Wildcats Hang Tough With Bishop Donahue
PADEN CITY — Visiting Bishop Donahue found the going a little tougher than expected on Jan. 3 at Bob Burton Gym as the game Wildcats took an early lead and never lost it until late in the third period.
From there, it was back and forth the rest of the contest and with 16 seconds on the clock the score stood at 71-69. The Bishops had the ball out and the Cat’s were looking to trap and get a steal but Donahue found a man wide open under the basket and had a four point lead with seven seconds to go.
Paden City’s Haden Hizer who was on his game all night got a shot off with two seconds to play but it fell short and the Bishops escaped with the win.
Paden City opened the scoring on a foul shot by Aaron Heasley and then got a three from Hizer to take a quick 4-0 lead the Bishops answered right back with a bucket to make it 4-2 Wildcat sophomore Matt Saxon buried a three and from there the Wildcats finished the quarter on a high note 20-16.
The second quarter found Paden City still in control as Hizer buried three 3-balls but the Bishops hung tough behind the play of Taylor Straughn and Koltin Kleechwho finished with 24 points and 20 respectively. The half ended with the Wildcats on top by three 33-30.
“We executed the game plan very well tonight and we got good play from everyone. We shot the ball well and broke their press without to many turnovers but in the end, they kind of wore us down a little with their size and experience,” Coach Fred King said. “I am very proud of these kids because they are up against the odds. We start three sophomores, who have had limited varsity experience, but tonight they all showed up to play. One of our seniors is nursing a deep thigh bruise and our sophomore guard had the flu yet we managed to play with one of the better Class A teams. You never like to lose, but tonight these kids have nothing to be ashamed of.”
Paden City however showed no effects of the injury or flu bug as Hizer ended with 23 points going 7-8 from three point land and ended with four assists and two steals while handling the ball most of the game. Saxon ended the night on a high note as he chipped in with 13 points, six assists and five rebounds. Heasley the teams leading scorer averaging 27 markers per game finished the night with 21 points while adding six rebounds and five assists. Garrett Cross and Trey Slider each finished with five points while Slider also grabbed four rebounds and helped break the press. Seth Bohrer added a bucket to round out the Cat;s scoring.
As a team Paden City hit 13 threes and went 21-35 from the floor while finishing with 19 assists and 16 rebounds. The Wildcats fell in the JV game 46-20 while being led by Garrett Cross with seven and Bryant McKay with five.