Wildcats and Knights pocket wins
Both local high school varsity basketball teams earned wins over opponents last week, giving each something positive to build on for the post season in a few weeks. The Paden City Wildcats secured the win over Beallsville and Valley, while Tyler Consolidated’s Silver Knights handed Clay-Battelle the loss for the second time this season.
The Wildcats secured two wins in three games last week, upping their season record to five wins at this point. Playing some exciting basketball here near the end of the season, Paden City continues to challenge every opponent they play.
On Jan. 20 the ‘Cats played host to Beallsville, sending the Blue Devils home with the 89-53 loss. Fred King’s charges had four players in double digits for the game with seniors Zach Heasley and Kennedy Cain contributing 27 and 22 points apiece and Luke Cooper and Hayden Hizer adding 19 and 13 respectively.
Paden City took a determined lead in the first period of play, dominating the Blue, 27-10 by the end of eight minutes. Though the Devils attempted a comeback in the second, the ‘Cats put together nice third and fourth periods to take the easy win, 89-53.
Heasley had a nice game, leading all scorers in the game with 27 points. He also brought down six boards and had two assists; Cain was on his game with 22 points in the win. He also hauled in nine rebounds had seven assists, a steal, and one block; Cooper scored 19 points, had one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block; Hizer contributed 13 points had eight rebounds, nine assists, and two steals; Aaron Heasley, five points, eight rebounds, nine assists, two steals; Brandon Cross, two points, two rebounds; Craig Allen, one point, two rebounds, three assists; and Deven Price brought down two rebounds and was credited with three assists.
In the first round of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament, the Wildcats hosted the Valley Lumberjacks at Bob Burton Gymnasium on Jan. 23.
It did not take the Green and White long to control this game either, as Cain and Heasley teamed up for 41 points to pocket the 69-45 win over their cross county rivals.
From the get-go, the ‘Cats’ shots fell in place giving them the 36-26 lead at half-time. In the second half, the Jacks put together a nice third period, but were dominated by Paden City in the fourth in order to give the the home team the win.
Paden City was led by Cain who scored 21 points, had 13 rebounds, two steals, and two assists; Heasley had 20 points, nine rebounds, one block, two steals, four assists; Cooper, 15 points, 15 rebounds, four steals; Allen, six points, three rebounds, three assists; Cross, four points; Hizer, three points, two rebounds, four steals, eight assists; and Price had one rebound, two steals and four assists in the game.
Participating in the Rotary Challenge games in New Martinsville on Jan. 24, the Wildcats faced off with an impressive Monroe Central team. The Maroon Knights outscored the ‘Cats in the second half to edge out the Green in the 10-point win, 70-60.
Pretty evenly matched and answering score for score, the two teams played to an exciting 30-30 tie at the half. The Knights posted 16 points in the final stanza to lengthen their lead and finally take the win.
Cain put 19 points up on the Wildcat side of the scoreboard and had six rebounds. He also had one steal and three assists. Cooper added 15 points had five rebounds, three blocks, one steal, three assists; Heasley, 12 points, eight rebounds, one block, one steal, two assists; Allen, six points; Hizer, five points, three rebounds, one steal, six assists; and Cross contributed three points brought down four rebounds, and blocked the ball twice.
The two wins last week put Paden City’s win/loss record at 5-6 on the season thus far.
The team is scheduled to play at Linsly on Jan. 29 and host the second round of the WVHIT on Friday.
Tyler Consolidated’s Silver Knight basketball team secured their second win of the season last week with a nice win over the Cee-Bee’s of Clay-Battelle.
On Jan. 20, the Silver put together three good periods of basketball to take the win, 46-35. The Knights scored 13 points in both the first and second quarters to take the 26-22 lead at the half. Consolidated turned up the defense in the second half, holding Clay-Battelle to single digits in both the third and fourth periods.
Leading the way on the scoreboard for the Silver was freshman Dylan Roberts who totaled 12 points, three rebounds, and three steals. Tyler Anderson chipped in seven points, had seven rebounds, one assist, and four steals. Josh Peck had seven points, three rebounds, one assist; Trent Smith, six points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal; Jace Reed, five points, seven rebounds, six assists; Blake Carpenter, three points, five rebounds, one assist; Daron Weekley, three points, three rebounds, one assist, three steals; Austin Thompson, two points, four rebounds, and a block; and senior Josh Smith scored one point, had one rebound and one block.
Playing at home on Jan. 23, the Silver Knights hosted the defensively strong Williamstown Yellow Jackets, eventually taking the fall, 71-37 when all was said and done.
Williamstown took little time in dominating the game, outscoring the Knights 19-8 in the first and 20-10 in the second. The Jacket’s retained their lead in the second half in order to take the 71-37 win.
Roberts again led all Knight scorers in the game with nine points, two rebounds, and a steal; Peck scored eight points and had two rebounds; Reed, four points, two rebounds, three assists, and a block; John Lancaster, four points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals, and a block; Trent Smith, four points, two rebounds, one assist, one block; Anderson, three points, three rebounds, two steals, one block; Nate Lancaster, three points, one rebound, one steal; Thompson, two points, four rebounds, one assist; Weekley, one rebound, two assists; and Colby Buchanan had a block in the game.
At the Rotary Classic in New Martinsville, the Silver Knights were defeated by Weirton Madonna.
Peck scored six points, Thompson, five; Roberts, three; and Anderson, Trent Smith, and Reed chipped in two points apiece in the effort.
The Knights were scheduled to host St. Marys on Jan. 27 at home. On Jan. 29 the team will welcome Wirt County to the Keep and Ritchie County will be in town on Jan. 30.