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Knights get first win at Classic

By Staff | Jan 20, 2010

Dustin Snider

The Auggie’s Old Fashioned Pizza, Knights Roundball Classic Basketball Tournament was held Jan. 14, 15 and 16 at Tyler Consolidated with four boys high school teams and four girls high school teams participating. Local basketball fans were treated to some great periods of roundball with talented and skilled high school players.

On Jan. 14 the tournament started off with two high school girls games with the beginning featured match between the Lady Monarchs of John Marshall and the Lady Patriots of Parkersburg South. In a defensive struggle throughout the game, a scoring edge in the first quarter put the Patriots ahead in points for the majority of the game. South (7-1) wound up with the win, 58-43 to send them to the championship game on Saturday.

Leading scorers for the Patriots were Asia Greenleaf and Mary Seasgraves with 13 points apiece. Jessica Moore added 12 points. Kylie Howard led all John Marshall scorers with 13 points and 14 rebounds and Alexis Montes totaled 12 points.

In the nightcap, Tyler Consolidated’s own Lady Knights faced off with the Lady Eagles of Magnolia in a tough contest. The Eagles scored 30 points in the first half of the game to take a substantial 30-17 half time lead, but the Lady Knights came back more accurate and sure in the second half to add 41 points on their side of the scoreboard. Magnolia held on for the 68-59 win in the long run though, and a chance to take on Parkersburg South in the championship game.

Junior Padyn Ludewig scored a career and game high 38 points for the Blue Eagles in the win, followed by Jordan Babe with 16 points.

Heather Suter led all Lady Knight scorers in the game with 15 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Senior Christy Jones scored 11 points; Tiffany Lohri and Lynsee Casteel added nine points each; Keri Suter scored seven; Sami Jones collected six; and Torrye Cline added two points.

The loss put the Lady Knights at 2- 8 on the season.

The Berkley Springs Indians fell behind the Linsly Cadets, 28-15 in the first half of the opening boys game of the Roundball Classic on Friday. Linsly held on to their lead and eventually took the win, 49-46 to advance to the championships on Saturday.

Junior Jarred Smith scored a game high 20 points in the contest, followed by team mates Ben Weimer with 12 and Kane Boroski, nine.

Robert Williard scored 12 points for the Indians with Joe Farell and Lucas Redick scoring 10 points apiece.

In the match-up with the most local interest, the Silver Knights took on the undefeated Magnolia Blue Eagles in the last game of the day. Magnolia started the game as if they meant to go on, defending their goal well and getting the fall of the ball in the basket more often than not, and had a terrific effort from senior Jared Blatt and freshman Marc Winters, scoring 29 and 20 points respectively. The Blue Eagles gained their seventh win of the season with the 82-61 final score.

The Silver Knights fell for the eighth time this season, albeit getting a fine performance from senior Dustin Snider who totaled 27 points, including five three- pointers. Following Snider in the point department was fellow senior, Aaron Estep with 12; Zach Minger, 10; Cory Lowe, six; Boone Kehrer, four and Alex Jones, two.

The loss sent the Knights to the consolation round of the tournament on Saturday afternoon while the Eagles would match up with Linsly on Saturday night in the championship game.

In the first of the consolation rounds on Jan. 16, Consolidated’s Lady Knights took on John Marshall in an afternoon contest. Thanks to the Monarchs defensive style, Tyler Consolidated only managed 10 points in the first half to their opponents 48. Thought the Knights were able to put together a 27 point fourth period, it was too-little- too-late, and the Marshall County school took the win, 76-43.

Lohri led Consolidated’s scorers with 12 points. Christy Jones scored nine; Heather Suter, eight; Keri Suter, seven; Sami Jones added three; and Allison Wable scored two points in the effort.

Freshman Kylie Howard led the Lady Monarchs with 21 points and 18 rebounds.

It was the Lady Blue Eagles vs. the Lady Patriots in the girls championship game on Saturday afternoon, with the Parkersburg South Patriots taking the win, 74-32. South totaled 58 points in the first half to take a demanding lead and never looked back over the Blue who only managed 20 in the first two periods.

Ludewig was the Lady Eagle go-to girl scoring 20 points in the game.

South was led by Maston with 17; Hunt, 15 and Moore with 14.

The game to watch during the entire tournament was the boys consolation round featuring Tyler Consolidated and Berkley Springs on Saturday evening. The Knights played hard and the effort paid off as the home team gained their first win of the season, 44-43.

The Indians led the game 11-7 at the end of the first quarter, with the Knights battling for points the entire time. At the half, the visitors still led, 28-20, but the Silver was about to get fired up.

By the end of the third period of play, the Knights had closed the Indians lead to a single point, 36-37, leaving the fourth stanza to catch-up. A hard fought defensive battle ensued in the fourth with Consolidated going ahead and finally taking the win with a buzzer beating long ball by Dustin Snider to end the game with a notch in the win column for the Silver.

Snider would lead all Knight scorers in the game with 13. Alex Jones scored 11; Lowe added 10; Minger, six; and Kehrer and Estep contributed two points each.

The 2010 championship title of the Auggies Old Fashioned Pizza, Knight Roundball Classic went to the Magnolia Blue Eagles after they defeated the Linsly Cadets, 74-62, in the last game of the tournament on Saturday.

The Blue Eagles led after the first period of play, 24-15, and though they had a few close calls, out distanced the Cadets to get the win, and the championship, in the end.

Magnolia (8-0), was led by Blatt with 20 points, Matt Sapp with 16; Jayson Keller with 13 and Winters with 11. Kane Boroski led the 6-2 Cadets with 19 points.

The Roundball Classic is an annual tournament held at Tyler Consolidated and has proved to be an action packed event featuring some of the top teams in West Virginia.