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South Sizzles Against Blue Eagles

February 13, 2019

Coming off their longest road trip of the year against Greenbrier East Thursday, the Parkersburg South Patriots showed no signs of wear as they stormed out the gates early with an 80-54 win over the Magnolia Blue Eagles Saturday afternoon.

It was a balanced attack of the inside and outside game as Sierra Hays and Makenna Winans lead in scoring, both tallied 23 points. Winans was a force in the post. She shot 70 percent inside the arc as she scored 21 points in the first three quarters. South shot 51% from 3 on 12 on 22. Hayes connected with a team-high four triples. Rylee Harner and Erin Williams added two each as well.

Magnolia took the lead for the first and last time off a Mady Winters basket on their only bucket of the first quarter. But South's full-court press later changed to a half-court trap. This forced Magnolia to turn the ball over nine times in the first on the way to 18 for the game.

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Magnolia’s Mady Winters takes it to the basketball amidst Union Local defenders.

"Coach (Gary) Harvey has been working with our traps and three-quarter press, they got moving early and that was important." South head coach Ed Davis said. "They are extremely well at the rim so we had to try to pressure them out front and prevent the pass from going in."

Winans was aggressive from the start, scoring eight points in the first. South pulled down four offensive rebounds.

One that led to a Hays' 3 that kick started a scoring run. Magnolia was held scoreless for three minutes during the stretch while South upped its lead to 15. Erin Williams scored five points in a row to put the Patriots up 20-5.

South continued to push the pace, scoring six points in quick succession, outscoring Magnolia 17-8 in the second. Kenzie Johnson picked up four of her dozen assists in the period.

"Kenize did a nice job, she's nice a nice contributor," coach Davis said. "She delivers the ball when it needs to be delivered."

South tallied up 29 team assists in what coach Davis called an "all-out effort by everyone."

"I thought the kids played well, we moved the ball well, everyone contributed and played well," Davis said.

Hays consecutively scored four markers off of turnovers giving South a 37-13 lead going into the half.

Magnolia finally got some offense going in the second half, but was unable to chip away at the lead as South answered with 41 points of their own.

Using their height advantage, Magnolia threw the ball in the paint more for closer shots or to draw contact.

Kyndra Pilant got to the basket more scoring 18 out of her 22 in the second half. "If you watch the film you know what they are doing, once they get at the rim, it goes in or it's a foul," coach Davis said, "They are a good basketball team, they had a good run, those kids are too good to keep them down."

Winters connected on both her free throws cutting the lead to 18 in the fourth, the closest Magnolia would get the rest of the way. Rylee Harner's five points, including one of her triples, then pushed the lead to 59-36.

"Give our kids credit for, we left here at 2 a.m. Friday morning, we didn't have much of practice." Davis said, "To turn back around to play this afternoon game today and have the kind of start is a credit to the kids."

Pilant led the Lady Eagles with 22 points, including a three-ball, while stuffing the stat sheet with 13 rebounds, five assists and blocked three shots. Winters tacked on 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Aquera Cabral scored a pair of baskets from beyond the arc, while Audrey Cross and Reagan Hale each scored a triple.

(Bruce Crawford added to the story.)


Union Local Stuns Magnolia in OVAC Consolation, 55-37

Kyndra Pilant and Mady Winters each recorded a double-double for the number three seeded Magnolia Blue Eagles, but it wasn't quite enough as number four seed Union Local took care of business in the second half to upset Magnolia, 55-37, on Feb. 7 inside MHS Gymnasium.

Pilant opened the first quarter with an offensive rebound putback, while Cabral sank a triple a short time later to give the hosts a 5-0 lead early in the first period. Pilant was honored for recording her 1,000 career rebound, and Cabrel was recognized as the Blue Eagle single season 3-point leader

With two minutes gone Union Local scored its first basket to pull to within three, but Pilant again putback an offensive rebound to give the hosts a 7-2 lead.

The visiting Jets then went on an 8-2 run to take the lead 10-9 as the quarter ended. The second period was all Winters and Pilant as they scored all of Magnolia's 19 points to grab a 28-27 lead at the break.

However, Magnolia's shooting woes began to pile up with Winters and Pilant scoring all of the Blue Eagles second-half points. Union Local outscored the duo, 28-9, in the second half to claim the OVAC Class 3A third place.

Winters paced the Blue Eagles with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Pilant followed with12 points and 16 rebounds. Cabral scored the Eagles' final points with a three-ball in the first quarter.

Scoring in double figures for Union Local was Allison Lease with 19 points, while Hannah Porter and Sutherlynd Butler followed with 12 and 10 points, respectively.


Fort Frye Knocks Out Magnolia, 70-52

Fort Frye may well be playing its best basketball of the season and with tournament time just around the corner they couldn't have picked a better time.

After Saturday night's thrilling come-from-behind win over arch-rival Waterford, the Cadets rolled to a 70-52 win over Magnolia on Monday night in an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 3A semifinal tilt at Fort Frye High School.

The Fort Frye defense forced the Blue Eagles into 22 turnovers including 15 in the opening half as the Cadets built a 12-point halftime lead.

"I thought our girls for four quarters just flat got after it," Fort Frye coach Dan Liedtke said. "We needed a game like this and I thought we did a great job."

After scoring 11 points in three quarters of basketball Saturday in Waterford, the Cadets offense has totaled 95 points in its last five quarters after knocking down nine triples against Magnolia.

The Cadets led Magnolia 18-11 in the first quarter capped by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Olivia Schneider and then extended their lead to 12 at the break thanks to a 17-12 second quarter.

Senior Morgan Borich and freshman Hannah Archer had the early hot hands for the Cadets as they scored 11 and 10 points respectively in the first half while Magnolia's outstanding post player Mady Winters accounted for 16 of the Eagles 23 first half points.

Magnolia (14-5) managed to whittle the Cadets lead down to nine early in the third period on an inside bucket by Kyndra Pilant, but an Archer 3-pointer quickly pushed the lead back into double digits.

Fort Frye went on a 15-6 run to increase its lead to 21 with the final two field goals coming on inside baskets by sophomore Karlee Ross.

The Cadets quickly put to rest any ideas the Eagles had of a fourth-quarter comeback when they opened the final period on a 8-0 run to extend their lead to a game-high 27 and clinch a spot in the OVAC title game Saturday morning for the first time in three years.

Borich led the way for the Fort with 17 points while Archer added 16 as both Cadets knocked down three 3-pointers.

Ross added 14 points while freshman Kenzie Dalton finished with11 as the Cadets improved to 16-2 on the season.

Magnolia was led by yet another monster game by Winters, who totaled 28 points, while pulling down 10 rebounds for a double-double. Pilant also finished with a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards, while also dishing out a game-high six assists.

"You've got to give it to Fort Frye. They are a heckuva ball club," Magnolia coach Meredith Pilant said. "I'm proud of our girls. They fought through to the end and our bigs busted their butts."

Liedtke knew that Pilant and Winter were going to provide his team with a tough challenge inside and felt his team rose to the occasion.

"We had to front we had to back and we had to make it difficult for them to get the ball," Liedtke said. "They are very good post players and they were going to get their points but we made them work for everything they got."

Fort Frye and Magnolia coverage by Ron Johnson.



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