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Maroon Knights Gallop Over Blue Eagles, 66-41

By Staff | Jan 10, 2018

The Magnolia High School Blue Eagles’ Kyndra Pilant and Mady Winters each provided double-doubles, but it was not quite enough to get past the Maroon Knights of Wheeling Central, 66-41, in girls basketball action. The action took place Jan. 2 inside the MHS gymnasium.

The Maroon Knights got off to a fast start, and more.

After the holidays, one would think the Knights would be a bit rusty. However, the Lady Eagles made it a little easier on this night. After winning the tip, the Knights would take advantage of one of many Blue Eagle turnovers for any easy deuce.

It looked like Magnolia was going to challenge after a Kennedy Parsons three-ball, but would counter with two more easy baskets before Pilant went to work with three quick baskets off a steal and a rebound put-back to give the Blue and Gold a 9-6 lead.

However, the Lady Knights would answer with seven un-answered points, that included a bonus bomb, two free throws and a pair of easy buckets to take a 16-9 lead after one period of play.

In the second period it looked a little like Wheeling Central was going to walk away with the win, without too much effort. They outscored Magnolia 15-4, with Pilant being the only Blue Eagle scorer. This gave the Lady Knights a 31-13 lead, heading into the locker room.

With only two Blue Eagles scoring in the first half of action, it was necessary for the rest of the Eagles to take action. It was very noticeable that the Blue Eagles’ Mady Winters was under the weather, but she willed herself to help out in the scoring, and swished her first two points from the free throw line to start the second half of action. Central followed it with a conventional three-point play, and another easy bucket, before Pilant added a freebie at the free throw line.

Central went on a 5-0 run before Winters added a made charity toss and a rebound put-back to go along with teammate Logan Riggs’ first basket of the night for the Eagles’ own 5-0 run. And after a Central deuce, Parsons connected on her second triple of the night, and Winters added another free throw. Wheeling Central ended the third period with a long-range bonus bomb to give the visitors a 46-25 advantage after three periods of play.

The fourth period was the best scoring period for the Eagles, but it was also the Lady Knights best period of play as well. The Eagles’ Sierra Walker opened the fourth with her first basket of the game, but Central matched it with one of their own. Walker made another two points before Central went on antoher 5-0 run.

Pilant stopped the bleeding with a made free throw, and Winters knocked down her own miss before the Knights scored two more easy baskets off Magnolia miscues.

Riggs tallied her second basket of the night off her own miss, and the Knights followed with a deuce of their own. Magnolia would counter with another 5-0 run before Central tallied two straight baskets and four more after Pilant scored the Eagles’ last points.

Pilant and Winters each compiled double-doubles, as Pilant scored a team-high 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Winters tacked on 10 points and just as many rebounds.

In addition, Parsons connected twice from beyond the arch, while Walker and Riggs each added four points.