Wildcats Declawed At 82-29
Paden City couldn’t keep the pace Friday night in St. Mary’s as the Blue Devils exploded for 17 three-point shots, en-route to a 53 point 82-29 win over the 1-2 Wildcats. While St. Mary’s was hitting 50 percent of their threes and shooting 41 percent overall, the Wildcats ended the night with a poor 21 percent shooting performance.
Paden City was hoping to take advantage of a young St. Mary’s squad, which was playing their first game of the season; however, it was the Blue Devils who jumped the gun and went up 8-0 before the Cats scored on a lay-in by Ethan Cross. By the end of the first quarter, the home team was clearly in control with a 20-7 a lead they stretched to 42-13 at the half.
Not only was the Wildcats struggling to put the ball in the hoop; they were also struggling to move the ball up the floor and even get a good look. The old saying, when things go bad, they really go bad, held true for Coach Jeff Hohn and his team as the Blue Devils controlled every phase of the game.
The Blue Devils led in rebounds 43-25, assists 20-6, steals 10-2 and committed only five turnovers to the Wildcats 20. Add that to the shooting percentage, and you have a making of a disaster.
St. Mary’s canned all four of their free throws while the Wildcats could hit only 4-10. St. Mary’s also got off 76 shots to the Wildcats 52 and had five double figure scorers while the Wildcats didn’t have any. For Paden City, E. Cross had nine points and three assists, while Garrett Cross and Matt Saxon each added six. Seth Bohrer hit for three and added seven rebounds, CW Harton got two points, and Athony Newman, Colton Elliott, and Trey Slider all got a point on a free throw.
St. Mary’s also won the JV GAME 66-25 behind three double digit scorers, while the Wildcats were paced by seven points from Carson Palmer.