Central Girls Win Undo’s Title
Trinity Boys Defeat Knights
WHEELING — Both the Wheeling Central boys and girls were in need of a rally on Saturday night on the Campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.
The Central girls achieved the comeback, turning a 10-point halftime deficit into a 55-48 victory over Trinity to claim the Undo’s Main Street Holiday Tournament Championship.
The boys were unable to duplicate the magic as Trinity pulled out a 64-56 triumph to earn the title.
Wheeling Central trailed 27-17 at the half of the girls title game as Reagan Sharp led Trinity with 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
The Knights didn’t panic, though. Instead, they opened the second half on a 13-4 run, sparked by a crucial 3-pointer from Allison Davidson and six points from Kaylee Reinbeau, which cut the deficit to 31-30 midway through the third.
With Eden Gainer playing under the weather, she battled through the adversity and poured in 10 points in the third frame to knot the score at 40-40 heading into the final stanza.
“Eden Gainer was really sick,” Central coach Penn Kurtz said. “What she did in the second half was amazing. I don’t know where she found the energy. That’s what you count on when you have a great player like Eden.
“Kaylee Reinbeau, too. They both stepped it up.”
An 11-0 spurt by Central to start the fourth helped soften the cushion and eventually sealed the victory.
Part of the 11-0 outburst was a go-ahead trey from Davidson, who was stellar off the bench.
“She sat there and waited for her time,” Kurtz said. “She hit a couple of key shots for us. Those were huge. She gave us great minutes off the bench. She also did really well on the boards. Defensively, they tried to take advantage of her and she wouldn’t let them do it and I’m really proud of her.
“Alexis Mills and Serena Geyer, too. They both did great off the bench and we really needed that.”
The Knights could not seem to get much going in the first half, due to poor shot selection. That changed in the second half in a big way.
“The first half we struggled to take good shots,” Kurtz said. “We had a lot of shots but not quality shots. We talked about that at halftime about taking better shots and finishing strong.”
Central’s defense also seemed to make adjustments in the locker room and showcased its skill in the final 16 minutes.
“They went to the man-to-man defense in the second half,” Trinity coach Mike Baldy said. “We love that. We love our man-to-man sets but it’s like we tense up all of a sudden and there are turnovers. That hurt us.”
Gainer paced the Knights with 20 points and Reinbeau added 17, while Sharp led the Warriors with 20 points and Leighton Croft tallied 19 as all four players were named to the all-tournament team.
In the nightcap, both teams went back-and-forth until a bucket with five seconds left in the first half by Trinity’s Caleb Rice deadlocked the score at 23-23.
Briston Bennett led the Warriors first half attack with 10 points, while Ryan Reasbeck netted nine for the Knights.
In the third quarter, Trinity took aim from beyond the arc as Mark Spruill, Bennett and Joel Robertson all drained 3’s to jump out to a 36-32 advantage going into the fourth.
Central’s Anthony Robbins struck quickly to begin the final frame as he collected 10 points in the first 1:30 of the fourth and Bray Price added a steal, going the length of the floor for a layup to give Central a 44-39 edge.
“We made a nice run there in the third quarter,” Knights coach Mel Stephens said. “But our inexperience haunted us a bit.
“They made all the plays and they were better. On transition, we didn’t get back quick enough and in the first half, they outhustled us to every loose ball.”
There were four lead changes over the final eight minutes of action but when the dust settled, it was the Warriors who ousted the Knights behind 15 fourth quarter points from Bennett.
Bennett led Trinity wit 28 points and Robertson recorded 14 as both garnered all-tournament team honors.
“Robertson, our young center grew up significantly, (Saturday),” Trinity coach John Fowkes said. “He battled Robbins and (Clayton Abate) and helped take J.C. Maxwell out of the game.
“This is the first time in my time here that we have beaten Central. So, we are going to enjoy it but we aren’t going to bump our chest too much because we could have more matchups down the road.
“But, I do feel that we are in the conversation for the best team in the state.”
For Central, it was Robbins’ 14 points and Reasbeck’s 13 points, which earned them spots on the all-tournament team.
Magnolia 61, Charleston Catholic 23
WHEELING – Mady Winters posted a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds as Magnolia defeated Charleston Catholic at the Undo’s/Main Street Holiday Tournament.
Kyndra Pilant also posted a double-double for the Blue Eagles as she grabbed 13 boards and dished out 12 assists.
Aquera Cabral shot lights from the 3-point arc hitting seven treys as she compiled 21 points.