Paden City Hosts Summer Tournament
Paden City hosted a four team summer shootout on Friday, July 3, at the High School Gymnasium. Four local teams showed up to compete and sharpen their skills as they prepare for the upcoming 2015-16 season.
The Paden City Wildcats, who lost four quality players from this past season, three of which were starters, looks like they may once again bring some excitement to the Wildcat Gym.
Up first for the Wildcats was a Lumberjack team from Valley High School. Paden City started out early hitting shots and playing fine hustle defense to take control of the game and come away with a 62-46 win. The Cat’s have a different look this summer and seem to have already jelled well as a team. Hustle is the name of their game and they have several that can hit the long ball. This team will be hard to beat. Valley ended at 1-2 on the day losing to the River Pilots and the Wildcats while defeating St. Mary’s.
Paden City’s second game of the day pitted them against a River Pilots club who has been playing all summer and has given teams like Athens and Columbus fits.
The ‘Cat’s again got the lead early on some clutch threes from Aaron Heasly and Zach Yeater, both who can light it up at any time. River, however, came right back and took the lead by three, but hustle plays by Devin Price and the inside-outside play of Luke Cooper pulled the Cats back in front and they came away with a 48-41 victory to go 2-0 with one game remaining against St. Mary’s. River ended at 2-1 on the day losing only to the Paden City team.
Against the St. Mary’s Blue Devils the Wildcats started and finished strong winning by 20, 77-57. The Cat’s came out on fire and never looked back hitting 16 threes and controlling the boards. Cooper scored from inside and out and Heasley lit up the board with eight threes, some which were from college range. Cooper and Yeater both cashed in three 3’s and Price hit two threes of his own. Price and Logan Carroll both add another dimension to this team, Price with his speed and Carroll with his presense around the boards. Heasley if he continues to stay in the gym will no doubt be a major factor come fall. St. Mary’s dropped all three of their games but are still a very good club who will be a force to reckon with in single A this year.
” I am very proud of the effort this group has put out this summer and I’m looking forward to them having success come fall. We played all day today without our point guard and still managed to win the shootout. That say’s something about the commitment of these kids,” said head coach Fred King.