Seminoles Scalp Blue Eagles, 60-49
Monroe Central’s Allison Kuhn poured in a game-high 32 points, including six baskets from beyond the arc, while knocking in all 12 of her free throws to carry the visiting Seminoles to a 60-49 victory over Magnolia, Dec. 1 inside the MHS HammerDome.
It took almost two minutes before Kuhn launched and drained a basket from beyond the arc, while the Eagles’ Jordan Delaney sank the back-end of a two shot free-throw at the 5:15 mark to get the game underway.
The game was tied at three, when teammate Autumn Cecil hauled in a miss, tossed it to Taylor Ludewig, who dished it off to Delaney for the basket. However, the Seminoles drained a pair of three-balls from way beyond the arc that forced the Eagles’ Head Coach Tom Tisher to call a time-out with Monroe Central on top, 9-3, with three minutes remaining in the opening stanza.
After the short break to talk things over, Cecil rejected two ‘Noles shots, while Kelsi Chapman picked up the loose ball and delivered on the money to a streaking Delaney for a lay-in. The Eagles’ Logan Riggs ended the first quarter with a short jumper to close out the opening quarter with Monroe Central on top, 9-7. Chapman gave the Eagles the lead with a three-ball to open the second stanza, but the Noles tallied a deuce to get the lead back to Monroe Central. However, the Eagles Cecil and Delaney each recorded buckets to give Magnolia the lead at 14-12.
The Lady Seminoles responded with a deuce and another three-point bucket to forge ahead 17-14. Ludewig tied it up with a two-pointer and a free throw. Cecil, gave the lead back with a basket inside, but the ‘Noles tied it up once more at 19 with a pair of made free-throw tosses.
Delaney added a two-pointer with a nifty assist by Ludewig, but the Seminoles scored nine of the last 13 points to take a 28-25 halftime lead. Neither team could put the ball in the bucket in the first two minutes, to open the third period, until Delaney tallied a deuce. But the ‘Noles drained another three-ball, before Pilant swished a jumper in the paint off a throw in by Delaney to trim the Monroe Central lead to 31-29. However, the Lady Seminoles sank yet another triple to push their lead to five points, but Pilant added one of two charity tosses.
Monroe Central then scored a deuce, before Pilant and Ludewig a two-pointer and a conventional three-point play, respectively, at the two-minute mark of the third with Monroe Central still on top.
The visitors would cash in a three ball and a deuce, before the Eagles Spencer sank a two-pointer to end three quarters of play, with the Seminoles on top, 41-37.
In the final period, Ludewig opened thing up with draining one of two free throws, but the Seminoles scored two of their 13 made freebies in the fourth, to go along with three deuces to put the game on ice.
“They played well and we did not play very well,” said Tisher. “It was Monroe Central’s third game, and it was our first, so we still have 21 games left to get better and improve each day.
“We made too many mistakes early but you can’t take anything away from them. The one thing that impressed me the most is, was how we didn’t quit. We tried and played as hard as we could.”
Delaney paced the Blue Eagles with 13 points, while Ludewig netted 10 points, five rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists. Chapman sank nine markers, while Pilant provided five points, nine rebounds and six block shots.
Spencer and Cecil each sank a pair of baskets, with Cecil adding a game-high 11 rebounds and six block shots. Katie Hamrick ended the Magnolia scoring with a two pointer.
After an away game at Union Local on Dec. 5, the Lady Eagles will visit Wheeling Central Dec. 7 and the Valley Lumberjills Dec. 14, with each game getting underway with a JV starting time at 6 p.m.