Tyler Consolidated Girls Get Win Over Wirt
The Silver Knights traveled to Wirt County on Jan. 26 for a make-up game with the Tigers. The Knights, who have been struggling lately, put it all together on Friday and came home with a big 80-55 win over the home team.
Tyler took a 12 point lead, 20-8, after the first quarter and made it 22 at the half, 41-19, to cruise to the victory. The third period also belonged to the Knights as they gained a three point edge, 16-13. Heading into the final eight minutes, the Knights went to the bench and still kept pace with the Tigers as each team scored 23.
Josey Jones came up huge on the night with a sparkling 18 point output, while JoLee Walton had another good performance with 15 points, including a three. Peyton Kocher scored 13, with two 3’s, while senior Amanda Reynolds knocked in 11 markers, including a long ball. Regan Smith barely missed double figures as she hit for eight and Alexa Johnson had a nice game with four points and 10 rebounds. Cora Grimm ended with five points, and Summer Miller scored four. Eden Turner hit two free throws to round out the scoring. The Knights now stand at 7-9 on the season.
“We played well on Friday, and I am glad to see the girls get another win. We played well as a team, which makes a lot of difference. I am proud of these girls; they are a good group of kids,” said Coach Cathy Boggs.
Silver Knights fall to South Harrison
Tyler Consolidated dropped a girls basketball game to South Harrison on Jan. 25 as the home team gained the win, 42-38. The Knights jumped on top quickly, and at the end of one quarter, had an 18-5 advantage. They lost the second quarter, 14-5, but still held the lead at the half by four, 23-19.
The Hawks came out on fire in the third period and took the lead with a 15-10 run, to give them the edge heading down the stretch. The final eight minutes proved to be the Knights’ doom as they could only get five points in the period. The home team managed eight to come away with the narrow win.
Jolee Walton led the Knights with a team-high 14 points, including one three pointer. She was followed by Peyton Kocher with 11, including three 3’s. Amanda Reynolds hit for six, while Josey Jones scored five and Alexa Johnson got two. The Hawks had the game’s top scorer in Kylie Saltis with 18 and four 3’s. The loss dropped the Knights to 6-9 on the season.
Knights Drop Heartbreaker
The Silver Knights’ girls basketball team made its way to Williamstown on Monday, Jan. 22, to take on the Yellowjackets. It was the Lady Knights’ chance to get their second victory of the season over the home team. Williamstown, with a little help from their friends, had different ideas. The Yellowjackets handed the girls from Tyler their seventh loss of the season, 63-58.
Williamstown jumped out to a two point lead, 12-10, after the first quarter. However, the Knights came back strong in the second frame and took a five point lead at the half, 30-25, on the heels of Amanda Reynolds’ nine first half points and steady play from JoLee Walton, who added six in the half. Five of those points came in the second frame.
The homestanding Yellowjackets came out after the break and took back the lead with a 17-10 third quarter, to go into the final eight minutes up two. With the game still hanging in the balance, both teams battled back and forth. Williamstown got the upper hand and outscored the visitors, 21-18, to secure the win. Walton and Peyton Kocher each had six points in the last quarter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the balanced Yellowjackets’ attack, led by Keeley Alsup’s game-high 17 points, plus three other double-figure scorers.
The Silver Knights also had good balanced scoring with three players in double figures and three players with six or more points. Walton and Reynolds each ended with 13, while Kocher added 11. Josey Jones added eight points, and Regan Smith had seven points. Alex Johnson put up six points. The Knights had 22 two-pointers, compared to 14 for Williamstown. However, Williamstown hit five three-point baskets, to just two for the Knights.
The outcome, however, came at the free throw line where the home team went to the line 34 times making 20 points, compared to Tyler’s eight points on just 13 trips. The Silver Knights had two of their top six foul out, while two other starters ended with four and another three.