Eagles Knock Off Wildcats In OT Thriller, 76-74
The “Cardiac Kids” of Magnolia would fall in arrears by 19 points early, but nibbled at the Paden City lead until the Eagles’ Preston Boswell drained a jumper to send the game into overtime. There the Blue Eagles claimed an exciting 76-74 victory Feb. 6 inside a jam-packed MHS HammerDome.
With this win, Magnolia now has won two of their last three games by a combined two points, beating Trinity in an exciting 81-76 come from behind by 19 points, and then losing an 84-79 contest to Greater Beckley Christian after holding a 19-point advantage, before coming from behind once more against Paden City by 19 points to claim the two-point victory.
The Wildcats started the game red-hot, knocking down the bulk of their shots from outside to go on top 23-12 after the first eight minutes of play. They also scored the first eight points in the second period. However, the Eagles started putting it together with the help of their 2-2-1 press and narrowed the gap to 41-31 at the break.
The Wildcats would give the ball away eight times in the third period to let Magnolia climb back into contention at 50-43 with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
After a cold first half,, Boswell started to heat up, scoring 16 of his team-high 27 points, yet Magnolia trailed 62-56 following a pair of Hayden Hizer charity tosses by the ‘Cats to give them a 64-56 lead.
Boswell then drilled a triple to offset a Luke Cooper deuce and also hit the second of two free throws. He was then fouled when he highjacked a Wildcat inbound pass with 36 seconds remaining. At the stripe, he drained two free throws to narrow Paden City’s lead to 64-62.
The Wildcats gave away several chances to put the game away with
turnovers and missed free throws that gave the Eagles new life. Boswell then cashed in with a floater to even the count at 64-64 to send the game into overtime.
The Eagles’ Tyler Anderson nailed a triple – his only bucket of the game – to open the extra period and Magnolia never trailed the rest of the game.
Spencer Campbell scored 19 points in the game and connected on a pair of jumpers for the Blue Eagles in the extra period. Kennedy Cain hit a threeball with four ticks left on the clock to pull the ‘Cats to within a point. On the inbounds pass, Campbell was fouled. He made the first and missed the second, giving Paden City one last try. On the rebound, Hizer’s heave fell short, giving the hosts a come from behind victory.
Cain led the ‘Cats with 29 markers, including a pair from long range, while Cooper netted 24 points, including a pair of bonus bombs. Hizer sank nine markers, while adding seven rebounds and a game-high seven assists. He also heisted two balls from Magnolia.
Zach Heasley, who was held to seven points that included a triple, played limited minutes because of foul trouble. Craig Allen knocked in a deuce and Logan Carroll drained a free throw.
For the 12-4 Eagles, Boswell scored when it counted the most and ended with 27 points, including a pair of baskets from beyond the arc. Campbell added 19 markers, that included a trio of three-pointers, while Mitch Winters added 14 points and hauled in a dozen rebounds for a double-double.
In addition, Derrick Blain followed with five points, Kyle Ritz had four, Anderson scored three points. Brooks Parsons landed two points and Zach Haught added one point for all the Magnolia scoring.
Paden City 65,
Midland Trail 47
Paden City outscored Midland Trail in every period to claim a 65-47 verdict in the second game of the H.I.T. Feb. 7 at Valley Fayette High School.
Luke Cooper just missed having a double-double with a game-high 24 points and nine rebounds to pace the Wildcat scoring. Kennedy Cain was the only other double-digit scorer for the ‘Cats with a dozen. Cain also hauled in eight rebounds and dished out a team-high four assists.
In addition, Zach Heasley and Hayden Hizer each recorded seven markers, while Brandon Cross dropped in six points. Deven Price tallied five markers, while Aaron Heasley sank a deuce.
Valley Fayette 71,
Paden City 57
Paden City’s Kennedy Cain lit up Valley Fayette in the second round of the H.I.T. Boys’ Division I playoffs with 20 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn’t quite enough to get past the Greyhounds, who claimed a 71-57 win Feb. 4 at Valley Fayette High School.
The Greyhounds used a 17-6 second-period run to head into the locker room 31-18 with the lead and never looked back after the break.
Luke Cooper tallied 15 points and cleaned the glass with eight rebounds, while Zach Heasley and Craig Allen netted six and five markers, respectively. Brandon Cross added four points, while Aaron Heasley swished a basket from beyond the arc and Logan Caroll hit a deuce.
Paden City 103,
Kennedy Cain contributed a triple-double and Zach Heasley added a double-double to power the Paden City Wildcats to a 103-64 victory over the Blue Devils Feb. 3 in Beallsville.
Cain finished the evening with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, while Heasley contributed 18 points, 10 rebounds and dished out six assists to help push the ‘Cats to 7-6 on the season.
Luke Cooper and Hayden Hizer also reached double-digits for the Wildcats. Cooper sank 23 points and nearly had a double-double with eight boards, while Hizer tallied 14 points that included a pair of long range baskets.
In addition, Brandon Cross and Craig Allen each netted six markers, while Logan Carroll netted a deuce. Chase Mercer and Chad Louden scored 22 and 18 points, respectively, to pace the Blue Devil attack.
Magnolia 77, OT
Valley Fayette 72
The Cardiac Kids from Magnolia High School did it again, scoring 11 points in overtime to beat Valley Fayette 77-72.
The Blue Eagles took a 25-20 lead into the second period, only to see Fayette outscore the Eagles 14-6 in the second stanza to grab a 34-31 advantage at the break.
The Greyhounds extended their lead by one after three periods of play, but the Blue Eagles overshot their hosts 19-15 to send the game into overtime.
Preston Boswell scored a game-high 25 markers, while Spencer Campbell netted 22. Mitch Winters contributed a double-double 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Kyle Ritz netted seven and Tyler Williamson four points.
In addition, Derrick Blain nailed a deuce and Tyler Anderson swished a charity toss for all the Magnolia scoring. Big Blue scored one less basket than Fayette, but sank 16-21 from the charity line. Fayette, which scored one more threeball, went 10-17 at the stripe.
Magnolia now has won three of the last four games by single digits, including the last two games in overtime. The Eagles hosted Bishop Donahue Tuesday, with results not available by press time.