Paden City Exits Tournament Play
Looking to move into the sectional finals at Magnolia High School on Thursday against St. Marys, the Wildcats found Morgantown Trinity Christian to be too much to handle and fell by 75-46 to the Warriors in the semifinal matchup on March 1. The defeat sent the Wildcats home packing and ended their season at 12-14.
The contest was never close from the beginning as Trinity quickly surged ahead 13-1 and by the end of the first period were up 21-7. They increased the lead to 39-13 at the half to put the game out of reach of what looked like a tired Paden City squad, who normally only plays six players. Using eight and nine players and putting pressure on the Wildcats offense, they outrebounded, caused turnovers, and got easy buckets to completely dominate the Cats.
Two Wildcat seniors, Luke Cooper with 17 points and Zach Yeater with 11, were the only double figure scorers for the Cats while Hayden Hizer finished with seven and Deven Price hit for six. Price also added six steals.
“They have a very talented basketball team,” Wildcats Coach Fred King said. “We couldn’t get our shots to fall early and they took advantage. It led to easy baskets on the other end.”
King had high praise for his outgoing seniors that he described as good kids who have done everything asked of them.
“I am really going to miss them,” he said.
Paden City also got three points from Aaron Heasley, and David Joy hit a pair of free throws. Trinity had four players finish in double figures with a combined total of 44 of their 75 points. The Warriors coach Jamel Womble said Paden City was a well disciplined team.
“Fred King does a tremendous job of maximizing his team’s talent; they’re a quality basketball club,” he said.
The Wildcats will work to rebuild their team for next year, but for now they will turn to the spring sports of baseball and track.