Lady Eagles Soar Past Blue Dons
The Magnolia Blue Eagles raced out to a 15-5 first quarter lead and held on to defeat Weirton Madonna, 41-30, in a girls basketball regular season game on Feb. 4 inside the MHS Gymnasium.
The Eagles’ Kyndra Pilant secured another double-double with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while adding five steals, three blocks and dished out a pair of assists.
Mady Winters followed with eight points, six rebounds and blocked five shots, while Sierra Walker netted four points. Kennedy Parsons and Logan Riggs each contributed a triple, while Lenica Grimm drained a free throw. Riggs added three steals and just as many assists for Magnolia who saw their record bump up to 11-7 with four straight victories.
Andrea Aliumaro scored a dozen markers to lead the Lady Blue Dons.
This week the OVAC Girls pairings will take place, and Magnolia appeared at Morgantown Monday, and will host Clay-Battelle Feb. 8.
Magnolia Blue Eagles Avenge Ritchie Rebels, 60-54
Mady Winters scored a career-high 33 points and pulled down 21 rebounds to lead Magnolia to a 60-54 revenge victory over Ritchie County Feb. 1 inside the MHS Gymnasium.
Magnolia opened the game with an 11-0 run, but Ritchie finished the opening stanza with a 10-4, with the Eagles clinging to a five-point advantage after eight minutes of play.
The Lady Rebels continued their hot shooting in the second period, outscoring their hosts, 17-3, to grab a 30-28 lead at the break.
However, the Lady Eagles responded with a 24-7 third period, controlling the boards with the presence of Winters and Kyndra Pilant to grab a 52-34 lead, while scoring 20 of the team’s 24 third quarter points heading into the final eight minutes of play.
In the fourth period, players from both teams started to foul out, including Winters.
That helped get the Lady Rebels back into the game. However, the Big Blue’s Pilant and Logan Riggs took over down the stretch, controlling the game with their ball-handling skills.
The Eagles’ lead slowly started to evaporate, and it didn’t help that Magnolia was only 10-26 in the second half from the free throw line, and 2-16 in the fourth period.
The misses hurt, but the Eagles limited Ritchie to a one and done shooting performance each time down the court, while the Eagles had their best rebounding game of the season, helping to keep the Lady Rebels at bay.
Winters had a career-high 33 points and pulled down 21 rebounds to pace the Blue Eagles, while Pilant followed with 18 points and a game-high 22 boards. Riggs made both her free throw tries, while Lara Ann Smith and Lenica Grimm each sank a free throw.
Lady ‘Cats Fall Short Against Blue Eagles, 47-32
An 11-0 run midway through the second period propelled Magnolia to a 47-32 win in girls high school basketball action on Jan. 29 inside the Bob Burton Gymnasium.
Both teams scored 10 points in the opening stanza.
Allen Miller’s ball club would then take a 23-15 point lead, and Eagles Head Coach Meredith Pilant would call a timeout and talk it over.
After the break, the Blue Eagles went on their 11-0 run, starting with a Kennedy Parsons three-ball to take the lead for the first time.
However, Paige Leonard pulled the hosts to within one point at the break with a pair of made charity tries.
Magnolia opened the second half with a 10-2 run, with the help of 15 Paden City turnovers, and Katie-bar-the-door the rest of the way.
Hannah Loy did everything, but pop the corn for the Lady Wildcats, scoring a game-high with 21 points, that included a basket from beyond the arc.
Raven Fulks followed with five points, while Leonard tacked on four points, and Abbe Stackpole with a deuce.
The dynamic duo of Mady Winters and Kyndra Pilant each had a double-double.
Winters scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Pilant compiled 12 points and hauled in 14 rebounds, and rejected four ‘Cat shots.
In addition, Parsons and Logan Riggs each totaled six points, with Parsons draining all of hers from bonus bomb territory, and Riggs stuffing the stat sheet with seven assists and six steals.
Sierra Walker finished the Blue Eagle scoring with three points.