Paden City Girls Determined To Work Hard, Improve in 2016-17
PADEN CITY — The Wildcats are coming off a 5-18 record during the 2015- 2016 season and three-year head coach Alan Miller believes that this year will be a season of working hard, learning and improving for the Paden City girls’ team.
“I think that this year can be a learning process for our team,” Miller said. “We have good kids who work very hard. We are going to focus on the fundamentals and getting better with every game that we play.”
A key member of last year’s squad, center Darien Ritchie graduated in the spring and the Wildcats will need someone to fill her role.
Senior forward Chelsea Baker is looking to be that new leader the Wildcats are looking for. She will be a four-year letterwinner who scored 12 points per game a season ago and her leadership skills could be essential to the success of this year’s team.
“Chelsea (Baker) is a very hard worker,” Miller said. “She brings the energy every night and she is never afraid to say what needs to be said to help the team.”
She will be joined on the court by fellow senior Madaline Cox who is playing for the first time in her career but could be a key addition for the ‘Cats.
“Madaline (Cox) is working really hard,” Miller said. “She is a competitor who likes to rebound and box out. She is very aggressive.”
The lone junior on the 2016-2017 squad is forward Bree Henthorn but the sophomore class is deeper.
There are five sophomores coming out this year for Paden City led by guard Hannah Loy, who started as a freshman and tallied 12 points per game.
“Loy is a leader on this team,” Miller said. “She is always working hard in practice and everyone on the team looks up to her.
“With Baker and Loy both out there, we will be looking to get up and down the floor quickly with their speed.”
Other sophomores include center Alli Suter, guard Paige Leonard and forward Delaney Lantz, along with Ashlyn Mosses.
“Mosses started as a freshman for us and she is coming along great,” Miller said. “Suter and Lantz are both working really hard and Leonard is going to be a shooter. She is working on her form of shooting, learning to control the ball and getting better everyday.”
The two freshmen joining Miller’s squad this year are Abby Stachpole and Skylar Fulks.
“Abby (Stachpole) is fast and quick,” Miller said of the incoming freshman. “We are expecting her to see a lot of playing time this year for us.”
Miller will be joined on the bench with assistant coach Jamie Natali as they both look to help the Wildcats improve and get better as the season progresses.
Nov. 29: at Hundred7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30: Trinity Christian7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2: Valley7 p.m.
Dec. 5: Beallsville7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12: at Clay-Battelle7 p.m.
Dec. 17: at Tygarts Valley2 p.m.
Dec. 19: Hundred7 p.m.
Dec. 29: at Valley7:30 p.m.
Jan. 5: Wood County Christian7 p.m.
Jan. 9: at Beallsville7:30 p.m.
Jan. 12: at Trinity Christian7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14: WVHIT7:30 p.m.
Jan. 16: at South Harrison7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19: Clay-Battelle7 p.m.
Jan. 21: WVHIT7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27: WVHIT7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: Beallsville (at Magnolia)11:30 a.m.
Jan. 30: South Harrison7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3: WVHIT Finals7:30 p.m.
Feb. 6: OVAC7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9: OVAC7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13: at Wood County Christian7:30 p.m.