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Tyler Falls to Defending Champs

By Staff | Mar 6, 2019

Photo Provided Silver Knights freshman Lauren Templeton attemps to can a mid-range jumper admidst a bevy of Wheeling Central defenders.

Tyler Consolidated finished its 2018-19 girls basketball campaign with an impressive 14-10 record, despite playing some of the best Class A schools in the state – including three that advanced to the state tournament. On Thursday night in Wheeling, on Skip Prosser Court, the Maroon Knights of Central ended the Silver Knights’ season with an impressive 80-51 victory to advance to the state tournament in Charleston.

The Maroon Knights were in a battle in the first half and led by two, 13-11, after one. They extended the lead to eight at the half, 36-28, but came up big in the third quarter to put Tyler Consolidated away, outscoring them, 27-10, for a 25-point lead going into the final eight minutes. The visitors couldn’t overcome the deficit as Wheeling Central gained four more points in the quarter to get the final score.

The Maroon Knights placed four players in double-figures, with junior Eden Gainer pouring in 23, while sophomore Marissa Horan added 20. Junior Kaylee Reinbeau was a force in the middle, scoring 18 points and grabbing 17 rebounds for a double-double. She also recorded eight assists. Also hitting double figures was sophomore Tristen White with 10.

Tyler Consolidated got a big game from senior Josey Jones, who was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points. Jones has been a steady scorer for the past three years for the Silver Knights and ended up averaging nearly 20 per game this season. She was backed by four-year player JoLee Walton, who hit for 12. Senior backcourt mate Peyton Kocher added seven, including a three. Tyler finished with 21 field goals and 6-12 from the free throw line, while the Maroon Knights hit 27 field goals, including seven 3-pointers, and hit on 18-27 from the charity stripe. The Silver Knights also lost the rebounding battle, 47-32.

“Our goal coming in was to try and shut down Reinbeau and Gainer. They are very good players, and we were not able to do what we wanted,” Tyler Consolidated head coach Ben Thomas said. “Central is very quick, which created a lot of turnovers (22). Turnovers really hurt us. But this is where we wanted to be. We wanted to get to the regionals. We had a good year. We lose some quality kids, but we also have some talented kids coming back.”