Magnolia Stifles St. Marys and Cameron
Magnolia’s Preston Boswell scored a combined 79 points in wins against St. Mary (61-49) and Cameron (70-52) last week.
Against the WVSSAC 13th-ranked Blue Devils on Feb. 24, Magnolia fell behind 8-3, then Boswell and company took over. Boswell scored the next eight points to give Magnolia an 11-8 lead that it never relinquished. After a pair of Blue Devil freebies, Boswell netted a free throw. The Eagles’ Tyler Williamson closed out period one with a bonus bomb to give the Blue Eagles a 15-12 lead. In the period, Mitch Winters blocked three Devil shots, while Zach Haught rejected another.
Derrick Blain opened the second period with a steal and a layup. St. Marys had four shots at goal and came up empty, but Magnolia coach Dave Tallman seen enough and called a timeout.
The Devils again had numerous shots at the goal and again came up empty. The Eagles’ Tyler Anderson pulled down the last Devil miss and took it to the hole and pulled the Blue Devils defense to him and dished it off to a wide open Kyle Ritz for an easy basket that forced St. Marys into a timeout.
After the brief timeout, Anderson stole a pass and dished it off to Boswell, who swished his only 3-pointer of the night.
St. Marys answered with a 3 of its own, but Boswell knocked down a short jumper. Winters changed a Devil shot so he couldn’t get his fourth block, and Anderson had two more steals that turned into four points to give Magnolia a 28-17 lead with a little more than three minutes remaining in the first half.
Anderson added two more steals, but the Devils ended the period with a basket and a pair of free throws to end the opening half down 28-21.
Trying to make another steal, Anderson picked up his third foul and took a seat. St. Marys took advantage of his absence and quickly converted a two pointer, but Boswell and Ritz would score back-to-back goals.
The Devils swished a long-ball and a short jumper, but each time the Blue Eagles responded with a pair of baskets of their own. A Boswell fake allowed him to get around a Blue Devils defender and gave Magnolia a 37-30 lead at the five-minute mark. After a Winters’ steal, Boswell swished a jumper inside the elbow. After a Devils basket, Ritz added a free throw and after a Winters block, Ritz took one to the hole for an easy two with the assist coming from Boswell to push the Eagles advantage back to 10 points at 42-31.
Haught drew a charging call and Boswell made it count, adding a conventional three-point play with two minutes to go. Boswell sank two free throws, and after another Haught block, St. Marys would sink a 3-pointer. Haught converted on a tip in, but it was a little too late.
Boswell scored 12 of the Eagles’ 14 fourth quarter points, with Williamson cashing in a pair of free throws, and Anderson taking a charge.
Anderson scored only two points, but he nearly got a double-double, cleaning the pocket of 10 Devil players, while keeping numerous shots at goal both on offensive and defensive boards alive with his hustle to lead the Blue Eagles.
Boswell scored a game-high 40 points, knocking in 15 of 20 free throws to pace the offense. Ritz followed with nine points, and like Anderson, Winters and Haught kept many offensive and defensive balls alive with their tenacity.
Eagles Top Dragons on Senior Night
Magnolia doubled up Cameron, 12-6, in the opening quarter and never looked back in handing the Dragons a 70-52 loss Feb. 22 inside the Dragons’ Den on their Senior Night.
In the third period, Boswell scored 16 of the Eagles 21 points to give the visitors a 51-33 lead heading into the fourth period. Both teams scored 19 points in the fourth period with Boswell leading the Blue Eagles with seven points, while Ryan Clutter and Colby Brown evenly divided 10 points for the hosts.
Boswell scored a game-high 39 points, that included a trio of baskets from beyond the arc, while swishing 8-of-9 free throws to lead the Blue Eagles scoring. Winters and Ritz followed with 13 and 11 points, respectively.