Girls basketball programs hit mid-season
Though it is only the third week of January in the new year, West Virginia High School girls basketball teams have hit the mid-point of their seasons, with Sectionals looming on Feb. 21. Both the Tyler Consolidated and Paden City programs continue to battle, grow and learn and hope to end the season fundamentally better than when they started.
Still working on solidifying their roles on the team, the Lady Knight varsity basketball team hosted two contests last week, coming out on the short end of the score both times. The Silver and Black are now past the mid point of their season with less than 10 games left to play in the season.
Hosting the Lady Tigers of Wirt County on Jan. 7, the Lady Knights gave a very good effort, but were unable to hold out in the last few minutes to get their second win of the season. Wirt County took the win, 48-42.
The Silver held their own in the first period, answering every Lady Tiger bucket with one of their own, only trailing by two at the end of the first, 14-12. The Tigers managed to sneak another two point lead by half time, 24-20.
By games’ end, though they put forth an excellent effort, Tyler Consolidated came out on the short end of the score, 48-42.
Sophomore Kylie Martin led the way for the Silver, putting up 14 points on the scoreboard. She also brought down two rebounds and had a steal. Amanda Reynolds totaled 12 points in the game, had two rebounds, one assist and a steal; Vanessa Templeton, 10 points, 11 rebounds, one assist.
Madison West scored four points, two rebounds, one assist and a steal; Ariel Fish, two points, 10 rebounds, one assist and a steal; Aleah Black, three rebounds, one steal, one block; Hannah Casteel, two rebounds, one steal; and Sydney Yoho was credited with seven rebounds and a steal.
On Jan. 9 at Tyler Consolidated, the Lady Knights took on the 2014 runners up to the State Champions, St. Marys Blue Devils. The Lady Devils brought their A game to the Keep, defeating the home team, 70-54.
Sophomore Vanessa Templeton double/doubled on the night for Tyler Consolidated, scoring 20 points and pulling down 14 boards. Reynolds scored 14 points, had two rebounds, one assist and three steals in the game; West, four points, three rebounds, two assists; Yoho, four points, three rebounds, one assist; Fish, three points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal; Martin, three points, three rebounds, two assists; Black, two points, one rebound; Breanna Yeater, two points, two rebounds; and Hannah Casteel brought down four rebounds.
The Lady Knights will see action this week on Jan. 13 at Parkersburg Catholic. On Jan. 15 and 17, the team will compete in the Boggs Classic basketball tournament at home. On Jan. 22 the Ladies in Silver and Black will host River at home and on Jan. 26, Paden City will be at Tyler Consolidated.
Despite the recent inclement weather, the Paden City Lady Wildcats have managed to get a few ball games in, including a win over Beallsville last week.
On Jan. 8, the Green and White played host to the Lady Blue Devils of Beallsville, taking the win by 41-37 score.
Senior Kayla Hizer led all Wildcat scorers in the game with 13 points. Cydney Blatt added nine Wildcat points and Hannah Stanley and Audrey Neff put up seven points apiece.
On Jan. 10 at Bob Burton Gymnasium, the Lady Wildcats hosted the opening round of the WV “Hometown Invitational Tournament”, falling to the Valley Lumberjills, 58-32.
Stanley led all Wildcat scorers in the game, contributing 10 points to the overall score. Neff scored eight; Hizer, five points; Darien Ritchie, five points; Blatt, two points; and Malayna Price added two.
Paden City is scheduled to host Wood County Christian on Jan. 15. The team will travel to Bishop Donahue on Jan. 19 at to Clay Battelle on Jan. 22.