Patriots sizzle from 3 in victory

South hits 12 treys in 80-54 win over Class A Magnoila

Photo by Joe Albrightd Parkersburg South’s Kenzie Johnson causes trouble for Magnolia’s Holland Estep after a defensive rebound during the Patriots’ 80-54 win over the Blue Eagles Saturday inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

PARKERSBURG — Coming off their longest road trip of the year against Greenbrier East Thursday, the Parkersburg South Patriots showed no signs of wear as they stormed out the gates early with an 80-54 win over the Magnolia Blue Eagles Saturday afternoon.

It was a balanced attack of the inside and outside game as Sierra Hays and Makenna Winans lead in scoring, both tallied 23 points. Winans was a force in the post. She shot 70 percent inside the arc as she scored 21 points in the first three quarters. South shot 51% from 3 on 12 on 22. Hayes connected with a team-high four triples. Rylee Harner and Erin Williams added two each as well.

Magnolia took the lead for the first and last time off a Mady Winters basket on their only bucket of the first quarter. But South’s full-court press later changed to a half-court trap. This forced Magnolia to turn the ball over nine times in the first on the way to 18 for the game.

“Coach (Gary) Harvey has been working with our traps and three-quarter press, they got moving early and that was important.” South head coach Ed Davis said. “They are extremely well at the rim so we had to try to pressure them out front and prevent the pass from going in.”

Winans was aggressive from the start, scoring eight points in the first. South pulled down four offensive rebounds. One that led to a Hays’ 3 that kick started a scoring run. Magnolia was held scoreless for three minutes during the stretch while South upped its lead to 15. Erin Williams scored five points in a row to put the Patriots up 20-5.

South continued to push the pace, scoring six points in quick succession, outscoring Magnolia 17-8 in the second. Kenzie Johnson picked up four of her dozen assists in the period.

“Kenize did a nice job, she’s nice a nice contributor,” coach Davis said. “She delivers the ball when it needs to be delivered.”

South tallied up 29 team assists in what coach Davis called an “all-out effort by everyone.”

“I thought the kids played well, we moved the ball well, everyone contributed and played well,” Davis said.

Hays consecutively scored four markers off of turnovers giving South a 37-13 lead going into the half.

Magnolia finally got some offense going in the second half, but was unable to chip away at the lead as South answered with 41 points of their own.

Using their height advantage, Magnolia threw the ball in the paint more for closer shots or to draw contact.

Kyndra Pilant got to the basket more scoring 18 out of her 22 in the second half. “If you watch the film you know what they are doing, once they get at the rim, it goes in or it’s a foul,” coach Davis said, “They are a good basketball team, they had a good run, those kids are too good to keep them down.”

Winters connected on both her free throws cutting the lead to 18 in the fourth, the closest Magnolia would get the rest of the way. Rylee Harner’s five points, including one of her triples, then pushed the lead to 59-36.

“Give our kids credit for, we left here at 2 a.m. Friday morning, we didn’t have much of practice.” Davis said, “To turn back around to play this afternoon game today and have the kind of start is a credit to the kids.”