Cats face-off with five opponents in a week
The Paden City High School boys varsity basketball team kept themselves more than a tad busy in the last week, taking on five opponents.
The best game of the week for Wildcat fans to take in was the barn burner in New Martinsville against the Magnolia Blue Eagles on Feb. 6. Paden City gave the Eagles all they wanted for four full quarters and took the game to an overtime period before the final outcome was decided. Magnolia wound up with the hard-fought win by two points, 76-74.
Determined to give a better effort offensively than the last time the two teams faced-off, the Wildcats started the game strong and sure, leaning on Luke Cooper’s sure shot in the first period to outscore the Big Blue, 23-12.
Though the Blue came on strong in the second period, the Green and White were able to not only stay with them, but retain their lead, putting the score at the half, 41-31 in favor of the ‘Cats.
Magnolia made up the distance in the score in the third and fourth periods but not enough to overtake the ‘Cats’ lead. Instead, the scoreboard read 64-all by the end of regulation. In the overtime period, both teams answered shot for shot, but the home team was a basket up when the buzzer sounded to end the contest.
While it was a tough game to drop, the Wildcats set the stage for some interesting post-season match-ups.
Senior Kennedy Cain stepped up his game in the second half to lead all Wildcat scorers in the game with 29 points. He brought down 17 boards, blocked a shot, had two steals and four assists. Sophomore Luke Cooper ended the game with 26 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots, a steal and four assists; Hayden Hizer scored nine points, had seven rebounds, two steals and seven assists; Zach Heasley, seven points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist; Craig Allen, two points, one rebound; and Logan Carroll added one point and was credited with two rebounds, a steal and an assist.
Playing at the Charleston Civic Center on Monday, the ‘Cats turned in a good performance, but let the third period get away from them in order to give Man the win, 79-74.
At the half, Paden City trailed by just four points, 37-33, but could not get the ball to fall in the third, allowing Man to lengthen their lead. Though they put together a nice fourth, and outscored their opponents, it was too-little-too-late for the Wildcats to get the win.
Cooper and Cain both had the hot hand for Paden City in the game with each of them totaling 21 points in the effort. Cooper hauled in 14 boards, had two steals and an assist, while Cain pulled down eight rebounds, had one steal and three assists. Hizer came through with 17 points, nine rebounds, two steals and five assists for the Green and White. Zach Heasley scored seven points, had four rebounds, a steal and an assist; Cross, five points, three rebounds, one steal; Carroll, two points, two rebounds; Allen, one point, four rebounds; and Price stole the ball once and was credited with two assists.
Against the Midland Trail Patriots on Feb. 7 at Hico, W.Va., the ‘Cats handed the loss to the home team 65-47.
Up by 31-20 at the half, the Wildcats settled in easily on the court and had the game in hand, way before the buzzer sounded to get the win.
At Smithers, W.Va., on Feb. 4, the Wildcats took on the Valley Fayette Greyhounds as part of the WV Hometown Invitational Tournament, but returned home with the 71-51 loss.
A pretty evenly matched game in the first half, the Hounds scored 19 in the second period to go ahead by four, 34-30. Valley then put 21 points on the scoreboard in the third period while holding Paden City to 13 to lengthen their lead, and eventually take the win.
Cain and Cooper were the only two Wildcats scoring in double digits for the day, with 20 and 15, respectively. Cain brought down 11 rebounds and had one steal in the effort, while Cooper had eight rebounds. Zach Heasley added six points, had five rebounds, a block and four assists; Allen totaled five points, one rebound and two assists; Cross, four points, two rebounds, one steal, one assist; Aaron Heasley, three points; Hizer, two points, three rebounds, one steal, four assists; Carroll, two points, one rebound, one steal and one assist; and Price, one steal and two assists.
Paden City traveled to Beallsville on Feb. 3 to take on the Blue Devils, putting in a solid effort in every period to take the win, 103-64.
The Wildcats easily took the win, scoring 25 or more points in each quarter. Hitting the 100 point mark on the scoreboard for the first time this season, the ‘Cats had four players in double digits in the game.
Kennedy Cain triple/doubled in the game with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to lead all statistics in the game. Luke Cooper lit up the scoreboard with 23 points. He also had seven rebounds, a block, three steals and two assists. Zach Heasley scored 18 points, had nine rebounds, a block, four steals and six assists; Hizer, 14 points, two rebounds and four assists; Aaron Heasley, eight points, one rebound, one steal and two assists; Brandon Cross, six points, four rebounds; Allen, six points, one rebound, one steal; Carroll, two points, one block; and Deven Price contributed with five assists and two steals.
This week the ‘Cats were scheduled to play Man at the Charleston Civic Center on Monday, and host Wheeling Central on Tuesday.
OVAC games are scheduled next week but opponents and dates have not been released yet.