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River Knocks-Off Magnolia From the Undefeated, 50-38

December 18, 2018

The River Pilots outscored the host Blue Eagles, 39-13, in the second half to break-up a 25-25 halftime score, going on to defeat the previous undefeated Magnolia Blue Eagles, 50-38, on Dec. 15 inside the MHS Gymnasium.

The Lady Eagles had a good plan in the first half and did very well in limiting the high-scoring River Pilots to only seven first quarter points. The Lady Eagles limited the Pilots' talented point guard, Lauren Flannery, to only six points. Meanwhile, the Eagles' Mady Winters scored 11 of the Big Blue's 13 points to take the 13-7 first quarter lead.

The second quarter was an exciting defensive battle, but the Pilots found a weakness in the Big Blue armor, and Flannery did the rest. She scored 11 of the Pilots' 18 points - most of them coming from coast-to-coast chances from either steals or rebound.

The River defensive pressure started to make an impact, but the outside shooting by Sierra Walker and Aquera Cabral kept the game even at 25-25 at the break.

In the second half, there were not many points scored. Each team's defense held the opposing offense at bay with only 12 points being scored. Flannery scored two buckets in the period, while Mikenzie Cieszeski sank a three-ball to lead the way offensively for the Lady Pilots.

Lara Ann Smith scored the Eagles' first bucket of the period at the 5:10 mark, and Pilant scored the team's third and fourth point of the period on a long pass from Winters - just beating the buzzer to keep the game close at 33-29, River.

Winters opened the fourth with a conventional three-point play and was the only Blue Eagle player to score any points, as the River Pilots' defensive pressure caused countless Pilot fast breaks and easy buckets. Flannery led the way offensively with nine points, and Carsyn Reynolds contributed six points - including the final two baskets of the game.

The loss dropped Magnolia from the unbeaten, but the Lady Eagles played a very good game defensively for the biggest part of the game.

Winters scored 22 points to pace the Lady Eagles, while Pilant tacked on a season-low six points. Walker followed with five points, that included a bonus bomb; Cabral sank her only bucket from beyond the arch.

Flannery led the way offensively for the Pilots with 31 points, while Reynolds, Candace Caldwell and Emily Smith each provided six points. Cieszeski and Alli Long each tallied three points. River sophomore Jonayah Moeller didn't score, but she made a big impact with her man-to-man defense and all out hustle.

River Pilots Cage Frontier Cougars, 62-40

The River Pilots raced out to a 17-9 first quarter lead and never looked back in handing the homestanding Frontier Cougars a 62-40 loss in girls high school basketball action on Dec. 13 in New Matamoras.

Lauren Flannery kept up her outstanding senior season with a game-high 27 points, that included a bonus bomb; classmate Carsyn Reynolds followed with an even dozen markers to lead the Lady Pilots.

The Lady Pilots spread the wealth with eight others scoring points.

Candace Caldwell netted seven points, while Makenzie Cieszeski tallied five, including a long range bonus bomb. Jonayah Moeller scored two points and a free throw, while Alli Long, Livi Rose, Emily Smith and Kylie Piatt each sank two points, and Hannah Straub swished a free throw.


Parkersburg South Nips River, 58-51

River outscored Parkersburg South, 32-26, in the second half, but it wouldn't be enough to get the Lady Patriots, 58-51, Dec. 10 - inside the Oldham Athletic Center in Parkersburg.

The Patriots took a 14-10 lead into the second, and their lead would extend to 32-19 by the break.

However, the Lady Pilots outscored their hosts, 14-12, in the third period - thanks to Livi Rose's five markers - and outscored South, 18-14, in the fourth period. The Pilots' bread and butter, Lauren Flannery, scored eight of her team-high 13 points, but it wasn't to be on this night.

Flannery paced the (3-2) Pilots with 13 points, while Riley Lollathin came through with 10 markers. Candace Caldwell and Alli Long each tacked on seven points, while Livi Rose knocked down a basket from beyond the arch. In addition, Carsyn Reynolds netted four points, while Mikenzie Cieszeski swished a bonus bomb.



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