WEIRTON - With four girls scoring in double figures, controlling the backboards and playing good defense, the Weir High Lady Red Riders earned their first victory in five starts beating Magnolia 62-42 Saturday afternoon at the Carl Hamill Fieldhouse.
The Lady Red Riders (1-4) jumped out to an early lead behind the sharp shooting of junior Alyssa Shingle and the hustle of senior Raven Young. Weir High, with Shingle scoring nine points and Young six, were ahead 18-7 after one period and were in command 34-18 at the half.
"I thought this was our best effort," said veteran Weir High coach Bill Smith. "We played four quarters of good basketball today. When we rebound, we can run. That gave us some fast breaks and easy buckets."
Weir High held a wide rebounding margin, 40-30, and outshot the Lady Blue Eagles 34 percent to 24 percent.
"We weren't hitting baskets and just not shooting well at all," said Magnolia coach, Dave Chapman, who said several of his girls battled the flu this week. "Weirton has a nice team. The Shingle girl has really improved a lot from last year.
"They have a nice team and we knew that going in, but when the shots aren't falling and you can't score it makes it tough. We battled the flu bug all week. That's not an excuse, it's a fact. We just didn't have good energy today."
Weir High 62, Magnolia 42
Magnolia 7 11 10 14 - 42
Weir High 18 16 13 15 - 62
MAGNOLIA: Chapman 5 3-4 13, Standiford 3 2-2 9, Gibb 1 0-2 2, Blatt 1 1-2 3, Barisford 4 0-1 11, Littion 2 0-0 4. Totals: 16 6-11 42. Three-pointers: Beresford (3), Stand ford (1); Rebounds: 30 (Chapman, 9); Turnovers: 16.
WEIR HIGH: Young 5 4-8 14, Stead 4 2-4 10, Shingle 7 4-4 22, Lemley 1 0-0 2, Burns 4 4-6 12, Dalrymple 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 14-22 62. Three-pointers: Shingle (4); Rebounds: 40 (Burns, 11); Turnovers: 14.
When Shingle hit her third three-pointer of the game with 6:20 left, the Riders held a 23-point lead, their biggest of the game, at 54-31.
Shingle was spotting up all game and finished with four threes en route to a game high 22 points.
"Shingle had a good day today and we got an overall good team effort," Smith explained. "You have to pick each other up. The girls know that if we had played our other games the way we played today we could easily be 4-1."
Young backed up Shingle with 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals and fellow senior, Shelva Burns, had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Reagan Stead followed up her career high scoring game against Big Red last Monday scoring 10 points and hauling down eight rebounds.
"Reagan's a petty good rebounder and athlete for her size," Smith continued.
The Lady Blue Eagles, who have no seniors on the team, were led by junior Mallory Chapman, the coach's daughter. She scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Grace Barisford, who drilled three from behind the arc, finished with 11 points and Kiera Standiford scored nine points and pulled in eight boards.
After a day off, the Lady Riders play next at Steubenville Catholic Central on Monday. The Lady Blue Eagles will host Oak Glen Monday.