Knights Hold Off Blue Eagles, 57-52
Senior Grace Berisford led three Magnolia Lady Blue Eagles in double figures with 16 points, however, it was not enough as Wheeling Central held off a late comeback by the Blue Eagles, prevailing 57-52
inside the Hammerdome at Magnolia High School on Tuesday, Dec. 8. It was the Lady Eagles home opener.
After the Knights jumped out to a 5-0 lead, buckets from Beisford and junior Taylor Ludwig, off an assist from Berisford, and one of two free throws from Ludwig, made the score 5-5 with 3:45 to go in the first. However, the Knights then scored the 10 next points and, after a pair of Kelsi Chapman charity tosses late in the first, Central held a 15-7 lead after one.
The teams then proceeded to trade points, including a three from Ludwig. Berisford made the score 21-17 with four and a half minutes to go before the half.
The Knights got the next eight points to go up 29-17 midway through the second. But Chapman had other plans as she scored the final seven points of the half, which included a triple, making the score 29-24 at the half in favor of the guests.
After the Knights got a two early in the third to make the score 31-24, back-to-back threes from Chapman and Beisford and a two from Ludwig gave Magnolia its first lead of the game at 32-31 just past the midway point of the third.
The teams then traded buckets to make it 34-33 Eagles.
After a Knights’ three, Berisford knocked in a pair of free throws to make the score 36-36 with 2:20 to play in the quarter. The Knights got the next five points to take a 41-36 lead late in the quarter. However, Berisford knocked down a three with 12 seconds left to make the score 41-39 Central after three.
To start the finale quarter, Central got the initial five points to go up 46-39. But a two from Blue Eagle senior Cedar Sands started a run where the teams traded buckets and the score stood at 51-44 Central midway through the fourth. The Knights then got back-to-back buckets to take a 55-44. But, senior Anna Gibb got a two which started a stretch of eight straight points for Magnoliam, making the score 55-52 with just with just over a minute to play. However, the Knights got a two with less then 20 seconds to play, which made the finale score 57-52.
The Eagles were led in scoring by Berisford with 16 points. Chapman had 13, Ludwig had 10 and junior Jordan Delaney had seven, all of which came in the fourth quarter. Gibb had four and Sands had a bucket.