Cougars Claw Blue Eagles
By BRUCE CRAWFORD
The Frontier Cougars Corby Curtis swished a 3-point game-winning basket with less than 10-seconds left to beat the Magnolia Blue Eagles in a come from behind, 49-47 victory Jan. 10 inside the Hank Morris Gymnasium.
The Eagles Qwailei “Q” Turner was at his best early in the game scoring their teams first 4-points that included 2-2 from the free throw line. The Cougars followed with a free throw, but the Eagles Trevor Williamson knocked down a short jumper to give the visitors a 6-1 lead.
Breckin Hoff drained the Cougars first basket at the half-way mark, but “Q” kissed one off the glass, however Frontier scored 2-straight buckets, including a triple by the Eagle-killer Curtis to knot the game at 8-8.
Jake Gamble sank a tough jumper to give the Eagles back the lead, but Tanner Bills evened things up with a short jumper. Gavin Postlewait then scored a short deuce off a Gamble assist, but Bills picked the Eagles pocket and went the distance for the easy deuce to tie the game once more.
However, the Eagles Levi Cecil was fouled on a shot beyond the arch as the horn sounded, and the Frontier Coach was whistled for a technical foul to give Cecil 5-free throws. Cecil would silence the Cougars with all five shots hitting nothing but the bottom of the net to give Magnolia a 17-12 lead after one period of play.
When the period started, the Eagles didn’t have Turner on the floor as he went to the locker room, and didn’t return until the second half.
The Cougars Kyle Daugherty opened the second with a short turnaround jumper. Both teams couldn’t hit the side of the barn for the biggest part of second stanza, but Trenton Scheibelhood swished 3-4 from the charity stripe at the 4-minute mark for Magnolia firs points.
Frontier would score a bucket and 2-4 free throws before Scheibelhood added a rebound put-back with 1:36 remaining in the second stanza. After a Brookover deuce, Williamson swished a triople and a deuce, before Frontier ended the period with a Brookover deuce and free throw to give Magnolia a 27-23 first half lead.
After the break, Williamson made a pair of third quarter 3-balls, while Corby ended the period with his second of three baskets from beyond the arch to put Frontier back on top, 37-35.
Early in the fourth, Brookover and Gamble each opened the period with 2-pointers, while a Turner 2-handed dunk evened the game at 39-39. After a Brookover free throw Turner sank a pair of freebies to give Magnolia the lead at, 41-40.
Daughterty matches Turner with two of his own to give the lead back to Frontier, but Gamble made a steal, and laid one in to give the Eagles a 43-42 advantage with 1:41 left in regulation.
Turner knocked down deuce, but Hoff knotted the game at 45-45 with a triple. Scheiberhood sank two straight from the free-throe line to give Magnolia a 47-45 lead with 34.6 left in regulation.
Turner was fouled with 20.2 remaining, however, he missed the front end of the one-and-one, and Frontier hurried down the floor and found Corby for the triple.
The Eagles had one last chance, but would lose possession and fouled Brookover who would make 1-2 to end the game.
Brookover scored a game-high 15-points, and Bills followed with 13-points, while Corby swished all 9-points from beyond the arch, including the game-winner to push their record to 7-1, while the Eagles dropped to 6-2. Leading the Blue Eagles in scoring was Williamson with 13-points, while Turner followed with an even dozen. Scheibelhood tacked on 7-points, while Gamble netted 6-points. Cecil drained 5-5 free throws, while Gavin Postlewait netted a pair of 2-pointers.
Gamble’s 7 Treys Lift Magnolia Over River
By R.J. Goode
For the Wetzel Chronicle
Powered by behind 60 points from the trio of Seniors Jake Gamble (30) Q Turner (19) and Sophmore Trevor Williamson (11), the Magnolia Blue Eagles earned a season sweep over their rival River Pilots 71-53, on Tuesday Night January 7, inside Magnolia High School.
Gamble hit a three before the Pilots Colton Lawernce hit a triple and tied the game at 3-3. Then the Eagles went on a 9-0 run which featured a three from both Williamson and Gamble gave the host a 12-3 lead. That forced River Head Coach Mark Romick to take a time out with just under five minutes to go in the first quarter. After the timeout River got a free throw from Austin Creamer, and Gamble drilled yet another three followed by a two from Turner and that gave the Eagles a 17-4 lead. Then Pilot freshman Brody Lallathin got a three point play before Gamble hit another triple and the Eagles now lead 20-7. The Pilots would score four of the finale six points of the quarter but still trailed 22-11 after one.
To start the second quarter Lallathin hit a free throw for the Pilots. Before Turner got a three point play for the Eagles then Gamble drilled another three and gave the Blue and Gold a lead of 28-12. The Pilots then went on a 6-2 run and cut the lead to 12 at 30-18. The Eagles ended the quarter on a 8-2 run which inclunded a long range buzzer beater by Williamson that brought the home crowd to their feet, an gave the Eagles a 38-20 lead at the half.
“As a coach, you’re so happy for him,” Tallman said of the senior. “He has gone through so much sickness the past two weeks. The sickness hit him at a good time for us because we had nine days off. He’s just battled back. He’s lost about 20 pounds and has gained about eight of it back. But, he played exceptionally well.”
Just like he did to end the first half Williamson helped bring the home crowd to their feet to start the third. This time he teamed up with Turner for an alley-oop dunk. After that the Pilots went on a 9-3 run and cut the deficit to 14 at 43-29. Turner and Pilot freshman Ty Long would both hit a bucket and then both knocked down a free throw and the score was 46-32. Gamble and Long would both then make good on a pair of free throws and Magnolia Center Gavin Postwalet would end the quarter with a two handed slam and gave the Eagles a 50-34 lead after three.
“Our senior leadership has been great,” Tallman said. “He’s one of seniors and he can usually get to the rim anytime he wants. We’re still working on his outside shooting and his free throw shooting, but he’s a very intelligent basketball player. And Trent Scheibelhood is another senior. I’m happy for our seniors, because anytime you play an arch-rival like that, it’s nice for them.”
In the fourth quarter the Eagles would expand their lead even more as they hit 16 free throws. And the quarter also featured another Dunk from Turner. While the Pilots scored 19 points, the Eagles got a whopping 21 points in the quarter and went on to win the game 71-53.
The Eagles were lead by Gamble who had a double double with 30 points and 10 rebounds. While Turner also had a double double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Williamson had 11 points, Levi Cecil had 3, and Postlethwait and Trent Schbeilhood both had 3. Sohpmore Austin Beverlin had a single free throw. The Pilots were lead by Lallathin with 12, Stone Thomposon had 10, Long and Collin Hunter had 9. Colton Lawernce had 5 and Brody Longwell and Austin Creamer had 4.
“Trevor Williamson shot the ball so well in practice (Monday) and I was glad to see it transfer into a game because he’s been shooting it well.
“Also, we’ve been on Gavin (Postlethwait) like he’s 6-(foot)-6. I think he’s been playing a little shorter than that, but I think (Tuesday) he played 6-6 defensively and had a lot of blocked shots.”
“We just want to get better all the time,” Tallman said. “We’re just a work in progress. I still don’t think we’ve played to our full potential. We were close (Tuesday) give River credit. They came in, worked hard and didn’t give up. They kept running their sets. They had an off night shooting a little bit, but I think that’s part of our defense too.