Paden City Girls Drown River Pilots
Home standing River Local had the visiting Wildcats of Paden City walking the plank on Thursday, before the Cat’s sank the ship to give them the victory in a hard fought battle that appeared to favor the Pilots. River jumped on Paden City early and won the first set 25-21 and then took control in set two with a 28-26 win.
Paden City however fought off the barrage winning set three 25-18 to stay alive. With everything hanging on the line, the Cat’s clawed their way to another win in the battle, taking set four 25-18 as well. They then drowned the Pilots in the last frame 15-7 to claim the match.
The Wildcats had several players step up their game in the comeback win as last years OVAC player of the year senior Aubrey Neff, helped turn the tide with 17 points, five digs, five kills, 47 sets, and 20 assists. Freshmen stars, Mallory Yeater and Hope Weber showed their team worth as well as Yeater, scored a match high 31 points while adding two aces, three digs, eight kills, 49 sets and 19 assists. Weber came in with a match high 21 monster kills, 10 points, nine blocks, and a dig.
Senior veteran Katrina Heasley also got in on the action as she filled the stat sheet with 14 points, five digs, eight kills, six sets and three assists. Kameron McClain had her game working as well as she hammered home 19 points and added 10 digs. Malayna Price scored 17 big points and got a match high 20 digs while Jenna Ferrebee worked the net well with four blocks and 12 kills.
“This was a big win for us heading into the OVAC tournament. We poved tonight that if you stay focused and work together as a team you can overcome adversity. Some of these girls have been playing for me for four years now and their leadership is invaluable to this team. Our younger girls have bought into the system and are playing an important role in our success. We are 19-5 as of now, hopefully we will continue to improve as we head towards the playoffs,” Said Coach King.
Wildcats Split Tri-Match
Paden City hosted Weirton and Ritchie County on Tuesday, October 3, in a Tri-Match at Bob Burton gymnasium. In their first match on the night against Weirton the Cat’s fell 25-20. However they rallied big time in set two for a 25-12 win and then capped off the match with a 25-14 third set win.
Freshman setter Mallory Yeater put on a clinic with a match high 19 points while adding 32 sets, 14 assists and five points. Jenna Ferrebee, added 15 points, plus eight kills and an assist. Katrina Heasley came through with 11 points, one ace, four kills, three digs and a set.
Adding to the Wildcats total was Kameron McClain with 10 points, an ace and three digs while Malayna Price served up 10 points with an ace and recorded 12 digs. Aubrey Neff was solid with 28 sets, 11 assists, five points, two digs and a kill and Jenna Arnett got a dig and a kill.
In the loss to Ritchie County, Ferrebee led the way in the stat book with nine points, seven kills, and three blocks while Heasley added four points, four digs, three kills, and a block. Weber got two blocks and five kills.
Neff and Yeater combined to lead the Cat’s in assists with Neff picking up 25 sets and seven assists while Yeater dished out six assists on e 21 sets. Neff add six points and two digs and Yeater claimed a block and a dig.
Price had seven digs and three points on the night and McClain got two digs and two points. Arnett added a point and two kills. The loss dropped Paden City to 18-5 on the season.