Blue Eagles Girls Get Win Over Trinity
Magnolia improved to 3-9 on the season Tuesday, March 30, with a big comeback win over Trinity Christian on the Blue Eagles home floor. After Trailing 26-17 at the break, the Blue turned to their height advantage and outscored the visitors 41-23 to get the 10 point 58-48 win.
New Martinsville received double figure scoring from three players in the game with senior star Mady Winters hitting for a game high 28 points, while Holland Estep worked the lane well to the tune of 14 markers including 4-5 from the free throw line. Senior guard Leneica Grimm added 10 points and six assists. Winters also grabbed nine rebounds and connected on 10-15 from the line. Jenna Barnett was the lone Trinity player in double figures with 13 points.
Trinity hit six 3-point field goals with 20 overall, while Magnolia hit 19 field goals and no 3-‘s but made 20-35 from the foul line to the visitors 5-12.
Magnolia Drops Close
One to Madonna
The Blue Eagles hosted a good Weirton Madonna team on Monday, March 29 in close battle that could have gone either way. However, in the end Magnolia fell short and the Blue Dons left town with a 55-53 victory. Down by two with time running out the Blue Eagle took a shot for the win, but Mady Winters who led the game in scoring with 25 points came up short on a buzzer beating three point attempt.
The Blue Eagles led by as many as 11 points in the third quarter but the visitors battled back behind a thriple double effort from Jazzy Melynk to get the win. Winters kept the Blue Eagles in the game in the first half as they came from seven down to take a six point lead early in the second frame. However, Madonna found a way to get back in the game, after trailing by 11 late in the third period they went on a 10-2 run to cut deep into the lead. They then scored 10 of the first 12 points in the fourth.
With 3:45 to play in the game Madonna got a 3-pointer to gain back the lead for good 47-46. The teams battled even the rest of the way with Madonna missing the front end of a one-and-one free throw. Winters then tried her three at the buzzer that was off the mark.
Madonna had three players hit double figures in scoring with Melynk tallying 13, while Vanessa Alatis hit for a team high 20 and Alaina Moore knocked in 11.
Magnolia Coach Meredith Pilant said, “I thought we played really hard. We’re down to seven players due to injuries. Only seven kids and for them to come out and play as hard as they did, I can’t brag on them enough on how hard they played.”
Aiding Winters in the scoring department was frshman Jenna Blain with 11 points. Magnolia fell to 2-9 on the season with the loss.
“You just look at it as their determination,” Pilant said. “Yeah, they came up on the short end, but they never backed down. I think they’re starting to see some of those things come together. They shot the ball extremely well. That’s probably the best we shot the ball all year. We got a little bit cold there in the fourth, but overall we shot extremely well.”