Sectionals determine prolonged season
While it does not seem that long ago that the 2015 high school basketball season began, last week teams finished their regular seasons and began post-season play. Both Tyler Consolidated and Paden City High School played their last home games and the Silver Knights began Sectionals.
The Silver Knights faced their last regular season opponent at home on Feb. 25 when they welcomed the Warriors of Trinity Christian to the Keep. A strong shooting team, the Warriors took the eventual win, 75-48, over the home team.
Trinity took advantage of their moves toward the basket to outscore the Silver, 26-8 in the first period of play and never looked back, holding the lead throughout the contest.
Sophomore Jace Reed was the leading point getter in the game for the Silver Knights with 15 points. He also brought down three rebounds, had one assist, and a steal.
Other game statistics reported include: Trent Smith with 10 points and three rebounds; Blake Carpenter, eight points, four assists, and a steal; Daron Weekley, five points, five rebounds and two steals; Austin Thompson, four points, two rebounds; Jon Lancaster, two points, three rebounds; Dylan Roberts, two points, one rebound; Kyle Frum, two points; Josh Peck, five rebounds; and Quintin Richmond was credited with two assists.
On Feb. 28 at Paden City, the Silver Knights began Sectional play with first round opponents, the Valley Lumberjacks.
The Lumberjacks took the win, 56-46, thus ending the Silver Knights’ season.
“The kids played with heart and gave everything they had,” said Knight head coach, J.C. Kimble. “It was a very good game, we just missed some shots when we needed them to fall.
“I’m very proud of how the players came together this season. I’m very proud of this team.”
Paden City’s Wildcats finished up the 2015 regular season last week with a season record of 10-12.
The ‘Cats faced off with Steubenville Catholic Central on Feb. 19, falling to the Crusaders, 66-59.
Steubenville edged out the ‘Cats 22-17 after the first period of play, and though Paden City came on strong in the second half, they just were not able to hang on for the win.
Sophomore Luke Cooper topped the charts in scoring for the ‘Cats in the game with 22. He also had three boards, a block, two steals, and two assists. Senior Zach Heasley scored 16 points, hauled in eight rebounds, had one steal, two blocks and seven assists; Kennedy Cain scored 14 points, had five rebounds, two blocks, a steal and five assists; Hayden Hizer added five points, had three rebounds and four assists; Craig Allen, two points, one rebound and one assist; Deven Price, one assist, one steal; Brandon Cross, one rebound, one steal; and Logan Carroll was credited with a rebound and one assist.
Against Conotton Valley on Feb. 23, Paden City secured their 10th win of the season with the 67-55 win.
The Green and White held CV to only eight points in the third quarter to distance themselves in points, and take the win.
Zach Heasley and Luke Cooper shared the honors as the top scoring Wildcats in the game with 17 apiece. Cooper pulled down six rebounds in the effort while Heasley brought down five. Hizer scored five points, had three rebounds and five assists; Price added four points; Allen, four points, a rebound and two assists; and Carroll was credited with two points and an assist.
At Williamstown on Feb. 25, the ‘Cats went up against a formidable Yellow Jacket team, coming out on the short end of the 70-52 score to finish their season.
On March 4, the Wildcats will begin Sectional Tournament play at Doddridge County against the Morgantown Trinity Warriors. The winner of this game will play for the championship on Saturday.