Wildcats drop games to Eagles and Bishops
Starting out the season on fire, the Paden City Wildcat varsity basketball team has stumbled a time or two here in the past couple of weeks, but still have plenty of time to recoup before post-season play.
The Wildcats dropped a heart breaker to Bishop Donahue on Jan. 8, 64-53. After a sluggish start, the Green and White found their legs and started hitting shots from every angle putting together a nice comeback in the second half, but it was too-little-too-late to catch up to the Bishops.
Senior Kennedy Cain led the point getters for Paden City in the game with 16. He also brought down six rebounds, had two steals and was credited with four assists. Senior Zach Heasley scored 13 points had three rebounds, one block, two steals, and two assists; Craig Allen, 10 points, two rebounds, one steal, two assists; Luke Cooper, eight points, two rebounds, one steal, two assists; Hayden Hizer, six points, four rebounds, two blocks, two steals, eight assists; Deven Price stole the ball twice; and Brandon Cross had two rebounds in the contest.
Paden City played host to Magnolia on Jan. 9 in front of a capacity crowd at Bob Burton Gymnasium. Hoping to continue the excitement with a rematch of last years contest between the two teams, both came ready to play.
Magnolia took little time in lighting up the scoreboard, while missed easy shots that should have fell, plagued the ‘Cats early on.
By halftime, the Blue Eagles led the game by 10, 29-19. Though the ‘Cats had a better second half, once again, it was too-little-too-late to play catch-up with their opponent. Magnolia took the win, 75-55.
“The early minutes and missed easy shots really cost us in this game,” said head coach of the Wildcats, Fred King. “We missed’em and they made’em.”
With the coverage on Cain doubled throughout the game, Luke Cooper stepped up to lead all Paden City scorers in the contest. Cooper put 17 points on the scoreboard, brought down 11 rebounds and was credited with three blocks. Heasley added his own 15 points, had eight boards and two blocks.
Cain was held to a rare eight points, had seven rebounds, a steal and four assists; Allen, six points, one assist; Hizer, six points, three rebounds, one block, three steals and five assists; freshman Aaron Heasley scored three points and had three rebounds; Price, one steal; and Cross had one rebound and two steals.
The Wildcats will play again on Jan. 16 when they host Bishop Donahue; and on Jan. 20 the team will host Beallsville.
On Jan. 23, Paden City will host the first round of the WV Hometown Invitational Tournament at 6 p.m.