Looking to improve on the 2010 win/loss record, Paden City girls' head basketball coach, Kelly Sine, has the numbers out this season to make a difference, and plans to continue the strong tradition of basketball in the City.
Sine said he intends to build the girls' basketball program from the bottom up. "When I talk about building a program, I mean from top to bottom and that starts with the middle school program," he said.
Twenty-one young ladies are involved in the junior high program at the present time and the varsity/junior varsity teams at the high school can boast 19 on the roster.
Seven of those 19 return with varsity experience: seniors Amanda Heasley (5'7") and Dominique Craft (5'7"); juniors, Logan Cosper (5'4"), Samantha Shreves (5'10"), and Lynnsie Parsons (5'6"); sophomores Beth Yaron (5'5") and Katie Shreves (5'6").
"Depending on the team we're up against and how they play will be how we decide who needs to be in the game," the coach said. "We need to be quicker on offense and score when we can."
Also looking to see time on the courts of the Ohio Valley this season for the Green and White are Myra Greathouse (5'10"), Lynah Stanley (5'10"), Hannah Stanley (5'4"), Kayla Hizer (5'5"), Kayla Barker (5'1"). Other players trying to get some varsity playing time include, Jennifer Hickman, Sadie Helmic, Audra McFadden, Nickie Little and Kayla and Jennifer Dahms.
Sine and assistant coach Bruce Crawford are counting the intuitiveness of their players as a basic strength of the team. "They've picked up a more fundamental knowledge of the game and are gaining a better understanding of what to do in game situations," Sine added. "We have to not be afraid to take the shot when we have it."
"We're looking for everybody to get a chance at scoring. I want them all putting points on the scoreboard, not expecting someone else to do it. We will run the floor with reckless abandon and take good quality shots. We are working hard on all our fundamentals and do them right the first time. We will be a better free throwing team and make our charity tosses."
"The girls are also very coachable and willing to give the extra effort needed. That's a plus," said Sine.
"They're all out there, giving their best, they're still looking for their confidence" Crawford said.
"We have seen a lot of improvement from many of the girls that will be playing mostly jayvee ball, but we want them to be able to succeed and we don't want to put them in position that they aren't comfortable with yet."
"I hope we can build a good program that teams down the road can say we did it the right way."
In the weakness department, youth, will plague the Lady 'Cats.
"We're young, so inexperience goes hand in hand with that," the coach said. "The same goes for our tendency to panic in certain situations. But, these things can and will be fixed with playing time."
Not knowing in the pre-season if they were going to have the numbers to play a junior varsity schedule, that possibility has now turned into a reality, and it looks like the younger players could possibly play 8-10 junior varsity games giving the many underclassmen on the team a chance to see quite a bit of playing time, which bodes well for the future of Paden City girls' basketball.
The Lady Wildcats played their first game of the season on on the road against Richland Christian Nov. 28 and will host their own holiday tournament on Dec. 2 and 3 in the Lady Wildcat Invitational. Fans of the game will find good competition on tap with teams from Valley, Hundred, and Clay Battelle participating.
The coaches are in hopes that the recent success of the PCHS cheerleaders (Regional runners-up), and volleyball team (Sectional champions) will carry over on to the basketball court as well.
Building a quality program takes time, patience and ingenuity, and nobody does it better than the folks in Paden City, where basketball is on an upswing.