Bishops Put Wildcats in Check
MCMECHEN — After taking Bishop Donahue to the wire just a week ago in Paden City, the Wildcats’ boys’ basketball team ran into a buzz saw on Friday night as the Bishops cut down nearly every attempt they had at staying in the game.
Forcing turnovers was the name of the game in the first period as Paden City fell prey to the Bishops’ press and gave the ball up 10 times including their first three possessions.
Donahue took a 22-11 first quarter advantage and turned it in to a 21 point 74-53 victory raising their record to 8-2 on the season while the Wildcats fell to 3-8.
Despite the pressure defense, Paden City’s Aaron Heasley, who averages 28 points per game, finished with 27 to tie Donahue’s Taylor Straughn for game scoring honors. Heasley hit a game high – six three-pointers and gathered in nine rebounds.
“The team we played is a very good basketball team,” Wildcats’ Coach Fred King said. “They are talented at every position. We played hard and as well as we could, but we had no answer for them tonight. They respected what we did on our home floor and put together a plan and it worked. They are not state-ranked and 8-2 for nothing. It was not because of us, but it’s what they did that made it happen.”
In the previous game, Hayden Hizer had 23 points and seven three’s, but on Friday the Bishops held him to eight points – one three-point bucket plus five points.
Speaking of Hizer, Donahue’s Coach Wise said, “He is a good player and he is going to get some shots, but we had to take that away and I am really happy with what we did defensively.”
Heasley, who has worked hard to improve his game, continued his scoring antics and is showing why he is one of the better players in the Ohio Valley. He was backed in the scoring department by Garrett Cross with eight points and six rebounds. Hizer ended with nine assists and two steals on the night and Matt Saxon scored five while Trey Slider and Marcus Allen each added four. Slider also hit a three and added three rebounds.
The Wildcats shot 54 percent in the game, but were only 5-10 from the line, while Donahue hit 6-7 and forced the Wildcats into 21 turnovers. Donahue also won the JV game 56-38. Slider led the Wildcats in the JV game with eight points.
Wildcats 62 Beallsville 28
Paden City took advantage of some quick buckets by senior ace Heasley en route to a 62-28 thrashing of Beallsville on the Wildcats’ home court Jan. 10. Heasley got the opening tip and then spotted up in the corner for a three ball that hit nothing but net and from there it was all down hill for the Blue Devils.
The Wildcats rushed out to a 12-3 first quarter lead and never looked back as they used ten players throughout the remainder of the game. Leading 33-15 at halftime, Paden City went with its first five to start the second half and Heasley went right to work scoring 14 third quarter points to end up with a game and career high 34, while playing a little over two periods. He also had a game high 14 rebounds and two blocked shots .
Adding to the Wildcats total was senior guard Hizer with six points and nine rebounds while E.J. Webber also hit for six points and grabbed six boards.
Slider added five markers with six rebounds and Saxon scored three points and had six assists while Garrett Cross added a pair of buckets. Ryan Cross hit a basket for two and Seth Bohrer went 1-2 from the free throw line.
“We were able to score often tonight and we were able to get all the kids some quality playing time. Beallsville has some good athletes, but they are down a little this season. We try and show respect for the opposition and it gives our younger kids a chance to show what they can do while giving them the experience of varsity playing time,” King said. “Heasley had a big game and hit for a career high in three quarters of play. I’m very proud of the way he has matured as a basketball player and all around athlete.”