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Magnolia Trio Holds Off Ritchie

By Staff | Jan 11, 2017

Photo provided The Eagles’ Leo Herrick puts up a shot between a pair of Ritchie County Rebels for two of his game-high 20 points. (Photo by Robby Parsons)

The Magnolia trio of Leo Herrick, Tyler Williamson and Brooks Parsons combined to score 55 points as the Blue Eagles defeated the Ritchie County Rebels, 71-58, Jan. 3 inside the MHS HammerDome.

Parsons had it going early on as he scored 10 of his career-high 16 points in the first quarter, but the Rebels would garner a 14-13 advantage after one quarter of play.

In the second quarter, the Eagles held the Rebels to only seven points, while the trio of Herrick, Williamson and Parsons tallied 14 of the Blue Eagles 18 points, and Marco Smith drilled a three-ball to give Magnolia a 31-21 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, the Eagles lead continued to grow as Herrick paced the Eagles with nine points, while Williamson netted five. Jake Fruner drilled a three ball, while Parsons added a deuce to help extend the Eagles lead to 52-37 with one period remaining.

Ritchie fought back with the help of three long-distance three-balls to close the gap to single digits, but Williamson tallied nine points in the period, while Frunner and Nick Priem each chipped in four points to bump their advantage back up to over 20 points, before the Running Rebels scored the game’s final seven points to make the final score 71-58.

Herrick paced the Big Blue with 20 markers, while Williamson contributed 19 points, and Parsons added a season-high 16 points. Fruner chipped in nine points, while Priem sank two baskets and Smith finished the Blue Eagle scoring with a long triple.

The trio of Chase Sullivan, Travis Pickering and Ryan Morton tallied 42 of the Rebels’ 58 points, that included each one dialing up a long-distance bonus bomb in the final period of action.

R.J. Goode contributed to this story.