Blue Eagles Stun Madonna, 46-32
The Magnolia Blue Eagles outscored the Weirton Madonna Blue Dons in all four quarters to stun their hosts, 46-32, in regular season girls basketball action Feb. 4.
After taking a 10-7 first quarter lead, the Lady Eagles outscored their hosts, 9-8 in the second stanza, before erupting for 29 points in the second half, while holding the Blue Dons to 17 points to get the much-deserved Blue Eagle win.
Kelsi Chapman paced the red-hot Lady Eagles with a team-high 19 points, that included a trio of three-point baskets, while Kyndra Pilant followed with 11 markers.
In addition, Taylor Ludewig tallied nine markers, that included a basket from well beyond the arc, while Jordan Delaney sank three points, and Logan Riggs a free throw.
Andrea Alimario paced the Blue Dons with a game-high 23 points.
Lady Eagles Stumble Against Maroon Knights
Wheeling Central raced out to a 30-16 lead in the first half and held on for a 66-54 victory over Magnolia, Feb. 1 inside the MHS HammerDome.
Baskets by the Eagles’ Taylor Ludewig and Kyndra Pilant, halfway through the first half, had the score tied at four, but the Lady Knights scored four straight baskets, including a trio of three-pointers to forge ahead, 15-4. However, Pilant ended the opening period with a basket off the glass that ended the first quarter, with Central on top, 15-6.
Katie Hamrick sank a deuce to open the second period, but Wheeling Central tallied 12 straight points to cling to a 27-8 advantage before the Eagles’ Ludewig stopped the bleeding with a pair of freebies at the charity stripe.
Pilant and Kelsi Chapman followed Ludewig’s free throws with a pair of two-pointers, before Central knocked down a conventional three-point play. Logan Riggs ended the first half scoring with a deuce to pull the Eagles to within 14 points with a half to go.
In the second half, both teams traded baskets until midway through the period, when the Eagles’ Ludewig and Riggs each knocked down back-to-back baskets.
Central matched that before Chapman nailed a pretty two-pointer just inside the arc for the hosts. The Knights would tally seven straight points before Chapman halted the Central barrage, with a conventional three-point play.
After Central added a pair of freebies, the Eagles’ Jordan Delaney ended the period with a deuce, for a 48-31 Wheeling Central lead.
Pilant was the workhorse for the Lady Eagles in the final period, scoring 10 of her team-high 18 markers, while Delaney and Chapman each tacked on four markers.
But the Maroon Knights knocked down 23 points in the final period to get the win. Besides the 18 points to lead the Blue Eagles Pilant pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds, while Chapman and Ludewig each tallied 11 markers.
In addition, Delaney and Riggs contribute six points while Hamrick came off the bench to score a deuce.