The holiday season will give local boys basketball teams a slight break, but it's back to the hardwoods to take on the meat of their schedules after that.
The Wildcats of Paden City took on the Yellow Jackets of Williamstown on Dec. 17 in a home game, with the Green and White coming up just short of the win, 65-51.
The two teams played to a 27-26 half-time score, when the Jackets took advantage of a lull in the game to go ahead by about 10 in the third in the win.
Junior Kennedy Cain led the way for Paden City with 21 points on the scoreboard. He also brought down four rebounds and was credited with one block. Luke Cooper scored 12 points, had five rebounds, a steal and two blocks; Craig Allen, 10 points, two assists; Zach Heasley, five points, three rebounds, four assists; and Hayden Hizer added three points, had two rebounds, eight assists and one steal.
The 'Cats fell to a nice Belpre team at the Alexander Hoops Tournament in Marietta on Dec. 21, 61-51. Cain led the Green and White scorers with 21 points and seven rebounds. Heasley scored 18 and hauled in nine rebounds; Allen scored 10 points.
Paden City will travel to Valley on Dec. 27 and to St. John Central on Jan. 3.
The Silver Knights had a rough outing at home on Dec. 17 as they played host the St. Marys Blue Devils, taking the fall in a big way, 71-33.
Held to only four points in the first period of play and five in the last stanza, the Knights found it difficult to overcome the Devils net defense and sharpshooting skills.
Senior Dylan Reynolds led all Knight scorers in the game with eight. He also had two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Austin Thompson chipped in six points, plus three rebounds; Swen Scheidemantel had three points, seven rebounds, one assist and a steal; Jace Reed, three points, four rebounds; Nathan Heintzman, three points, one steal; Blake Carpenter, three points and a steal; Chase Cornell, two points, one rebound; Ryan Dalrymple, two points, two rebounds, one steal; Skyler Leasure, two points, one rebound; Noah Garrison, one point; Kole Kocher, one rebound, two assists, a steal and a block; Kordell Stewart, two rebounds; Josh Smith, two rebounds, one assist; and Kyle Frum, one rebound.
The Knights hosted Doddridge on Dec. 21 at Tyler Consolidated, achieving their second win of the season with the 58-56 win. In the win, freshman Jace Reed wowed the crowd on hand with six three-pointers in the second half of the winning effort. Heintzman added 16 points and Reynolds, 10.
The Silver Knights are scheduled to play again on Dec. 27 at Magnolia. On Jan. 3 the Knights will travel to Williamstown.