Lady Knights and Wildcats head to sectionals
West Virginia high school girls’ basketball teams will be seeking the high road towards Charleston this week as they completed their regular seasons and set their caps towards Sectionals and Regionals. Both the Lady Wildcats of Paden City and Lady Knights of Tyler Consolidated each can move forward in their respective classes, once they get by the first teams they face.
Paden City played host to Cameron on Feb. 17 for their last regularly scheduled game of the season. Pre-game ceremonies recognized the two senior players on the team, Joni Myers and Ashley Efaw, along with their parents.
The Lady Dragons had no trouble finding the basket in the first period, outscoring the home team, 24-10 to take a decisive lead in the contest. When all was said and done, the visitors took the win, 70-29. Twenty-two turnovers by the Green and White played a role in the loss, as did the team hitting only nine of 46 attempts at the basket.
Paden City’s Dominique Craft led her team in the scoring department with 16 points. She also pulled down five rebounds and was credited with three steals in the game. Megan Cutlip, chipped in six points, grabbed 10 boards and had five assists; Joni Myers added three points and had five rebounds; Amanda Heasley scored two points; and Logan Cosper tallied two points.
Going up against the Lady Golden Bears for the third time this season, the Lady Knights of Tyler Consolidated thought they had the edge on Feb. 17 at Newell, but a steady offensive effort by the Bears handed the Silver their 11th loss of the season.
“I can’t name one thing that cost us the game,” said Lady Knight head coach, Matt Kinnard. “I really can’t. We should have got this win, we just didn’t.”
The Lady Knights trailed by one, 8-7 after one period of play and by only six at the half. Even though they put forth a 24 point fourth quarter effort, it was too-little-too-late for the Silver Ladies to get the win, falling to the Bears, 49-45.
Senior Heather Suter scored 16 points to lead the Lady Knights in the game. She hauled in 13 rebounds and stole the ball twice. Sophie Kinnard added 14 points to the scoreboard, had six rebounds, three steals, and one assist; Sami Jones added six points and pulled down five rebounds; Torrye Cline totaled five points, had eight rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Keri Suter was credited with scoring four points, pulling in six rebounds, had one steal, and one assist; Lynsey Casteel, two rebounds; Maddi Schlabowski, one rebound.
The Lady Knights met up with Oak Glen one more time in Sectional competition on Tuesday, again at Oak Glen. (Sectional game results for either team were not available at press time.)