Blue Eagles win back-to-back Boggs titles
The 2015 version of the Boggs Family Pizza Roundball Classic took place at Tyler Consolidated High School over the weekend, with nine games played and two champions crowned. The Lady Cadets of Linsly took the girls championship, while the Magnolia Blue Eagles repeated as champions in the boys division.
Tournament action began on Jan. 15 with four girls teams taking the court. In the first game, Linsly defeated the Lady Eagles of Magnolia to move to the championship game and the Lady Knights handed the loss to Valley in order to do the same.
In the Lady Knight game with Valley, the Silver Ladies were on their game, forcing the Jills to put the ball up and connecting on some nice shots themselves. In a closer-than-comfort game, the home team led the score 23-21 at the half. In the second half, though Valley made a run at closing the gap in the final minutes, the Lady Knights were able to hold on to their slim lead to take the 46-42 win.
“I felt like we finally played all four quarters in this game and took care of business,” said Lady Knight head coach, Cathy Boggs. “We seemed more comfortable in our roles and showed steady improvement.”
Tyler Consolidated junior, Ariel Fish, double/doubled on the night with 16 points, 10 rebounds. She also had two assists and three steals. Madison West scored nine points had two rebounds, one assist, one steal; Katelyn Gogan, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block; Vanessa Templeton, six points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block; Breanna Yeater, six points, five rebounds, two steals, one block; Kara Dalrymple, two points, one rebound; Sydney Yoho, one point, five rebounds, two assists; Hannah Casteel, one rebound, one steal; Kylie Martin, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block; and Amanda Reynolds had four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in the win.
On Friday night, the boys took over the court with Magnolia handing Oak Glen the loss in the first game of the evening. In the second game, it was the home standing Silver Knights taking on the Valley Lumberjacks for the second time this season. Though the Knights showed excitement and improvement, it was not enough to win over the Jacks, 78-58.
Missed opportunities and a strong Valley defense held Consolidated to only 16 points in the first half of the game. The Silver came on strong in the fourth, but it was to late to recoup lost points to secure the win.
Sophomore Jace Reed led all Knight scorers in the game with 16 points. He also brought down four rebounds and had two steals and an assist in the effort. Tyler Anderson scored nine points, eight boards and a steal; Blake Carpenter, nine points, four rebounds and one assist; Austin Thompson, six points, one rebound; Daron Weekley, five points, four rebounds; Dylan Roberts, five points, one assist; Trent Smith, four points, one steal and four rebounds; Jonathan Lancaster, two points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal; Josh Smith contributed two points, brought down two rebounds and had one steal; and Josh Peck had two rebounds.
The tournament resumed early on Saturday morning with the freshmen Knights taking on Wheeling Park. In the afternoon, the girls consolation game was won by the Magnolia Lady Eagles, defeating Valley, 52-28.
In the championship game, the Lady Knights lost a step somewhere along the way, falling to Linsly 61-26.
“I don’t know what happened between the Valley game and this one,” said Boggs. “We just were not the same team at all. We got off to an awkward start and just were not able to find our footing again.”
Templeton scored eight points and had four rebounds for the Silver and Black in the game. She also contributed one assist and stole the ball three times; Yoho scored six points and had 10 rebounds; Gogan, four points, three rebounds, two steals, two blocks; West, four points, three rebounds, one assist; Dalrymple, two points, six rebounds; Martha Shepherd, two points, ,three rebounds; Casteel, one rebound; Fish, two rebounds, two steals, one block; and Reynolds stole the ball away once.
“Overall, I’m pleased with the way we are transitioning here later in the season,” coach Boggs said. “We’re not a big scoring team right now, but we’re getting stronger on defense and learning to accept our roles. The girls are very hard on themselves, win or lose. But we’re learning and showing improvement with every game.”
In the boys consolation game, the Silver Knights fell to the Oak Glen Golden Bears 67-47. A frustrating first half had the home team scoring only 13 points to the visitors 34 to give them the decided lead and eventual win.
Reed scored 15 points and had five rebounds for the Knights. He also stole the ball three times and was credited with three assists. Tyler Anderson added 13 points and brought down seven rebounds, three steals; Carpenter, seven points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block; Josh Peck, six points, three rebounds, one assist; Josh Smith, three points; Thompson, two points, four rebounds, two steals, one assist; Weekley, one point, two assists, one steal; Trent Smith, five rebounds, three assists, one steal; and Roberts had one assist.
The Magnolia Blue Eagles repeated as tournament champions with their defeat of Valley in the night cap.
Silver Knight head coach, and tournament director, J.C. Kimble, said although he would have been nice to get a win, he was very pleased with the success of this years tournament. “All eight teams involved in the tournament were very cooperative and seemed to have a great time. We’d like to thank everyone who helped with putting the tournament together and making it the success it was. This is a big undertaking and it could not be done without all the support from our school, our community and the teams participating. We also appreciate the support of Boggs Family Pizza for sponsoring the tournament again this year.
The Silver Knight boys will play again on Friday when they host the Williamstown Yellow Jackets. On Saturday the Knights will participate in the Rotary Classic in New Martinsville, taking on Weirton Madonna at 4:45 p.m.
The Lady Knights will see the River Pilots back to back this week, traveling to Hannibal on Wednesday and hosting the Scarlet and Gray on Thursday.