker Cain, each earned all-tournament honors.
For Magnolia, Preston Boswell was the game’s top scorer with 29 markers, including five baskets from beyond the arc. Campbell tallied 17 points, while Winters also netted a pair from long range to include in his 15-point game.
In addition, Kyle Ritz sank eight points that included two treys, while Tyler Williamson cashed in with five points that also including a long range basket. Brooks Parsons and Tyler Anderson each dialed in from long range for three points each.
In addition, Derek Blain contributed five points.
Eight of the Blue Eagle scorers sank 13 baskets from beyond the arc, while the ‘Jacks netted only one. Valley swished 29 baskets, four more than Magnolia. The Blue Eagles were 6 of 21 at the foul line, while the Lumberjacks netted only 4 of 14 free throws.
For the Lumberjacks, Cain and Preat each sank 14 points, while Peyton Palmer netted 10 points. Jack Wells added seven markers and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Dylan Irvin contributed four tallies. Hayden Lancaster and Trey Streets each scored three points, with Streets’ coming from beyond the arc. Preat also hauled in 10 boards for a double-double.
Magnolia 99, Oak Glen 59
In the tournament’s opening game, the Blue Eagles jumped all over the Oak Glen Golden Bears and never looked back in winning 99-59, with the MHS big three of Boswell, Campbell and Winters accounting for 69 of those points. The three also combined to shoot 27-33 at the free-throw line.
Magnolia took a 33-15 lead after the first eight minutes of play and went into the locker room up 59-28.
Magnolia poured in more 30 points to start the second half to take an 89-41 advantage with one quarter left in regulation. in that final period, Magnolia added 10 more points, while the Bears netted 18.
Boswell again paced the Blue and Gold with 28 points that included two baskets from beyond the arc. He also made seven assists and four steals. Campbell sank 19 markers, while Winters netted 16 points and grabbed six boards.
Blain followed with nine markers, while Ritz chipped in with six points. Anderson sank two baskets, while Parsons and Zach Haught each sank a deuce for all the Blue Eagle scoring.
The Blue Eagles have a busy week ahead, starting with a road game Tuesday at River and a game with Bishop Donahue Thursday in McMechen. They will end the week with a game against Wheeling Central in the finale of the New Martinsville Rotary Challenge inside the MHS HammerDome around 7:30 p.m.
Valley 78, Tyler 58
The Lumberjacks opened the Boggs Pizza Roundball Classic with a 32-16 advantage over Tyler Consolidated and held on for an impressive 78-58 victory Jan. 16.
Tucker Cain led all scorers with 17 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, while teammate Hayden Lancaster netted 13 points. Jack Wells added 11 points and seven rebounds, while Joey Preat sank 10 markers.
In addition, Trey Streets had an all-around nice game with nine points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Alex Madcap sank seven points. Peyton Palmer swished three baskets, while hauling in a game-high 12 rebounds. Dylan Irvin sank a pair of baskets, while Liam Midcap swished a free throw.
The Lumberjacks return to action Tuesday at Hundred and will open the H.I.T. at home Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Linsly 63, Magnolia 44
The Linsly Lady Cadets raced out to a 23-7 advantage and never looked back in beating Magnolia 63-44 Jan. 15. Grace Berisford paced the Lady Eagles with 12 points, including two baskets from beyond the arc. She also made four assists and stole three Golden Bear basketballs. Teammate Kelsi Chapman followed with 10 points that also included a pair from long range. She also grabbed six boards, while Kierra Standiford and Taylor Ludewig each sank seven tallies. Standiford also contributed 10 boards and made six steals, while Ludewig dished out four assists.
In addition, Autumn Cecil sank five markers and Katie Blatt added three points.
Magnolia 52, Valley 28
In the consolation game with the Valley Lumberjills Jan. 17, Magnolia took an 18-9 lead and never looked back in handing Valley a 52-28 loss.
Berisford was the top scorer for the Lady Eagles with 14 points, while stuffing the stat sheet with six assists, five rebounds, one steal and a block. Kelsi Chapman followed with an even dozen and six steals, while Katie Blatt sank eight points, blocked a shot and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
In addition, Kierra Standiford had a solid night with six points, eight rebounds, two blocks and a steal, while Jordan Delaney came off the bench to sink five points. Delaney also added three rebounds and two steals, while Logan Riggs sank a pair of charity tosses. Anna Gibb swished a free throw, while Autumn Cecil grabbed a pair of rebounds. stole three and blocked one.
Sophie Palmer and Rachel Baker each tallied a team-high nine points to lead the ‘Jills, while Palmer added five rebounds, dished out four assists and made two steals. Madison Arnolds and Erin Brown each recorded six markers. Brown stuffed the stat sheet with eight rebounds, two steals, one assist and blocked a shot. Kaitlyn Brown sank a triple for all the Lumberjill scoring.
Erin Brown, along with the Eagles’ Kelsi Chapman earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
Tyler 46, Valley 42
Valley’s Sophie Palmer netted a game-high 19 points, including a trio of three pointers, but it wasn’t quite enough to get past Tyler Consolidated, who won the opening matchup of the Roundball Classic 46-42.
Erin Brown netted 16 markers, while Madison Arnolds followed with nine points. Sarah Bassett and Kaitlyn Brown each sank three points, while Cassidy Price sank a deuce for all the Lumberjill scoring.