Wildcats Cross a Bridge, Attack Eagles, Defeat a Storm and Meet Madonna
Paden City wins over Meadow Bridge
Paden City scored hoop dream success against Meadow Bridge and Mt. Storm, but also endured a nightmare in a recent matchup against Magnolia.
The Wildcats made the long trip to Meadow Bridge Saturday for an afternoon matchup as part of the sixth annual West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament (WVHIT). The Wildcats improved to 7-10 on the season with a 46-42 win over a 9-3 record Meadow Bridge team. The Wildcats went ahead 12-7 after one and at the half were up 18-11. Meadow Bridge closed the gap in the second half, but the Wildcats held on for the win.
Senior guard Zach Yeater led the way for the Cat’s with a game high 13 points including three from beyond the arc. Backing him in the scoring department was Aaron Heasley with eight including two three’s, Deven Price with eight and Hayden Hizer with eight points, six boards, four assists and six steals. Price also had two steals and Logan Carroll hit a three ball.
Wildats fall to Blue Eagles
A day earlier, the Wildcats fell flat Friday by a score of 77-44 against a Magnolia team led by a teen close to being Wetzel County’s all-time leading scorer.
Paden City jumped out to a two-point lead on a basket by Luke Cooper and from there on out it was all Magnolia as they rattled off 18 straight points to go ahead 18-4 at the end of one on Friday at the Cats’s backyard. The Wildcats had trouble getting shots to fall and the Blue Eagles scored the first eight points of the end before Yeater hit a long three. By that time the Eagles were up by 33-7 and at the break it was 37-13.
After scoring the first two points of the game, Cooper had a tough time getting his shot to fall and Magnolia’s inside game along with Preston Boswell scoring at will gave them the margin they needed to coast to the win.
Magnolia grabbed a 26-20 edge off the glass and turned the ball over just five times, all in the third quarter, while Paden City had 14 miscues.
“I think Magnolia came down here and gave us some respect, but combine that mindset with our turnovers and not making shots early and that is the result you are going to get,” Wildcats’ Coach Fred King said. “They have a very nice basketball team an their kids do so much and work so well together. We have a certain framework that we usually play around that just took it away from us (Friday). But early on, we kind of did what we wanted to do in getting the ball inside, the shots just weren’t falling. And our three-point shooters had some good looks in the first half also, but again they couldn’t get the shots to go down.”
Paden City had trouble handling the basketball and ended with 11 turnovers while being outrebounded 28-19. The Wildcats shot just 34 percent on the night hitting 16-47 from the floor with 10 coming from three point range.
Heasley hit for a game high 17 points including four three’s to lead the Cats. Yeater pumped in 15 points all from beyond the arc. Cooper finished with 10 markers and 7 rebounds. Price was the only other scorer for Paden City as he had two.
While Boswell was Magnolia’s only double-figure scorer, Derrick Blain had eight and Kyle Ritz chipped in with seven. Boswell connected 15 of his 20 shots in the game was a perfect 5 of 5 from the charity stripe. Boswell ended the night with a game high 38 points to pull him to within 24 points of being the all-time scoring leader in Wetzel County history.
“Preston did a good job distributing the ball all game and even though he scored 38 points, it was a quiet 38,” Blue Eagles’ Coach Dave Tallman said.
Wildcats Bests Union in WVHIT DIVISION 2 Game
Paden City made the trip to Mount Storm Feb. 1 to take on 11-4 Union in a WVHIT Division 2 basketball game. The Wildcats were coming off a 56-49 defeat to Monroe Central Ohio Jan. 30 from the New Martinsville Rotary Challenge.
That loss did nothing to dampen their spirits as they went onto destroy the Union by a score of 62-52.
Heasley pumped in 25 points and hauled in seven rebounds, with fifteen of his points fired from the beyond the three point line.
The Cat’s also got 16 points and four boards from Cooper and 11 from Hizer, who also had four rebounds and four assists. Paden City had the hot hand hitting 40 percent from the floor while making 17 of 21 from the free throw line to advance in the tournament. Nate Evans led Union with 19 markers.
Madonna not kind to ‘Cats
Wildcats fell 58 to 41 against Madonna Feb. 2 in Paden City. Hizer, who nailed four three-point baskets, was the leading scorer with 14 points – a field goal percentage of 63 percent. Close on Hizer’s heels was Cooper with 12 points and 31 field goal percentage. Rounding out the rest of the roster, Yeater scored 6 points while Heasley scored three points followed by Seth Bohrer, Pierce and Carroll with two points each.
Tracy Watson contributed to this report.