First Half Leads Lady Eagles Past Dragons, 61-46
Magnolia outscored Cameron, 41-12, in the first half and never looked back in a 61-46 victory Jan. 19 in Cameron High School Gymnasium.
After racing out to a 16-6 first quarter advantage, the Tom Tisher led Blue Eagles outscored the Dragons by a whopping 25-6 tally to gain a 41-12 halftime lead.
Kelsi Chapman scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the first half, while teammate Taylor Ludewig matched Chapman with 10 of her dozen markers, including a pair of long-range bonus bombs.
The Eagles were on fire in the second stanza as they connected on 10-13 field goals, that included five bonus bombs, two each by Ludewig and Chapman and one from Jordan Delaney, who scored 17 markers on the night, that included three more three-balls, that capped off an exciting 37-6 run to end the first half.
MHS Head Coach Tom Tisher added after the game. “That is probably the best half of basketball we have played all season. And we had to do it without our 5-11 senior center Autumn Cecil. I was actually a little surprised how well we came out and started.”
While the Dragons was unable to to get any closer than 13 points, they kept the Blue Eagles from a run-away, outscoring the Big Blue, 34-20, in the second half.
“I really don’t think it was much us having a bad second half, as it was Cameron played very well and forced us into some things,”stated Tisher. “But, at this point we are once again a work in progress, and we will take a win when we can. We definitely didn’t play as well as we wanted in the second half, but we are using some people that we weren’t using as much earlier, and we have to get back into a groove.”
Chapman, Ludewig and Delaney scored 47 of the teams 61 points, while Kyndra Pilant and Logan Riggs combined for the rest. Pilant and Riggs secured 20 of the team’s 33 rebounds.
Kelsie Walker and Courtney Meintel tallied 14 and 12, respectively for Cameron.
Magnolia will look to keep the train on the tracks when they host the Bishop Donahue Lady Bishops Jan. 28.
Blue Eagles Succumbs To Rebels, 55-42
The Lady Blue Eagles raced out to a 17-4 lead against the visiting Ritchie County Rebels in the first period, but the Rebels outscored Magnolia, 49-32, the rest of the way to split the season series, 55-42, Jan. 17 inside the MHS Gymnasium.
Kelsi Chapman was the top scorer for Magnolia with 16 points, including four baskets from beyond the arc, while Jordan Delaney followed with 10 points, that included two triples, and dished out five assists.
Taylor Ludewig chipped in seven points, and passed out a game-high 11 assists, while Kendra Pilant contributed five markers and pulled down 10 rebounds. Logan Riggs and Katie Hamrick each sank a deuce for all the Blue Eagle scoring.