Knights K.O. Eagles, 64-34
Despite 15 points and 12 rebounds from Blue Eagles senior Kyndra Pliant, Wheeling Central used a three prog attack offensively and rolled over outmanned Magnolia 64-34, at New Martinsville on Tuesday December 3. The Maroon Knights rushed out of the gate with a stifling ful court press and forced 32 total turnovers to take away any chance for the home team.
After grabbing a quick 12-2 lead that forced a Magnolia timeout, the Knights called off the dogs and settled into a half court trap which still gave the Blue Eagle guards problems.
“Turnovers killed us,” Magnolia coach Meredith Pilant said. “They exposed our weaknesses. When you play a team like that, which supplies such pressure it’s hard but we had way to many turnovers. ” They doubled down on Kyndra, too. She did a nice job trying to find the open person and she fought through a lot of it but they are a very good ballclub.”
Pilant had 13 of the Blue Eagles 18 first half points as they went into the break down 27-18. However the third quarter was all Central as they used a strong defensive effort to limit Magnolia to just three points while scoring 20 to pull away for a 47-21 lead going into the fourth.
Magnolia had a better fourth quarter but was still outscored 17-13 to give the visitors the win by 30 points. While Pilant was the main weapon for Magnolia, she got scoring help from Laraann Smith with seven markers Makia Litton hit a three pointer for the Blue Eagles Tamia Smith also added a three pointer, while Lenieca Grimm got a first quarter basket, Audrey Cross and Brooklyn Espte each added two points.
” They moved the ball very well,” Coach Pilant said. “I was pleased with some things from us defensively but they just have so many people with the ability to score, so once you stop somebody, there is always somebody else stepping up ready to shoot.”