The end of an old year and the beginning of a new one makes trying to get a high school basketball game in amongst the holiday frivolity a difficult task, but one that both Paden City and Tyler Consolidated boys teams were able to do. The Wildcats and Knights had a full holiday schedule including games both in and away from the Ohio Valley.
On Dec. 20, Paden City played host to the Hundred Hornets, pocketing their second win of the season with their defeat of the Blue, 77-40.
The 'Cats came out on fire at the net in the first period, outscoring their opponents, 18-12, and lengthened that lead by half-time to 38-21. The home team never looked back as Super-shooting freshmen, Zach Heasley and Kennedy Cain totaled 17 points apiece to lead the team to victory.
Heasley brought down five rebounds, had one block, three steals and one assists; while Kennedy was credited with seven rebounds, one block, three steals and one assist. Geoffrey Bidwell added 12 points, pulled down six boards, had two steals and three assists; Jamie Billiter, nine points, seven rebounds, four steals, one assist; Brandon Cross, six points, two rebounds; Drew Bidwell, six points, five rebounds, six steals and five assists; Kane Pyles, five points, four rebounds, one assist; Craig Allen, five points, four rebounds, one steal, one assist.
Things did not quite go as planned on Dec. 22 as the home standing 'Cats fell to the Cee Bee's of Clay Battelle, 63-42 at Bob Burton Gymnasium.
The Green defended the home basket well in the first period and was able to keep in scoring distance, matching their opponents point for point, putting the score at 13-all at the end of one. By half-time, the Cee Bee's managed to pull ahead to take the lead, 32-23. Break downs in the third put the Green and White on the short end of the score by games end, 63-42.
Freshman Kennedy Cain again came through as high-point man for the 'Cats with 17 points. He also had five rebounds, one block and one assist. Geoffrey Bidwell added 16 points, had two rebounds and two assists; Heasley scored five, had two rebounds, two assists; Pyles, two points, two rebounds; Billiter, two points, two rebounds, one steal, two assists.
In their last outing of 2011, Paden City traveled to Valley on Dec. 30 to take on the Lumber Jacks in what turned out to be a barn burner. The two teams battled for supremacy throughout the contest with the Black and Gold holding on to the slimmest of leads throughout the contest, eventually taking the win by three points, 54-51.
Heasley was the top point maker for the Green, tallying 17. He brought down two rebounds, and was credited with two steals in the contest. Cain added 16 points, had three rebounds, and one assist; Geoffrey Bidwell, six points, two steals; Drew Bidwell, four points, one rebound, one assist; Billiter, three points, four rebounds, one steal; Craig Allen, three points, two rebounds; and Cross, two points, two rebounds, one assist.
Paden City will host Cameron on Jan. 4 and travel to St. Johns on Jan. 7 for an afternoon game. On Jan. 10 the 'Cats will host Bishop Donahue.
Tyler Consolidated's boys basketball team ended 2011 on a down note, with a loss, but have hopes to turn things around with wins in 2012.
At Magnolia on Dec. 27, the Silver fell to the Big Blue, 98-40 in a disappointing outing with their Region I rivals.
The Knights were held to seven points in the first period while the Eagles tacked on 28 points to take the lead, and eventually the game.
Knight scorers were led by Dylan Romine with 11. Isaiah Casseneli and Cole Kocher each scored six in the contest, followed by Darren Heintzman with four; Evan Cline, three; Scott Sole, three; Chase Cornell, three; Drew Casey, two; and Dylan Ryenolds, two.
The Silver hosted Ravenswood at home on Jan. 3 and will continue their home stand on Jan. 10 with Ritchie County, followed by the annual "Boggs Pizza Roundball Classic" tournament on Jan. 13-14.. Both boys and girls teams will be involved in the tournament with girls teams from Tyler Consolidated, Frontier, John Marshall and Magnolia, and boys teams representing Conoton Valley, Wheeling Central, Magnolia and Tyler Consolidated.