Paden City Girls Fall to Valley
After an opening win over county rival Hundred, the Wildcat girls found the going a little tougher against another county rival the Valley Lumberjacks. Stopping Valley’s Sophie Palmer could be a chore for most teams but when she’s on and gets help from the rest of the team they will be a tough opponent for whoever they play.
On Friday at Bob Burton gymnasium in Paden City the Lumberjacks lit up the Wildcats, by taking a 21-6 first quarter lead and stretching it to 44-15 at the break and crusing to a 65-34 win. The Wildcats are a young team with only one senior on the squad and a three juniors but they are leaning the game and have some skill players who will get better as the season moves on. The second half was much better for the Wildcats as they managed to play even with Valley.
“We knew Valley would be hard to stop, they have some height and some veteran skilled players. I am totally satisfied with our ffort tonight. We were outmanned but we continued to scrap and go for the loose balls and we did have some good moments. These kids, except for a few are new to varsity basketball and to come out and play hard with a good attitude shows ccharacter on our part. We have come a long way since the beginning of thew season and we will get better as the girls start to understand their roles. Again tonight we got everyone in the game but we just couldn’t overcome Valley’s size and experience.” said Coach Allen Miller.
Paden City was led by junior Hannah Loy, a good ball player who gets better each game. She fired in a team high 17 points with six field goals and a 5-6 showing from the free throw line. Sophomore forward Skyler Fulks backed her up as she netted nine to barely miss double figures. Sophomore point guard Abbe Stackpole added a pair of buckets for four points, while junior Paige Leonard, and senior Bre Henthorn each hit a foul shot. Freshman Erin McIntrye came through with a bucket to round out the scoring. The loss evened the Wildcats record at 1-1 on the young season with the next opponent Beallsville, Ohio, and their next five games on the road before returnuing home again on January 2, against Ritchie County.
Loy leads Wildcats in season opener
Paden City kicked off the 2017-18 girls basketball season on Tuesday, November 28, with an impressive 60-20 win over county rival Hundred on the Cat’s home floor.
Junior Hannah Loy, back for her third straight year as a starter, picked up where she left off last season as she poured in 15 first half points to lead the Wildcats to a 30-10 halftime lead. Loy scored the first six points of the second half to raise the count to 36-10 before leaving the game with five minutes to go in the third. She came back in for two minutes in the fourth and scored four points to finish the night with 25 points, six rebounds and five steals.
The Wildcats got good minutes from the whole team with every player adding to the point total. Sophomore point guard Abbe Stackpole, had a good game as she finished with five steals, four assists, three rebounds and 12 points. Freshman Erin McIntyre, had three assists and scored five points in her first varsity action.
Paige Leonard, added six assists, three steals and four points, while Skyler Fulks, pumped in two buckets and had five rebounds. Senior Bre Henthorn, got four rebounds and scored four points, while Madison Knight, added a bucket and two foul shots for four points to go along with four rebounds. Raven Fulks rounded out the scoring with two points.
Hundred was led by McKelen Britton with six points and Emily Meta and Katherine Henderson with five points each.