The local girls' basketball teams will find themselves busier than ever in the next month and half, striving to get in practices and regular scheduled games amidst snow days and cancellations due to weather conditions. With any luck, the Lady Knights and Wildcats will see little change in their schedules and will have all the preparation time they need for the upcoming post-season.
In one of their closest contests of the season, the Lady Knights went at Parkersburg Catholic in Parkersburg with everything they had, just barely coming out on the short end of the score, falling 48-45 to their hosts.
Senior Allison Wable paced the Silver with 11 points, one assist, one rebound, one steal and a block; Torrye Cline added 10 points, four assists, four rebounds, one steal and two blocks; Sydney Reed, six points, two assists, five rebounds, one block; Sophie Kinnard, 10 points, four assists, six rebounds, two steals, three blocks; Megan Carpenter, four points, two assists, six rebounds; Hilary Casteel contributed four points, one assist, six rebounds, three steals.
The Lady Knights will play at Ravenswood on Jan. 3, followed by a trip to Doddridge on Jan. 7 for a game with the Lady Bulldogs.
The Silver and Black will then take part in the Boggs Family Pizza and Grill, Roundball Classic Basketball Tournament at home Jan. 10-12.
The tournament will begin on Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. with the first game between Frontier and Wirt County The second game will see the Lady Knights face off with Magnolia.
Consolation games will begin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 12 with the girls contest first, followed by the girls championship game scheduled for 3 p.m.
Four Paden City players scored in double figures, with two earning double-doubles to lead the Lady Wildcats to a 63-54 victory over the Valley Lumberjills in Pine Grove Dec. 28.
Logan and Taylor Cosper kept the Lady Wildcats in the opening period, scoring 14 of the 'Cats' 20 points scored, while the host Lumberjills swished 7-10 shots to pull to within one point heading into the second period.
The Lady 'Cats started to pull away in the second period led by the scoring of Lynnsie Pasons with six points and Logan Cosper's deuce and triple to head into the locker room on top, 37-30.
The Jills came out after the half on fire, scoring 19 points, while their defense held Paden City to 10 markers.
Six different Lady Wildcats put up 16 points, while their defense held the 'Jills to only five tallies to garner the win. Cydney Blatt paced the 'Cats with six points, while Myah Charkawi tallied a deuce and a charity toss. Parsons, Logan and Taylor Cosper each netted two points and Kayla Barker swished a free throw for the visitors.
Logan Cosper scored a game-high 18 points, while Parsons followed closely with a season-high 16 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Parsons also contributed a game-high six assists and made three steals. Also earning her first double-double of the season was Blatt with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Taylor Cosper delivered 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and making two steals.
Charkawi grabbed 10 rebounds and scored eight points; Barker hit one free throw.
Both teams scored 24 goals, with Valley netting three baskets from long range, to only one for Paden City. However, the 'Cats tallied 13-18 free throws, while the 'Jills netted 3-4 that proved to be the difference.
Paden City will open 2013 with a home game against East Richland on Jan. 4, at 6 p.m., while the 'Jills will travel to Harman on Jan. 5 at 3 p.m.