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Eagles Use Two Big Quarters To Humble Jets

By Staff | Jan 11, 2017

Photos by Bruce Crawford Magnolia junior guard Jordan Delaney attempts one of her four baskets from beyond the arch over St. Marys defender #4 Bethany Morrison.

The Magnolia Blue Eagles used a 24-16 opening period run and a 21-10 run to humble the Union Local Lady Jets, 67-53 in girls high school basketball action Jan. 6.

After losing their first bout, 78-67, in Morristown to the Lady Jets in early December, the Blue Eagles came into the contest with a chip on their shoulders and would take the second outing a bit more personnel.

The Eagles Twin Towers, Autumn Cecil and Kendra Pilant, each posting four markers and countless opportunities for teammates Kelsi Chapman and Jordan Delaney to deliver, and they did. Delaney was only responsible for a deuce, but Kelsi Chapman took it to the hole, to score 14 of her game-high 26 markers in the 24-16 first quarter score. In the period, Chapman sank 2-2 from the charity stripe, while knocking down a pair of long-range bonus bombs.

The Lady Jets turned things around just a little by out-scoring Magnolia, 22-18, with Haley Porter going off with four baskets from beyond the arch, as well as a pair of two-pointers to pace the visitors. However, Delaney sank a trio of two-pointers and a free throw, while Chapman added a pair of jumpers to keep the hosts on top, 42-38 at the break.

Magnolia would come out of intermission with a 21-10 run with the help of 10 made free throws, with Taylor Ludewig making 6-7 of the freebies as well as a deuce and a long-ball to push their modest lead back up to 63-48 with one period of play to go.

Both teams couldn’t find the bottom of the net very often, as Magnolia only sank three two-pointers, while the Lady Jets only sank a deuce and a bonus bomb for the 67-53 final.

Chapman powered the Blue Eagles with a team-high 26 points, that included two from beyond the arch. Ludewig posted 14 points, that also included a pair from beyond the arch, 6-7 from the free-throw line, and dished out a game-high seven assists.

In addition, Pilant added 10 points, while Delaney knocked down nine, and Cecil, eight points and 10 rebounds.

For Union Local, Porter netted a game-high 28 points, including seven baskets from beyond the arch. Her sister Hannah added 16 points, that included four bonus bombs.

The Lady Eagles will look to keep the Big Blue Machine well-oiled when they head across the river Momday and then to Tyler Consolidated Jan. 12 and 14 in the Boggs Pizza Invitational.

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Blue Devils Take 56-52 Victory Over Eagles

St. Marys outscored Magnolia 33-28 in the second half to help them defeat Magnolia 56-52 in girls’ basketball action Jan. 2 at MHS Gymnasium.

In the opening period, the Blue Eagles went on top, 4-0, but the Blue Devils went on a 8-0 run, before the Eagles closed out the opening period with a Taylor Ludewig basket from the corner, a Kelsi Chapman’s conventional three-point play while Jordan Delaney finished off the 7-0 run with a deuce for a 11-8 Magnolia lead after one

period of play.

Chapman opened the second stanza with a deuce, but the Blue Devils responded with a 9-0 run to grab a 17-13 lead. After both teams traded buckets, Magnolia started a 9-0 run, starting with a Logan Riggs deuce and ending the half with a Chapman two-pointer, that gave the home team a 24-19 advantage at the break.

Eagles freshman forward Kendra Pilant only scored a deuce in the first half but grabbed eight rebounds, while Chapman and Ludewig each netted seven points and Delaney six points to lead Magnolia.

In the second half, the Blue Devils’ Jordan Fox scored 23 of her game-high 29 points, that included four long-range bonus bombs, and 7-8 free throws to lead the way for St. Marys.

Fox drained her first of four baskets from beyond the arc to open the second half of action, and after a pair of freebies, St. Marys had the game knotted at 24.

However, Chapman tickled the twine from long range, while Pilant put back a rebound miss to retake the lead for the Eagles at 29-24.

The Blue Devils scored five straight points to tie things up, but Delaney knocked down a triple and a coast-to-coast deuce to extend

the Magnolia lead back up to 34-29, before Fox drilled another three-ball. After a Magnolia timeout, Delaney and Fox traded three-balls, while the Lady Devils tied things up at 37 with a two-pointer for the last points of the period.

In the final period, Chapman pick-pocketed a Blue Devil player and kissed one off the glass to retake the lead. Pilant’s bucket off a miss, gave the hosts a four-point lead.

However, St. Marys tied things up once more, before Delaney added six straights points. The Devils scored seven straight points, before Ludewig put the Eagles back on top, 49-48, with two minutes remaining.

Fox gave the lead back to the visitors with a deuce, and St. Marys called a quick time-out to talk things over. Shortly after, St. Marys sank a pair of freebies at the charity line, but Delaney evened things up for the last time with a long three-ball at 52 with 50 ticks left on the clock.

Fox scored two more from the free throw line, while the Devils stole a ball underneath their bucket and cashed it in to put the game on ice.

Delaney paced Magnolia with 21 points, including four beyond the arc, while Chapman followed with an even dozen.

In addition, Ludewig collected nine markers, while Pilant tallied six points and 15 rebounds. Autumn Cecil and Logan Riggs each knocked down a deuce, with Cecil pocketing seven boards.

“Jordan Delaney played her best game offensively,” said Magnolia Head Coach Tom Tisher. “We are getting better at a lot of things, but there is a lot of things to go. That’s why we play 22 games.”

Fox paced the Blue Devils with 29 markers, while Kylee Buzzard added nine and Addie Furr eight points.

The loss stopped a five-game winning streak for Magnolia.