TCHS’s West, Paden City’s Loy Earn the Recognition
The Tyler Star News’ Athletes of the Week, for the week of Jan. 10, are two stand-out basketball players – Tyler Consolidated’s Tyler West and Paden City’s Hannah Loy.
West, a three-year varsity performer for the Silver Knights, has been steady all season long. He is usually at the top when it comes to rebounding and is a steady force on the inside, where he battles the opposition’s biggest players. As a scorer, he is averaging around 12 points per game and can go to the bucket or hit the jumper. He also has good range from the three point line. He brings a lot of energy to the floor, and anytime there is a loose ball, you can find him in the mix.
“I like his aggressiveness. He plays hard, wants to do good, and he wants to win. Sometimes his emotions get the best of him, but that is just a sign of his desire to do well. He is progressing into a very nice player, and I look for him to get better and better; plus, he is only a junior. I enjoy coaching him,” said coach Rick Leach.
In his last two games, West has put up some impressive numbers. In a win over St. Mary’s, he pumped in 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while blocking three shots. In the loss to Parkersburg Catholic, he again got 13 points, including a three. He grabbed three rebounds and added a block and a steal.
Loy, who leads the Wildcat girls in every phase of the game, had two big games this past week. Although the Cats lost both games, Loy proved to be a handful for the opposition. Against the Valley Lumberjills, Loy stood out with an outstanding game – scoring 17 points, grabbing 15 rebounds for a double-double, and adding six steals and six rebounds. To add to that, she came back with another good performance against Ritchie County by scoring another double-double, 13 points and 10 rebounds. She also added six rebounds and four steals.
“Hannah is just an outstanding player. We count on her to lead the team and to help make everyone else better. She leads by example and understands the game very well. She is only a junior, so we expect her to get even better as time goes on. The other teams take notice when she’s on the floor. She brings good energy to the game, and the rest of the team feeds off of it. We are not winning, but we are getting better. Hannah is a big part of that,” said Coach Allen Miller.
Earning Special Honorable Mention this week is Knights basketball player Griffin Phillips, Paden City basketball player Garrett Cross, and Silver Knights wrestlers Cory Chipps and Michael Doyle.