Wildcats Shut Down Meadow Bridge For WVHIT Championship
The Wildcats closed down Meadow Bridge with a 59-50 victory Saturday in the championship game of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament.
The game started out close with the Wildcats up by two – 8-6 – after one quarter. They then put 18 on the board to Meadow Bridge’s nine to up the lead 26 to 15 at the break. The tide turned in the other direction in the third as Meadow Bridge outscored the Cats 25-13 to take a one point lead into the final quarter. Paden City would not be denied however and found their touch to put the game away with a 23-13 fourth.
The Wildcats used a balanced scoring attack to overcome 11 three’s from Meadow Bridge to claim the Division II prize.
This was Paden City’s second win with the past two weeks over a team with same mascot, albeit different school colors – navy, white and Carolina blue. The last time the Cats pawed and brawled, Paden City walked away with a 46-42 victory.
St. Mary’s played Tygarts Valley for third place in Division II and came out on top 73-58.
Senior center Luke Cooper led Paden City with 17 markers including one three while, Aaron Heasley with 11, Hayden Hizer with 10 and Logan Carroll with 10 including two threes. Zach Yeater finished with eight and Deven Price had three to round out the Cats’ scoring. Heasley also grabbed nine rebounds and Hizer and Price combined for eight steals.
Cooper finished with seven rebounds and three blocked shots and was chosen as the tournament’s most valuable player.
Paden City Wins
Paden City got its eighth win of the season on Thursday by beating the Hundred Hornets 72-46 in an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Consolation game at the Wildcats’ Bob Burton Gym. The Cat’s took a first quarter lead as Cooper scored down low on his first touch. Price then quickly stole the ball and went in for an uncontested layup to give the Cat’s a 4-0 lead with 30 seconds off the clock. They continued to work the ball into Cooper for some easy buckets and after one quarter, the score stood at 19-10. The second quarter was more of the same as Paden City upped it’s lead to 37-19 at the half. Yeater nailed a couple three balls and scored on a nice drive to the bucket and Aaron Heasley hit a three, plus came up with some big rebounds.
The Wildcats came out for the third quarter fired up and outscored Hundred 24-6 for a 61-25 lead entering the last frame. Hundred’s Holden Moore scored 22 points and the hornets outscored the Cat’s 21- 11 in the last period, but it wasn’t enough as Paden City came out on top 72-46. Cooper scored a game high 31 points and hauled in 10 rebounds to lead the Cat’s while Yeater and Heasley split 28. Heasley also pulled down 10 boards. Price ended with six points and five steals and Carroll hit two baskets for four points. Rounding out the scoring for the Wildcats was Trey Slider, a freshman who hit a bucket and Hizer with a foul shot and seven assists.
Paden City traveled Feb. 8 to Charleston for a boys’ basketball matchup against the Man Hillbillies in the Little Generals Big House (Civic Center) Classic. Although the Hillbillies came away with a 21 point victory, the Wildcats were within 10 before turning the ball over three straight times near the end of the third quarter to fall behind by 16 and eventually wind up on the short end 57-36.
Paden City had trouble putting the ball in the bucket shooting just 27 percent from the floor including only four for 26 from behind the arc. Man outscored the Cat’s in every quarter to claim the win. Leading the Wildcats in scoring was Cooper with 14 while adding eight rebounds. Heasley hauled in 10 boards and scored eight points despite hitting just 3-16 from the floor while Yeater managed only two points hitting just one for nine. Hizer hit two buckets on eight attempts and went one for three from the foul line for five points.