Magee leads Lady Warriors to 35-28 first round win

By ANDREW ABADIE,

OAK GROVE – Oak Grove sophomore Nataliya Magee's 18-point performance was the difference in the Lady Warriors 35-28 win over Biloxi in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. 

 

In the first quarter, Biloxi took a 12-6 lead over Oak Grove and shutout Magee to start the game. 

 

"We wanted to try and get [their] big girl out on ball screens, and our guards weren't doing a good job of attacking that," Oak Grove head coach Mark Swindle said on the slow start. "She didn't really guard those two well. We had been struggling the last couple of games with shooting the ball. I really think we sped up the game. We made some three-on-twos and made some steals that kind of got us going." 

 

Magee scored 10 of her points in the second quarter, which helped the Lady Warriors tie the game at 14-14. However, the Indians stayed ahead with a pair of 3-points to hold a 20-16 lead at halftime.

 

"It was all hustle points," Swindle said. "Most of them were all steals, and she just took it to the rim. She does soccer and basketball and starts on both. Soccer is over, and it's finally given her a chance to get her legs under her, I think. She's just tough. Skill-wise sometimes she is lacking but hearts, gut and soul she has it all." 

 

Despite Biloxi extending its leads to 23-16 after halftime, the Oak Grove defense took control of the game and scored several points off turnovers. The Lady Warriors closed the third quarter on a 13-0 run and took a 29-23 lead.

 

Biloxi's Malia Ross kept her team afloat with her 3-point shooting, which according to Swindle was unexpected. 

 

"[Ross] hadn't made that many shots all year," Swindle said. "We let her [shoot] out on the corner. I thought there was illegal screening going on, but she kept making those 3-pointers and that's what got them back in the game. 

 

"They [also] quit looking inside. I don't know why because they had opportunities in there. They were focused on getting that 3-point shot when we got up by seven for sure." 

 

Ross totaled four 3-pointers in the game, which helped bring Biloxi back to trailing to a one-possession game at 29-28 in the fourth quarter. 

 

But Magee, made two free throws in the final minutes of the game, which gave Oak Grove cushion and helped the Lady Warriors close the game on 5-0 run to secure the win. 

 

Oak Grove will travel to Harrison Central for the second of the playoffs on Friday with tipoff set for 6 p.m.

 

"We played the first game of the year and beat us by 13," Swindle said. "They have a really good team and are the No. 1 seed in District 8. Right now, as a coach, I think we can beat anyone, but we don't have to beat anybody; we just have to beat them."

 

 

 

Oak Grove 35, Biloxi 28

At Oak Grove 

 

Oak Grove (15-11) – Shakiya Bolton 1 4-4 7, Janiya Ramsey 1 0-0 3, Kennidi Dean 1 0-0 2, Nhariya McDonald 0 1-2 1, Nataliya Magee 6 6-7 18, Jada Tatum 2 0-0 4, Taniyah Wilson 0 0-0 0. Field Goals: 11, Free Throws: 11-13, Total Points 35. 

 

Biloxi (14-17) – Nade’ja Turner 1 0-0 3, Marcavia Shavers 4 0-0 8, Shaneal Corpuz 1 2-2 4, Malaja Ross 4 1-2 13, Dkaylah Jones 0 0-0 0, Menyana Teel 0 0-0 0. Field Goals: 10, Free Throws: 3-4, Total Points 28. 

 

OG       5          11        13        6          -           35

BLX      12        8          3          5          -           28

 

3-Pointers – OG 1 (Ramsey), BLX 5 (Corpuz, Turner). Total Fouls: OG 4, BLX 13. Fouled Out: None. 

OAK GROVE – Oak Grove sophomore Nataliya Magee's 18-point performance was the difference in the Lady Warriors 35-28 win over Biloxi in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.

In the first quarter, Biloxi took a 12-6 lead over Oak Grove and shutout Magee to start the game.

"We wanted to try and get [their] big girl out on ball screens, and our guards weren't doing a good job of attacking that," Oak Grove head coach Mark Swindle said on the slow start. "She didn't really guard those two well. We had been struggling the last couple of games with shooting the ball. I really think we sped up the game. We made some three-on-twos and made some steals that kind of got us going."

Magee scored 10 of her points in the second quarter, which helped the Lady Warriors tie the game at 14-14. However, the Indians stayed ahead with a pair of 3-points to hold a 20-16 lead at halftime.

"It was all hustle points," Swindle said. "Most of them were all steals, and she just took it to the rim. She does soccer and basketball and starts on both. Soccer is over, and it's finally given her a chance to get her legs under her, I think. She's just tough. Skill-wise sometimes she is lacking but hearts, gut and soul she has it all."

Despite Biloxi extending its leads to 23-16 after halftime, the Oak Grove defense took control of the game and scored several points off turnovers. The Lady Warriors closed the third quarter on a 13-0 run and took a 29-23 lead.

Biloxi's Malia Ross kept her team afloat with her 3-point shooting, which according to Swindle was unexpected.

"[Ross] hadn't made that many shots all year," Swindle said. "We let her [shoot] out on the corner. I thought there was illegal screening going on, but she kept making those 3-pointers and that's what got them back in the game.

"They [also] quit looking inside. I don't know why because they had opportunities in there. They were focused on getting that 3-point shot when we got up by seven for sure."

Ross totaled four 3-pointers in the game, which helped bring Biloxi back to trailing to a one-possession game at 29-28 in the fourth quarter.

But Magee, made two free throws in the final minutes of the game, which gave Oak Grove cushion and helped the Lady Warriors close the game on 5-0 run to secure the win.

Oak Grove will travel to Harrison Central for the second of the playoffs on Friday with tipoff set for 6 p.m.

"We played the first game of the year and beat us by 13," Swindle said. "They have a really good team and are the No. 1 seed in District 8. Right now, as a coach, I think we can beat anyone, but we don't have to beat anybody; we just have to beat them."

 

Oak Grove 35, Biloxi 28

At Oak Grove

Oak Grove (15-11) – Shakiya Bolton 1 4-4 7, Janiya Ramsey 1 0-0 3, Kennidi Dean 1 0-0 2, Nhariya McDonald 0 1-2 1, Nataliya Magee 6 6-7 18, Jada Tatum 2 0-0 4, Taniyah Wilson 0 0-0 0. Field Goals: 11, Free Throws: 11-13, Total Points 35.

Biloxi (14-17) – Nade’ja Turner 1 0-0 3, Marcavia Shavers 4 0-0 8, Shaneal Corpuz 1 2-2 4, Malaja Ross 4 1-2 13, Dkaylah Jones 0 0-0 0, Menyana Teel 0 0-0 0. Field Goals: 10, Free Throws: 3-4, Total Points 28.

OG  5 11 13 6 - 35

BLX 12 8 3 5 - 28

3-Pointers – OG 1 (Ramsey), BLX 5 (Corpuz, Turner). Total Fouls: OG 4, BLX 13. Fouled Out: None.