Wildcats Shine on the Hardwood During Senior Night
PADEN CITY — Aaron Heasley and Hayden Hizer made their last game at Bob Burton gymnasium one to remember as they led the Wildcats to a huge OVAC consolation win over Frontier on Friday night.
Spearheaded by Heasley’s 27 points and 11 rebounds and Hizer’s seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and one block, the Wildcats took it to the much larger Cougars and came away with a 12-point win.
Frontier scored the first basket on a short jumper, but the Wildcats’ Heasley answered back with a deep three that hit nothing but net to put his team up 3-2. Both teams then traded baskets before Paden City jumped ahead by a bucket from Heasley to give Paden City a three point lead, 7-4, after one quarter.
Both teams battled even in the second period with Frontier gaining one point, 16-15, sending the Wildcats into the locker room up two, 22-20. The third quarter, however, belonged to the Wildcats as they put 16 on the scoreboard to the Cougars 10. The fourth quarter also belonged to Paden City, 14-10, for a final score of 52-40.
Paden City knocked in 11 threes out of their 14 field goals and hit 13-15 foul shots compared to seven three’s of 14 field goals and 5-7 foul tries by the Cougars.
Matt Saxon backed Heasley and Hizer as he collected 12 points, six assists and three steals. Anthony Newman and Trey Slider each added a three ball while Newman collared seven boards. The win upped the Wildcats record to 10-12 on the season with sectional play to start this week.
“We got a great game from our senior leaders tonight.
“This was a very physical game and we got knocked around a little, but we made them pay at the foul line. We used our quickness and defense to take away their inside game, force them outside and our kids all switched well. We blocked out and rebounded well to limit their shots. Our younger kids who I will be counting on next year, gave us a big lift with some clutch shooting and grabbing a lot of loose ball,” Coach Fred King said. “I am pleased with where we are at this time. Hopefully, we can build on this game and carry it over into the sectionals.”
In other Paden City hoops’ news, the Wildcats fell prey to the Caldwell Redskins on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in an OVAC consolation game in Caldwell.
The Wildcats who dropped to 9-12 on the season were led by the games leading scorer Heasley who knocked in 29 points but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Redskins who got 25 from Clark Jennings and 17 from Logan Heller.
Paden City was hurt by turnovers (14) and poor shooting percentage – 32 percent. Heasley, who went 7-7 from the line, also knocked down four three’s. Providing scoring help for Paden City was senior point guard Hizer with 12 including a three. Slider with two points was the only other scorer for the Wildcats.