With the holiday breaks into the season over with, local girls high school basketball teams are looking to tune up their games before mid-season. Both the Lady Knights and 'Cats have seen their share of difficulties throughout the season thus far, but both are hoping those bad vibes are now behind them as they continue to seek wins.
The Lady Knights took on the Doddridge County Lady Bulldogs on Jan. 5 at Tyler Consolidated, taking the game into overtime and getting their fourth win of the season to the tune of 65-54.
The Silver came on strong right off the bat, hitting shot for shot and defending their goal with gusto, taking the lead after one, 18-14. In the second, Doddridge edged the Knights out in points, scoring nine to the home teams' eight, but the Silver still held the lead going into the locker room at the half, 26-23.
In the third, Consolidated took advantage of a sluggish Bulldog defense, adding 15 to their score, but were stunned in the fourth when the visitors tacked 23 points onto their side of the scoreboard, tying the game up at 52 all.
In the overtime period, 11 of 14 good throws from the charity stripe told the story of the win, as the Knights soared to success, 65-54.
"Free throws were the decisive factor in this game," said head coach of the Lady Knights, Matt Kinnard. "This is the most we've been to the free throw line all year, and we were consistent there. That's what we want to see."
"We were hoping to be 6-3 at this point in the season, instead we're 4-5. It's been a year of adjustments, with players out and changing up the line-up several times, but we've managed and we're pulling it together. Our freshmen have had to step up really before they're ready. But they're doing all they can and we can't ask for more than that."
Junior Torrye Cline led all Knight scorers in the game with 27 points (nine free throws). She also had three rebounds and two steals in the game. Allison Wable totaled 21 points, had 11 rebounds and two assists; Sophie Kinnard chipped in 12 points, had 11 rebounds, three steals and four assists; Sydney Reed, five points, eight rebounds and seven assists; Kyrsten Cline, one steal; Haleigh Smith, two rebounds; and Breanna Yeater, four rebounds.
The Lady Knights will look to add to the win column with games played on Jan. 10 at Parkersburg Catholic and this weekend at the Boggs' Roundball Classic tournament at Tyler Consolidated. Action begins on Jan. 12 with Tyler Consolidated, Frontier, John Marshall and Magnolia, The consolidation and championship games will be played on Saturday afternoon and evening.
On Jan. 7 the Lady Wildcats of Paden City traveled to Bellaire to do battle with St. John Central, taking the fall, 61-35.
Lady 'Cat Logan Cosper drilled three triples in the contest, while senior Amanda Heasley netted four ponts and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Lady 'Cats. Sam Shreves netted three points; Kayla Hizer and Lanah Stanley each scored twice.
After a game with Bishop Donahe on Jan. 10, the Lady 'Cats will travel to Beallsville on Jan. 13. On Jan. 14 the Green and White will play host to the Lady Irish of Bellaire St. John at 1 p.m.