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Fast Start Sparks Blue Eagles

By Staff | Jan 29, 2020

Magnolia's Qwailei "Q" Turner reaches over a Wheeling Central player for a rebound.

Magnolia opened the game scoring 18 straight points by all-5 starters, and won going away, 65-36 in boys basketball game in the New Martinsville Rotary Challenge finale Jan. 25 inside the MHS Gymnasium.

Gavin Postlewait opened the game with a deuce, while team-mate Trevor Williamson sank back-to-back baskets from beyond the arch, and Qwailei “Q” Turner a deuce before Valley called a time-out at 4:44 left in period one.

After the break, the Eagles scored 4-straight baskets to build their advantage to 18-0 before the ‘Jacks Ryan Basket drained a basket just inside the arch to break the ice at the 1:29 mark. Williamson cashed in on his third triple of the period for Magnolia, while Gavin Streets sank a deuce to end period one.

Williamson sank his fourth triple of the night to open period two, while “Q” Turner sank a deuce for the Big Blue before Abe Satterfield sank the back-end of a two-shot free-throw. Turner grabbed a pair of Magnolia misses, while cashing in on the second one off the Magnolia offensive board.

Chase Glover who scored a season-high 7-points on the night, made one of two from the charity stripe, while Satterfield put-back a miss. Glover added a 3-ball, while Turner ended the period with a made floater at the buzzer to give the hosts a 34-7 advantage.

Magnolia scored 18-points in the third with Turner leading the charge with 6-points in the quarter, including a dunk and a rebound put-back to open the period. Williamson added 2-more 3’s, an Glover swished his second three of the night, while Streets and Satterfield connecting from beyond the arch for the Valley Lumberjacks, with the Eagles up, 51-19.

The Lumberjacks would no go away without a fight and drained a triple by Levi Anderson to open the fourth, but Turner added 2-more 2-pointers, before Baker swished a three for Valley.

Magnolia was out-scored in the fourth, 17-14 as Baker and Anderson scored 6 and 5-points, respectively to pace the Lumberjack fourth quarter attack.

Baker and Satterfield each tallied 9-points for the Valley Lumberjacks, while Anderson and Streets each tacked on 7-points, and Logan Bassett 4-points.

Turner scored a game-high 19-points, while adding a season-high 19-rebounds, and all of Trevor Williamson’s 18-points came from beyond the arch to pace the Big Blue.

Jake Gamble followed with 9-points, while Glover netted a career varsity high 7-points, including a pair of 3-balls.

In addition, Gavin Postlewait posted 5-points, while Levi Cecil, Damon Shimp, Trenton Scheibelhood and Campbell Toman each recorded a deuce for all the Blue Eagle scoring.

Wheeling Central Beats Magnolia In Top 10 Matchup

Knights dominate the boards in win


For The Wetzel Chronicle

NEW MARTINSVILLE – Wheeling Central brings an aggressive game plan to the court every night.

Magnolia couldn’t quite match that approach on Tuesday night, especially on the boards.

No. 2 Wheeling Central (11-3) won the battle under the glass 35-17 and handed No. 8 Magnolia (10-3) its first home loss 70-58 in a battle of two AP Top 10 teams in W. Va. Class A.

“Rebounding was key on both ends,” Central coach Mel Stephens said.

“We did a decent job on the defensive end but I thought on the offensive end we really got some big offensive rebounds and putbacks.”

Ryan Reasbeck hauled in a game-high nine rebounds, J.C. Maxwell collected eight, Clayton Abate brought down seven and Jalen Creighton charted five boards, while Gavin Postlethwait paced the Blue Eagles with four rebounds.

“We felt like going into the game that we had to try to mix our defenses up a little bit because you can’t let them get comfortable,” Magnolia coach Dave Tallman said. “We tested shots but they got so many offensive rebounds in the first half that we got in such a big hole and it was tough to bounce back. We just think that’s a lot of effort. I’ve got 100 box out drills and we’re going to do every one of them (today).”

Reasbeck also led the Knights with 24 points, Maxwell turned in 15, Creighton supplied nine and Avery Lee and Michael Toepfer added eight each.

Jacob Gamble paced the Eagles with 27 points and Qwailei Turner tallied 22 but no other player on Magnolia’s team scored more than four points.

“Turner and Gamble are both really good players and we know (Trevor) Williamson can shoot,” Stephens said.

“We tried to lock him down as much as we could and tried to stay in front of the other two guys.

“I thought J.C., Ryan and Jalen all did a really good job and I thought Avery did an excellent job on Williamson (finished with three points).”

The game was a narrow battle early with Central clinging to a 24-20 edge midway through the second quarter.

Enter Toepfer off the Maroon Knights’ bench. He drained a 3-pointer to begin an 8-0 run, which led to a 36-26 halftime cushion.

“I thought Michael Toepfer coming off the bench gave us a lift with some big shots,” Stephens said. “Kaden Yocum also came in and got some big defensive rebounds for us. Those were all big plays for us.”

Thanks to two conventional three-point plays by Turner, the Eagles cut the deficit to 46-38 late in the third frame but the Knights finished strong and Lee drained a trey with 2 seconds remaining to extend the lead back to 51-41.

A 10-2 Central run to begin the fourth dashed any hopes for a Magnolia comeback.

“I thought Jake Gamble played an outstanding game but him and Turner can’t do it all,” Tallman said. “We had high expectations (Tuesday) and it’s just disappointing.

“Now, we have Valley coming in on Saturday, so we’ll just regroup and get better.”

As for Central, it’s next two games come against rival Linsly and Class A’s top team in Williamstown (12-0) on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. in the Rotary Challenge at Magnolia.