Silver Knights Slay Wildcats
Tyler Consolidated road the hot hand of Peyton Kocher in the first quarter on Wednesday, Jan. 31, en-route to a 70-41 victory. The win at home, against the Paden City Wildcats, raised the Lady Knights’ record to 10-8 on the season.
Kocher started the game with a three-pointer. She hit three more in the quarter, plus another two points, to score 14 of the Knights’ first 20 points. The Knights scored 20 more in the second period with Josey Jones knocking in 10 during the frame.
Paden City, however, got off to a slow start and could never recuperate as they managed only 16 in the first half to go down 40-16 at the break.
Kocher hit her fifth three on the night to start the third quarter, but it was Amanda Reynolds, the Bethany recruit, that came to life as she hit for 10. The Silver Knights outscored the Wildcats, 19-9, to put the game out of reach. Jones, who led all scorers in the game with 23, added seven in the fourth quarter, and Coach Cathy Boggs used her bench for most of the last eight minutes.
Paden City got a big fourth quarter out of their leading scorer Hannah Loy, who finished the game with 18, with 12 coming in the last frame, including two three-pointers. Backing Loy up on the night was Skylar Fulks, who hit a three and finished with nine points. Abbe Stackpole finished with seven for the Wildcats, while Erin McIntrye hit a three. Paige Leonard and Raven Fulks rounded out the scoring with two each.
Kocher ended with 21 points to back up Jones for the Silver Knights, while Reynolds hit for 12. JoLee Walton ended with six markers. Allie Miller, Kelsi Vandruff, Cora Grimm and Alexa Johnson each got a basket.
Paden City made 18-48 shots and 1-3 from the free throw line. The Silver Knights hit 29-54 shots and 5-11 free throws. The Knights forced 12 turnovers with Jones getting six steals. Tyler out rebounded Paden City 33-17. The loss dropped Paden City’s record to 3-13 on the season.
The Silver Knights team is starting to jell, and on any given night they can compete with the best. Coach Boggs said she feels comfortable going seven and eight deep in the lineup. “We have some really good three point shooters. Peyton hit five threes again tonight for the second game in a row. We are also scoring well off transition. We are working hard to get more production from our inside game, and I think it’s starting to come around. Alexa Johnson had a good scoring night at Beallsville last week, and we need more of that,” said Coach Boggs. “Also, we’re working the ball better at times, but we have got to become more consistent.”
Paden City Coach Alan Miller said he is happy with the progress the team has made since the start of the season. “We have improved immensely; we may not be winning a lot of games, but our girls are learning the game. They are now fighting for the ball, positioning for rebounds, and going to the bucket. We have a few kids who can score, and that really helps take the load off Hannah (Loy). Our tallest kid is 5’7,” and we play teams with girls over six foot every night. At times we’ve been able to hold our own, so there has been great improvement, and all of these kids will be back next year.”