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Parkersburg South’s Strong Fourth Dooms Magnolia

Photo by Cody Tomer Magnolia’s Kyndra Pilant, left, takes a shot over Parkersburg South’s Makenna Winans during Magnolia’s Senior Night on Wednesday.

NEW MARTINSVILLE — The fourth quarter has been a weakness for the Parkersburg South girls’ basketball team this season.

That weakness didn’t show on Wednesday night.

The Patriots (6-11) opened the final frame on a 9-0 run to pull away from Magnolia by a 58-43 final on the Blue Eagles’ Senior Night.

“We seemed like we weren’t playing with our normal tempo and we did in the fourth quarter,” Parkersburg South coach Rick Dobson said. “The fourth has been a problem for us. We’ve been in some really good ballgames. We’ve played almost everybody in the Top 10 and we’ve been in every ballgame but our problem has been the fourth quarter. We’ve overcome it the last two games so I think we’ve turned the corner.”

Magnolia (9-13) didn’t find the scoring column in the fourth until Lenieca Grimm bucketed a free throw with under four minutes left.

“We went cold on offense and they started hitting some big shots,” Magnolia coach Meredith Pilant said. “We had a few breakdowns on defense and it led to some easy buckets.

“Our offense wasn’t going and we just struggled a bit on that end.”

Senior standout Kyndra Pilant, who recorded a double-double by the end of the third with 15 points and 10 rebounds, was held scoreless in the fourth.

“She’s the real deal,” Dobson said of Kyndra Pilant. “We made some adjustments there and mixed some personnel around and I think that frustrated her a little bit. We also didn’t let her get the ball in her hands, so that helped.”

Parkersburg South never trailed as Hannah Wingrove drained a 3 to start the game.

Audrey Cross answered with a trey before the Patriots reeled off eight straight points but only led 13-10 after one.

The score remained close in the second but the Blue Eagles couldn’t quite cut into the deficit and trailed 29-20 at halftime.

It wasn’t until late in the third when Magnolia made its move. Grimm and Pilant each charted back-to-back points as part of a 9-1 spurt to pull the Eagles to within 38-36 with two minutes to go in the third.

That’s as close as it got as South netted the final four points of the third and quieted the Eagles in the fourth en route to victory.

Kyndra Pilant paced Magnolia with 15 points, followed by Cross’ 10 and Holand Estep with eight.

“(Kyndra) has played well all season,” Coach Pilant said. “I know she is upset we didn’t get the win on Senior Night but she played great.

“(All of our seniors) have bought in and put in the work and we’re hopeful that we can see it pay off for them.”

Makenna Winans garnered a team-high 14 points for Parkersburg South, while Skylar Bosley netted 13, Erin Williams collected 11 and Wingrove pocketed eight.

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