Ritchie County Defeats Wildcats in Rotary Challenge
Paden City stayed close to the Ritchie County Rebels most of the game on Jan. 27, in New Martinsville, but couldn’t keep the pace in the last quarter as the Rebels used a 18-9 run to get the win, 78-57.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a basket by Matt Saxon and a three point shot from freshman Ty Cain. The Rebels, however, came right back to go up, 7-5, but Ethan Cross hit a basket and Cain added another to give the Wildcats a 9-7 lead. The Rebels added three straight baskets to take the lead for good. Cross added five more points in the quarter, as did Saxon. Trey Slider hit 1-2 free throws to end the quarter’s scoring for Paden City.
The second quarter was, again, back and forth with Ritchie County getting the advantage by four to go into the locker room up, 43-35. Ethan Cross hit for six points in the frame, while Saxon and Garrett Cross added four each. Slider hit 1-2 free throws
Coming out after the break, the Paden CIty hung tough, and at the end of three, was still within striking distance as the Rebels led 60-49. E. Cross and Anthony Newman each had three in the frame, while Slider, G. Cross, Saxon and Kolton Elliott each added two.
The fourth quarter belonged to Ritchie as they came away with the win. E. Cross led the Wildcats with 23 points, including some sharp shooting from behind the arc, knocking in five 3’s. Saxon hit for 10, while Slider got seven, Cain five, and G.Cross six. The Wildcats hit 14-27 from the free throw line and made 17-46 field goal attempts.
Wildcat Comeback Edges Hundred
Hundred hosted the Paden City Wildcats on Tuesday, January 23, for a chance to avenge an earlier loss.
For the most part, it looked like that would be the case, as the Wildcats could only muster 14 first-half points. Hundred, however, was on fire and threw up 28 points, behind 10 points from Cody Soles, on their way to a 28-14 lead at the break.
The Hornets stayed hot in the third frame and extended their lead to 23 by outscoring the Cats, 29-20. Soles was, again, a big factor as he poured in 12 points in the quarter. In what seemed like an insurmountable 57-34 entering the last eight minutes, the Wildcats turned the table and came through in a big way for a 70-68 win. The game was knotted at 68 when Paden City’s Anthony Newman provided the heroics. He was fouled with 0.3 seconds on the clock and calmly stepped to the line, sinking both tries to give the Wildcats the win.
The fourth quarter was all Paden City as they stiffened their defense and started hitting from the floor. Ethan Cross led the comeback charge with nine points in the quarter, while Anthony Newman got seven on a three ball and a 4-4 showing at the line. Freshman Ty Cain, who replaced Garrett Cross -who fouled out, also played well, getting three baskets and hitting a free throw in the frame.
The Wildcats managed only 7-22 points from the foul line, while Hundred hit 18-31. The ‘Cats ended the game with four double-figure scorers, led by E. Cross with 14, Trey Slider with 12, Newman with 11, and G. Cross with 10. Cain was right behind with nine. Matt Saxon and Seth Bohrer each scored six, and Kolton Elliott added a basket for two points.
“We couldn’t buy a basket in the first half, and we looked flat. Hundred played hard, and by the end of the third quarter, it didn’t look good for us. I told the boys to go out, play hard, and don’t quitt. They did tha,t and you see the result. It wasn’t pretty, but it’s a win, and we’ll take it,” said Coach Jeff Hohn.