Boswell Scores 39, Magnolia Downs MC
The Magnolia Blue Eagles outscored the Monroe Central Seminoles, 52-23, in the first half and never looked back in gaining a 91-52 victory Dec. 22 in the Eagles home-opener.
Magnolia raced out to a 30-14 first-quarter lead, led by Mitch Winters, who scored six points, dished out four assists, grabbed four rebounds and made two steals in what was and up and down exciting first quarter of basketball.
Monroe Central Head Coach Scooter Tolzda had high praise for the Blue Eagle team and Preston Boswell after the game.
“There is no better team on our schedule better than those guys, and the Boswell boy is a scorer.”
The Big Blue defense, led by the defensive genius of assistant coach Bob Ripley, in the second quarter limited the high-powered Seminoles to a mere nine points, compared to the Blue Eagles 22 points which helped Magnolia extend its lead to 29 points by intermission.
Boswell (26 points) scored more than all eight Seminole players that saw time in the first half of play.
“Boswell brings up a level to everybody on the floor,” Magnolia coach Dave Tallman said. “They play up to his level and there is no doubt that the kids feed off of him.”
The Seminoles came out of the break on fire, out-scoring Magnolia 16-14 before Magnolia shut the door with a 25-13 fourth period blitz with all their players seeing quality minutes in the period.
Not only did the Eagles bench see major playing time in the fourth period, but the Eagles used eight players in each of the three previous periods of play.
Besides Boswell’s 39 markers, he dished out six assists, grabbed six rebounds and pick-pocketed six Seminole players. Tyler Williamson followed with 14 markers, including a pair of bonus bombs, while making three steals, while Winters contributed a double-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and blocked three shots.
Kyle Ritz tallied only six points, but he had eight boards, started fast-break, after fast-break, while being a force along with Winters and Zach Haught in the paint.
In addition, Tyler Anderson and Derrick Blain each netted five points, including a three-ball, while Haught and Brooks Parsons each netted four points.