Eagles Slay Knights
The Magnolia Lady Eagles jumped out of the gate Dec. 8, putting up 23 points in the first quarter against sectional rival Tyler Consolidated and holding the Lady Silver Knights to five points. From there, the Lady Blue went on to cruise to a convincing 70-55 victory in the Magnolia season opener Dec. 8 in the MHS HammerDome.
The Lady Eagles not only put the ball into the hoop, they kept the Knights from mounting any type of offense throughout the game.
After the first period, the Lady Knights hung around a bit. But, when the Eagles needed a score, point guard Padyn Ludewig was there to douse any Tyler spark, scoring 27 points that included a pair of three-point baskets.
Besides Ludewig’s scores, the Eagles opted to sophomore Marissa Bosley for points, while the leadership of lone senior Lindsay Cain kept the Eagles focused on the job at hand. Defensive pressure from sophomore Dallas Mullett also was a factor, as was the 12 points she put up on the board.
Mullett’s quick hands hijacked the basketball several times and caused several Tyler turnovers, as did Bosley and Ludewig.
“Give the Lady Knights credit,” said Lady Eagles Head Coach Dave Chapman. “They never gave up and kept right in there after the first period of play.
“How about the play of Padyn?,” Chapman asked rhetorically. “She was just phenomenal all night. She scored when we needed a basket and made an assist when she had someone open. It was a team effort keyed by the play of Padyn. The girls just feed off her energy and gave a nice performance in our home opener.”
Following Ludewig in scoring was Bosley, who netted 20 points, including a basket from beyond the arc. Mullet added 10 points for three double digit scorers, while Harlan dropped in six points. Babe netted a three pointer, while Cain contributed a nice baby hook inside the paint.
Monroe Central 59 Magnolia 45
On Thursday, Dec. 10, the Magnolia Lady Blue Eagles traveled to Skyview, where The Monroe Central Lady Seminoles prevailed, 59-45.
Both teams came out of the gate able to put points on the board, but, after one period of play, Monroe Central was on top by three points, 16-13.
In the second period, both squads’ defenses took over, as the Eagles outscored the Noels 7-6 but, were still down by two at the break 22-20.
Once again, both teams put the ball in the hoop during the third period, but the Lady ‘Noles outscored the Lady Blue 20-15 to take a 42-35 lead after three periods of play. In the fourth quarter, the ‘Noels pulled away. out hooping the Eagles 17-10 for the win.
Scoring for the Eagles was Ludewig with 20 points, including a long range bomb; Bosley added 13 markers; Harlan contributed six points; while Babe added a three pointer. Dallas Mullett scored two points, while Lindsay Cain swished a free throw.