Tyler Consolidated and Paden City High School's girls basketball teams traveled to Doddridge County on Saturday to compete against each other in the Region I, Section II tournament. The two teams had already faced each other twice in the regular season with the Lady Knights coming out on top in both contests. With everything on the line, the winner of this game would continue in post-season play, while a loss would end the season of the other.
From the get-go, the Consolidated team honed in on the basket and by the end of the first period of play, led the 'Cats 27-13. More of the same in the second stanza had the Silver and Black up by 30 at the half, 49-19.
Paden City came out of the locker room ready to rock in the third period, outscoring their Tyler County opponents 15-8, and tried to hold on in the fourth, but it was too-little-too-late as the Lady Knights secured the win, 68-40.
Allison Wable - Cydney Blatt
The Lady Knights were led by junior Sophie Kinnard at the net with 24 points. Torrye Cline and Sydney Reed each added 14 points to the mix, followed by Allison Wable with eight; Megan Carpenter, three; Hillary Casteel, two; Spencer, two; and Ariel Fish, one.
Myah Charkawi led the Green and White in the scoring department with 14. She also brought down six rebounds, had two steals and an assist. Logan Cosper added 12 points to the Paden City side of the scoreboard, stole the ball four times and had three assists; Hannah Stanley added seven points; Kelsey Loy, four points, five rebounds; Cydney Blatt, two points, eight rebounds, five steals; Lynnsie Parsons, one point, four rebounds.
The Lady Wildcats wound up their season play last week with a loss to Buffalo Putnam in the Hometown Invitational Tournament. Though the team fell to their opponents 80-43, they gained a second place finish in the tournament.
Sisters Taylor and Logan Cosper led all scorers for the 'Cats in the game with 10 and nine points each. Charkawi added seven points, had 10 rebounds and five steals; Hannah Stanley scored six points, and had three rebounds; Lynnsie Parsons, four points, five rebounds, two assists; Cydney Blatt, two points, 11 rebounds, one blocked shot and one assist; Kelsey Loy, two points, five rebounds; Lynah Stanley, two points, eight rebounds, one blocked shot; Kayla Barker, one point, one steal, one assist; Chelsea Dennis, three rebounds; and Kayla Hizer was credited with one rebound and a blocked shot.
"We've accomplished a lot this season," said Wildcat head coach, Kelly Sine. "Our girls got better as the season continued. They've had fun, and that's what we wanted for them. They had fun at practice, at games, that's what it's all about."
"Nine wins may not be a lot to some people, but it's a whole lot to us. I'm so very proud of all of them. I can't say enough about the dedication of our seniors. They've done everything we've asked of them and more. They will truly be missed next year."
Like every other coach in the world, Sine said he hopes the members of next year's team puts in some work in the off season.
"Of course we want them to work in the off season, that's the only way we're going to get better, and I think they will. They want to do well."
The Region I, Section II girls basketball tournament continued on Tuesday with Tyler Consolidated facing off with St. Marys. The winner of the game will go on to the championship game on Friday.