Wildcats and Silver Knights each win over two opponents
The end of the 2015 season is looming for West Virginia High School boys basketball teams, with local teams striving to get their last few games in on their schedules.
Paden City has accumulated nine wins thus far and Tyler Consolidated has pocketed five. Both teams secured wins last week and are scheduled to see action this week, but cold, snowy and icy weather conditions can always change even the best of plans.
On Feb. 14, the Wildcats took on the Bulldogs of Doddridge County, handing them the loss, 65-45.
The ‘Cats played to a slight, four-point lead at the half before turning up the heat to outscore the ‘Dogs in the last two periods to take the 65-45 win in the end.
Senior Kennedy Cain was on his game, scoring 22 points for the Green and White. He also pulled down five rebounds, had three steals, and three assists.
Luke Cooper chipped in 19 points for the ‘Cats, had six rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Zach Heasley scored 12 points had five boards and one assist; Deven Price, five points, two rebounds, one steal; Hayden Hizer, two points, one rebound, six assists; Brandon Cross, three points, two rebounds, one assist; Logan Carroll, two points, one rebound, two steals, one assist; and Craig Allen was credited with two rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Earlier in the week the Wildcats faced off with Midland Trail in the WV Hometown Invitational Tournament, and handled their opponents with little trouble, taking the win, 65-47.
Paden City took the lead, 15-13, in the first period and never looked back, not allowing Trail an opportunity to catch-up, and taking the win, 65-47.
Cooper put 24 points on the scoreboard for the Wildcats and double/doubled with 10 rebounds. He also was credited with one block, two steals, and two assists.
Cain came through with 14 points, 11 rebounds, one block, two steals, and four assists; Hizer had seven points, five rebounds, two steals, and four assists; Zach Heasley, seven points, three rebounds; Cross, six points, three rebounds; Price, five points.
Aaron Heasley scored two points in the game and was credited with three rebounds and three steals; Allen contributed two rebounds and blocked the ball twice; and Carroll pulled down four rebounds, had one block and two assists.
Paden City will play at Williamstown on Feb. 25 and get ready for Sectional tournament action which will take place the week of Feb. 28.
The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights played two tight games last week, winning over the Ritchie County Rebels by two points, as well as over the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders by the same margin.
At home on Feb. 7, the Knights took on the Rebels of Ritchie County, giving an excellent effort, but coming up just short of the win, 50-48.
At the end of one, the Knights held a two point edge over the Blue, 11-9, and lengthened that lead to five by half-time. The two teams matched up evenly at 10 each in the third which set up for an exciting, fast paced fourth period. The Silver held their own in a great defensive effort in the final quarter to take the 50-48 win.
The Knights were led by sophomore Jace Reed who put 16 points on the scoreboard. He also had six rebounds, one assist, and two steals. Blake Carpenter added 11 points, had four rebounds, two assists and one steal; Jonathan Lancaster, eight points, one rebound, one assist; Trent Smith, six points, three assists; Daron Weekley, four points, one rebound; Austin Thompson, three points, one rebound, one assist, one steal; Dylan Roberts, two points; and Josh Peck was credited with one rebound.
At Parkersburg Catholic on Feb. 10, the Silver pulled another close one out of their bag of tricks as they defeated the Crusaders at home, 63-61.
The Silver Knights kept the game close in the first half, but Catholic held the lead at the half, 20-17. In the second half, Consolidated came out shooting and made the most of the third and fourth periods to score 46 points and edge out the Crusaders for the 63-61 win.
Roberts led the way on the scoreboard for the Silver with 25 points to his credit. He also pulled down a rebound, had one assist and a steal. Reed came through with 16 points, rebounded the ball seven times, had four assists and five steals. Carpenter, 12 points, four rebounds, one steal; Thompson, four points, five rebounds, two blocks; Smith, four points, three rebounds, one steal, one block; Weekley, two points, three rebounds, two assists; and Jon Lancaster had two rebounds, two steals and blocked the ball three times.
The Silver Knights were scheduled to host Trinity Christian on Feb. 16.