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Wildcats Open Season With a Win

By Staff | Dec 13, 2017

Wildcat Matt Saxon looks for an opening against Valley on Friday.

Paden City opened the boys basketball season on Tuesday, December 5, at home and presented Coach Jeff Hohn with his first victory as coach of the Wildcats.

Beallsville, Ohio made the trip to Wildcat town hoping to even their record at 2-2 but it wasn’t to be as Hohn and company used a combination of team play and a solid defensive effort to jump out to an early 22-8 lead they would never relinquish.

Three Wildcat players finished in double figures with Ethan Cross leading the way with 16. Matt Saxon hit for 14 while Ryan Cross added 12. Seth Bohrer tossed in eight and Trey Slider hit for seven as the starting five finished with 57 of the teams 61 total.

Slider also had eight assists and six rebounds, while E. Cross pulled in eight boards and Bohrer grabbed six.

“We told the kids to come out playing and try to get a quick lead. They did that and we were able to keep the lead the entire game. They followed the game plan we have been working on. This is a good group of kids and I am very happy we got the opening win, they hustled and played hard. We have some things to work on but overall we’re getting better every day,” said coach Jeff Hohn.

Poor Shooting costs Wildcats

Paden City started Friday’s boys basketball game with Valley sinking two straight three pointers to take an 8-3 lead before Valley scored the next seven points to go up by two. Ethan Cross buried the first three of the game and Trey Slider followed with one of his own and the Wildcats and Lumberjacks battled back and forth for the first half before the Visitors from Pine Grove took a five point 32-27 lead into the locker room.

The Wildcats took the lead on four occasions in the second quarter before Valley closed out the half with a three form Levi Streets who led all scorers with 26. Paden City came out of halftime and got two buckets to draw to within one but streets buried another three and at the end of three the Lumberjacks had an eight point advantage.

The fourth frame belonged to Valley as they outscored the Wildcats 23-14 to get the win. Paden City had several opportunities in the game but poor shooting around the basket and missed foul shots were there own worst enemy.

In the first half the Lumberjacks were called for a double technical after they were whistled for a foul, giving the Wildcats six foul shots and possession but the Cat’s missed 4-6 from the line and failed to scored on the possession. Valley went down and hit a three and what could have been eight points for the Cat’s became a seven point turn around in the Lumberjacks favor.

The Cat’s got another opportunity with 3:47 to play when the Lumberjacks Streets fouled out but pour fouls shooting and two missed defense assignments gave the victory to Valley. The Wildcats finished the game with 12-30 shooting from the free throw line.

Paden City was led by the hot hand of Ethan Cross who knocked in five 3’s and finished with 21 points, He was backed by Matt Saxon with 15 markers and two 3’s. Trey Slider also finished in double figures with 13, including a three, plus four assists and six rebounds. Saxon added four steals and four assists and Garrett Cross got six points and nine rebounds.

Dalton Schupbach scored three point and had two rebounds, while Seth Bohrer and Ty Cain each added two points. The Wildcats evened their record at 1-1 with the loss and will visit St. Mary’s on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.