CLARKSBURG -- Paden City's and Union's boys' teams locked horns Friday in the WVHIT Division 11 Championship at Robert C. Byrd High School. The Wildcats, who earned the berth in the championship game with a win over Meadow Bridge, last week were looking for a repeat win over Union, a team they had edged out 56-52 a couple weeks ago at home.
The Wildcats fell behind by four in the first quarter. At the half, there was only a five point lead for the Tigers. However, Paden City had a big third quarter and went up by seven 38-31 heading down the stretch. Union took control in the fourth and held Paden City to seven points while putting up 22 of its own for a 53-45 win to claim the championship and take home the title.
Paden City was led by Aaron Heasley with 15 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers had three players in double digits led by Clayton Burdak, who claimed game scoring honors with 19. Also scoring for the Tigers was Trenton Reed with 14 and Colton Reed with 10. The Wildcats received eight points from Seth Bohrer and Hayden Hizer while E.J. Weber pumped in seven as did Matt Saxon.
The Wildcats, who were plagued by poor shooting (34 percent) and turnover (18), fell to 9-11 on the season while Union improved to 12-9 . Heasley has three 3s in the contest while Saxon added one.
Shorthanded Wildcats Stung by Cee Bees
Heasley recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds on Feb. 6, but it wasn't enough as Clay-Battelle hammered the Wildcats 57-35 at Blacksville. The Wildcats edged out a victory against the Cee Bees last month at home, but they were playing short handed on Tuesday as point guard Hizer never suited up due to illness.
Paden City still managed to stay close in the first quarter 18-14, but fell behind by 12 at the half 33-21 and never recovered as they could only produce 14 second half points. Bohrer and Marcus Allen each hit for eight points to back heasley and Trey Slider recorded six on two three's. Saxon scored three to round out the Wildcats' scoring.
The Wildcats only hit 10-36 shots from the field for 28 percent shooting while going 11-17 from the free throw line. The Wildcats won the JV game 40-17 with Ethan Cross hitting 16 points in the win.