Thanks to a snow day called because of inclement weather on Jan. 13, the Boggs' Roundball Classic tournament held at Tyler Consolidated was shortened two games, with no winner named on the boys side of the contests. In the girls division, the Lady Monarchs of John Marshall defeated both Frontier and the Lady Knights to take home the only first place trophy presented.
Games began on Jan. 12 with the Lady Monarchs taking on the Lady Cougars of Frontier in the first game. Though they got off to a slow, but steady start, the John Marshall team out scored Frontier to take the win and secure a place in the championship game.
The second game of the evening featured rivals, Tyler Consolidated and Magnolia, with both teams battling hard for the needed win. In the long run, a quick defense and four players scoring in double digits helped the Lady Knights take the win, 66-51.
The Knights got off to a solid start, outscoring their opponents, 17-14 to take the lead in the first. In the second, the Silver outdistanced the Blue, adding 16 points to their side of the scoreboard while holding the visitors to only five.
With a lead of 14 points going into the second half, Consolidated got a little lackadaisical, scoring 12 points and allowing Magnolia to add 21 points to their score to come within five points. The Knights turned the pressure back on in the fourth, finally taking the win, 66-51 to advance to the championships.
Four Lady Knights scored in double figures in the game: sophomore Sophie Kinnard with 18, junior Torrye Cline, 17, Allison Wable, 14, and Sydney Reed, 13 points.
Kinnard double-doubled in the game adding 18 rebounds to her 18 points. She also was credited with two blocks, four steals and five assists. Torrye Cline also had four rebounds, one block, one steal, two assists; Wable chalked up eight rebounds, two blocks, one steal, two assists; Reed pulled down six rebounds, five steals and seven assists; Kyrsten Cline scored two points; Breanna Yeater, two points; and Tiffany Spencer, one assist.
In the championship game on Saturday, the Lady Knights faced off with the solid Lady Monarchs of John Marshall. Giving the Brown and Gold all they wanted in the first half, the Lady Knights found themselves trailing by 16 points, 32-16 at the half.
In the second half, though the scoring was mainly in John Marshall's favor, the Lady Knights held on defensively until the end, taking the loss, 68-34.
"They're a good team," said Lady Knight head coach Matt Kinnard of the Monarchs. "We should have played better, been more consistent in our shooting."
Torrye Cline led all Knight scorers in the game with 13 points pulled down two rebounds, one steal, and two assists.
Reed scored 11 points had three rebounds, two steals, four assists; Kinnard, five points, 13 rebounds, two blocks, two steals; Wable, four points, three rebounds, three blocks; Yeater, one point, four rebounds; Kyrsten Cline, one steal; and Haleigh Smith had one assist.
All tournament team members named in the girls side of the tournament were: John Marshall, Kylie Howard and Alexis Montes; Tyler Consolidated, Torrye Cline; Frontier, Kelsey Rinard; and Magnolia, Mallory Chapman.
The Lady Knights will see action again on Jan. 21 when they host the Region I Classic tournament at Tyler Consolidated where every team in Region I will get a chance to see Regional competitors before post-season play begins.
Inclement weather which forced Tyler County schools to close on Jan. 13 also forced the cancellation of games in the Boggs' Roundball Classic tournament held at Tyler Consolidated, forcing only two games to be played on Saturday. Therefore, no winner was named in the boys tournament.
Teams participating played on Saturday with the first game seeing Conotton Valley defeat the Knights of Wheeling Central.
The second game pitted the Silver Knights of Tyler Consolidated against the Magnolia Blue Eagles for the second time this season. With Magnolia coming into the game as "the team to beat", the game shaped up to be the biggest draw of the tournament, yet the Knights came out on the short end of the score, 74-35 when all was said and done.
Coach J.C. Kimble's club slowed the play down several times during the game, stalling the Blue Eagle offense and limiting their shots. The Knights had their work cut out for them from the get-go though, with Magnolia jumping out to an early lead in the first period, 21-9, and never looking back.
Dylan Romine led all Knight scorers in the game with 13 points. He also hauled in three rebounds, had one assist and one steal. Darren Heintzman scored eight points, had eight rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Dylan Reynolds added six points; Evan Cline, three points, two assists; Alex Doak, three points; Cole Kocher, two points, one steal, two rebounds; Issiah Casenelli, one assist; Ice, one assist; and Chase Cornell, one rebound.
All tournament team members named on the boys side of the tournament were: Magnolia, Mark Winters; Tyler Consolidated, Darren Heintzman; Wheeling Central, Braxtin Nolty; and Conotton Valley, Zac Lyon.
The Knight girls and boys basketball teams would like to thank all the teams that participated in the tournament, as well as the parents and Athletic Boosters working in the concession stand and preparing food for the hospitality room. Also special appreciation is extended to Boggs Pizza and Grill for sponsoring the tournament.
The Knights will play at Williamstown on Jan. 20 and will travel to New Martinsville on Jan. 28 to take part in the Magnolia Region Classic tournament.