With the beginning of the season still shiny and new, both local high school girls teams are adjusting to live game situations with opposing teams. The Silver Knight and Wildcat ladies each are seeing some tough competition cross their plates, but both are striving to improve with every outing.
The second outing of the young season proved to be not exactly what the Lady Knights of Tyler Consolidated were hoping for as they fell to the Yellow Jackets of Williamstown, 87-44 on Dec. 6 at Williamstown.
Behind by 33 points at the half, the Silver had their work cut out for them as the Maroon ran the floor, and ran it well throughout the game. Known for their quick paced attack, the Lady 'Jackets pocketed their second win of the season.
Scoring for the Ladies in Silver was led by sophomore Sophie Kinnard with 17 points. Kinnard also pulled down nine rebounds, had four blocks, two steals and two assists; Torrye Cline added 14 notches to the scoreboard, and had two total rebounds and three assists; Hilary Casteel, four points, eight rebounds, one assist; Cortney Daugherty, four points; Sydney Reed, four points, seven rebounds, one steal and four assists; Myah Charkawi, one point, five rebounds.
On Dec. 8 the Lady Knights played host to the class A, St. Marys Blue Devils at Tyler Consolidated. In a case of hurry-up-and-wait, both teams finally found their footing middle way through the first period and began making shots. By the end of the first, the Silver was matching the Purple step for step, yet the visitors led, 15-10. In the second, St. Marys turned on the heat, and the speed, outscoring the home team, 20-5, staking the lead at 35-15 at the half.
In the second half, Consolidated held their own, tying their opponents at 16 each in the third and holding them to 19 in the fourth while adding 17 notches themselves. Unfortunately, it was too little too late as the St. Marys club pocketed the win, 70-48.
Junior Torrye Cline led all Lady Knight scorers with 16 points. Cline also had seven rebounds. Allison Wable scored 14 points, and pulled down seven rebounds; Kinnard scored nine, had four rebounds, two blocks, five steals and two assists; Charkawi added six points and had two rebounds; Reed chipped in three points, pulled down seven boards, had two steals and four assists; Casteel was credited with two rebounds and one steal; and Daugherty brought down one rebound.
The Lady Knights will host the Golden Bears of Oak Glen on Dec. 14 and will play at Doddridge County on Dec. 20.
The Hundred Lady Hornets made in two in a row over the Paden City Lady Wildcats, 40-26, on Dec. 6 in Hundred as the Green and White hit the road after their own tournament.
The Ladies in Green held their own in the first half of the contest, only down by three, 23-20 at the break. But the Hornet defense held strong in the second half, handing the Paden City team the loss.
Senior Dominique Craft tossed in 12 points to lead the 'Cats. Lynnsie Parsons added a pair of baskets from beyond the arch, while Logan Cosper netted one. Amanda Heasley made the only two pointer and sank a pair of freebies for four points for all the scoring.
"I don't know what to think right now," said Lady 'Cat head coach, Kelly Sine."We never gave up and our girls fought and battled the whole game. Right now we can't hit the side of a barn if we ae in front of it, but I know we are getting better. I believe we will turn this thing around after the Christmas break."
The Lady Wildcats played at Cameron on Dec. 13 and will be at Beallsville on Dec. 17. The team will play at home on Dec. 19 when they welcome Wood County Christian to Paden City.