Boys high school basketball teams in West Virginia are getting the last few games of the regular season in this week, and will begin Sectional play next week. Locally, both the Wildcats of Paden City and Silver Knights of Tyler Consolidated have all but finished the 2011/12 season and are looking toward post season.
The Wildcats have plodded through a very difficult season, but continue to put their best effort on the court at every outing, amassing a win/loss record of 5-14 at this juncture.
On Feb. 7 the team welcomed the Cameron Dragons to Bob Burton Gymnasium, but hit the locker rooms with the loss, 76-45, when the lights went out.
Cameron jumped out to a quick and determined lead in the opening minutes, finishing the first period of play way out front, 32-9. Though they held their opponents closer in the next three stanza's, the 'Cats were unable to overcome the huge lead, and took the loss on the chin.
Freshman Wildcat, Kennedy Cain topped the charts for scoring for the 'Cats with 13 points. He also recorded two rebounds, one blocked shot, and one steal; Kane Pyles scored eight points, had two rebounds, one block, and one steal; Zach Heasley, seven points, three rebounds, one block, three assists; Craig Allen, six points, three rebounds, one assist; Geoffrey Bidwell, four points, two rebounds, one blocked shot, one steal; Jamie Billiter, four points, four rebounds; Brandon Cross, two points, two rebounds; and Drew Bidwell contributed one point, one rebound and had three assists.
The Green and White traveled to Summersville on Feb. 10 to take part in the finals of the Hometown Invitational Tournament. Though they took the loss to opponents Meadow Bridge, 58-26, the 'Cats brought home the runner up trophy in their division as well as the Sportsmanship award for the tournament.
It was the first period of play yet again giving Paden City fits, as they were only able to get three points on the scoreboard while allowing Meadow Bridge to score 19. The Green were only able to break out of single digits in the last quarter of play when they totaled 12 points.
Cain was again the top scorer, adding 13 to overall total and earning the team MVP award for the tournament while he was at it. Cain also pulled down 11 boards, and had one block.
Heasley chipped in four points, grabbed one rebound, and one steal; Drew Bidwell totaled three points, had three rebounds, one steal, and two assists; Cross, two points, four rebounds, one assist; Allen, two points, one rebounds, one steal; Geoffrey Bidwell, two points, one rebound, two steal, one assist; and senior Jamie Billiter pulled down six rebounds, stole the ball twice and was credited with one assist.
The Wildcats will host Wheeling Central at Bob Burton Gymnasium at 7 p.m. in the second round of OVAC play.
The road to collect wins has been a difficult for several Ohio Valley teams, including the Consolidated Silver Knights who dropped two-of-two contests last week.
On Feb. 7 the team played at Ritchie County, falling to the 7-10 Rebles, 69-41.
The home team took the edge from the get-go, going up on the Knights 22-10 after one period of play. Playing a decidedly better defensive second quarter, the Knights trailed by 18 points going into the half, and the deficit turned out to be to much, as the Silver wound up with the loss, 69-41.
Senior Evan Cline was to go-to man for Consolidated, leading the point getters with 11. Cline was also credited with two rebounds, one assist and one steal. Darren Heintzman and Dylan Reynolds each put 10 points on the Knight side of the scoreboard. Heintzman had nine rebounds and blocked a shot while Reynolds pulled down three rebounds, had one assist and three steals. Dylan Romine added seven points, had three rebounds, one assist; Isiah Casenelli, two points; Brandon Frey, one point; Cole Kocher, two assists, one steal; Alex Doak, one rebound; Chase Cornell, one assist, one steal; and Dalton Wells had four rebounds.
At Wheeling Central Catholic on Feb. 9, the Silver bowed to the Maroon to give them their second win of the season, 63-53.
Both teams of Knights, the Maroon and the Silver, matched up well in the contest. At the end of the first period, Consolidated found themselves down by six points, 15-9, but put together a better second half.
Sophomore Dylan Romine led all Knight scorers with 23 points for the game. He was also credited with six rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot. Heintzman double-doubled on the day with 13 points, 16 rebounds. He also had one assist and one steal. Cline scored 10 points, had seven rebounds, one assist and two steals; Reynolds, seven points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals; Cornell, two rebounds, one steal; Kocher, three rebounds, three assists, two steals; and Wells, one rebound.
The Knights will play their last home game of the season on Feb. 20 when they play host to the Weir Red Riders.