Magnolia Lady Eagles Are In Rebuilding Mode
It’s really hard to lose a 1,000-point scorer, but its even harder when you also lose the school’s career-leader in assists, as well as the single-season rebounder, too.
But newly hired Meredith Pilant and former MHS basketball standout Mark Winters will try to make do with only one starter returning, as well as a part-time starter and another who saw limited varsity action.
That usually dials up to be the wrong number, but in this case a complete overhaul.
However, Pilant and Winters will make do with what they got and could pull a rabbit out of a hat, and compete with most of their opposing teams that they have on their schedule.
But how are they going to be competitive with a grueling schedule, a pair of new coaches, and four top players? Only a magician can do it.
Four top players – 1,000-point scorer, (Kelsi Chapman) the school’s assist leader, (Taylor Ludewig) as well as the school’s single game rebounder, (Autumn Cecil) and the spark-plug that kept the Eagles Big Blue Machine running smoothly, (Jordan Delaney) graduated.
But Pilant and Winters have a big magic hat, that they can pull from in returning sophomore Kyndra Pilant and senior Logan Riggs. They can also use returning junior Rian Dawson.
It appears that Riggs will take over the roll as the team’s point guard, while Pilant and freshman Mady Winters will handle the power
forward and centers slot, along with newcomer Kennedy Parsons. They also have a large sophomore class to go along with Pilant in
Sierra Walker, Raegan Hale and Lara-Ann Smith.
However, Pilant and Winters will get to pull out the biggest catch, in freshman Mady Winters. Mady is the youngest sister of Coach Winters, and at 6-0 looks to make a difference.
Other freshmen out who could help right awaymay be Lenica Grimm, Karissa Postlewait, Macy Haddox and Kady Fluharty.
Magnolia will open the season at home on Dec. 6 against county rival Paden City with tip off most likely at 7 p.m., as PC and Magnolia don’t have the numbers to play a full junior varsity team too.
The Eagles hope to play at least two quarters Dec. 7 when they travel to Cameron to take on the Lady Dragons with tip-off set at 6 p.m.