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Wheeling Central Outscores Magnolia Eagles

By Staff | Feb 1, 2017

Photos by Bruce Crawford Magnolia’s Jake Fruner goes hard to the basket against Wheeling Central for a basket

Wheeling Central outscored Magnolia 48-15 in the second and forth periods to win, 83-39, in the nightcap of the Rotary Challenge at Magnolia High School, Jan. 28.

The Blue Eagles held leads twice in the first quarter and only trailed the WVSAC Class-A State ranked Maroon Knights by just six 17-11 at the end of one.

However, the Maroon Knights went on a 16-2 run to start the second quarter, while holding the home-team to seven points for a 40-18 advantage at the break and Magnolia never threatened again.

“We had some opportunities early but we came down and missed some wide-open threes, missed some lay-ups and you can’t do that against Wheeling Central because they are going to take advantage of that,” said Blue Eagle Head Coach DaveTallman. “They are a great basketball team and we are trying to get better. We have to stay positive.

The Blue Eagles stayed right with Wheeling Central in the third period, but the Knights put in high gear in the forth period to get the win.

Wheeling Central was paced by John Burkhalter with 19 points, followed by Brent Price with 15 and a dozen by Owen Gainer. James Fillipovich came off the bench to drain a pair of three-pointers on his way to 10 points.

Brooks Parsons was the lone Blue Eagle in double figures with 10, while Leo Herrick dropped in nine points, that included a three-ball. Nick Priem scored six markers, while Jake Fruner and Tyler Williamson each contributed two baskets.

In addition, Eli Nice, Jake Gamble and Avery Kincaid each swished a bucket for Magnolia.

The Eagles will look to turn things around Feb. 3 against cross river rival River Pilots at 6 p.m.with the junior varsity tipping things off, with the the varsity to follow.


Paden City 75, Monroe Central 72, OT

Paden City’s Aaron Heasley hit his seventh three-pointer with 5.8 seconds left in overtime to edge Monroe Central in a thriller in the New Martinsville Rotary Challenge at MHS HammerDome.

The Paden City Wildcats’ Seth Bohrer’s put-back off a miss around the one minute mark in the forth period gave the Wildcats a 61-59 advantage, and teammate Hayden Hizer tickled the twine with a pair of double-bonus freebies to take a 63-59 lead.

The Wildcats attempted a long three-ball, but missed, and the Seminoles responded with a triple of their own to pull to within a point, at 63-62. Hizer again nailed a pair of double-bonus free throws to give the Wildcats a three point lead. However, the ‘Noles swished a three-pointer to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, it was Hizer who kept the Wildcats in the game, scoring four clutch free throws in the extra period, but the Seminoles tied it up with under a minute remaining in overtime, before Heasley clutch triple with 5.8 seconds remaining in OT dropped in to give Paden City the hard-fought overtime victory.

Heasley paced the Wildcats with a game-high 33 points, that included seven three-point baskets, while Hizer put up 26 points including 16 of 19 from the foul line, and a pair of nbaskets from beyond the arch.

In addition, Matt Saxson netted all nine points from beyond the arch, while Bohrer sank three baskets, and Trey Slider a deuce.

For the Seminoles, Ryan LaFollette had a team-high 17 points while Trey Duffy and Robert Bigler each had 15 points. Monroe Central made six more baskets than the Wildcats, but Paden City out-scored the ‘Noles at the free throw line 20 to 9 that proved to be the difference in the win.

The Wildcats win pushed their record to 8-7 on the season, will look to keep things rolling Jan. 30 when they host Magnolia and visit Madonna, Feb. 1 with varsity tip-off scheduled at 7 p.m.


Madonna 71, Tyler Consolidated 59

Tavon Jeter secured a game-high 28 points as Madonna defeated Tyler Consolidated, 71-59, in a match-up in the New Martinsville Rotary Challenge Jan. 28 at MHS Gymnasium.

Joey Ewusiak followed with a 21-point performance for the Blue Dons, while Jace Reed led the way with 17 points for the Silver Knights. Tyler Anderson had a solid night with 14 points, and a dozen rebounds, while Quintin Richmond tallied 10 markers to lead Tyler Consolidated.


Williamstown 63, Bishop Donahue 53

Josh Folwell scored 23 points and Isaac Brown added 17 more as Williamstown bested Bishop Donahue, 63-53, Saturday night at the Rotary Challenge at Magnolia High.

Cullen Cutright and Trevor Hoosier collected 14 and 11 rebounds rebounds, respectively, for the Yellowjackets, who improved to 10-6 overall. Williamstown, which plays host to Ravenswood Tuesday, trailed 25-24 at halftime, but used a 16-8 run in the third quarter to turn things around.

Bishop was paced by Taylor Straughun’s 22 points.