Paden City Girls Pick Up Win Number Five
The Wildcats traveled to Blacksville on Saturday and came away with a 54-29 win over Paw Paw for Paden City’s fifth win on the campaign. The Wildcats took a 16-5 first quarter lead and upped it to 29-12 at the half, enroute to the victory.
Paden City had three double-figure scorers in the contest with junior ace Hannah Loy leading the way with a game-high 21, which included two three-pointers. Loy also gathered nine rebounds and had six steals. Backing her up was Abbe Stackpole, an up-and-coming guard who finished the night with 16 points while adding six steals and four assists. Erin McIntyre, a freshman forward, lit up the scoreboard for 10 points on five field goals.
The Wildcats won every quarter to get the win. Also scoring for the Wildcats was Paige Leonard with two buckets, Raven Fulks with two points and Madison Knight added a free throw.
Wildcats Fall To Lady Irish
Visiting Bellaire St. John’s overcame a close game in the second half to defeat Paden City, 42-31, in the OVAC consolation bracket, held Feb. 5 inside the Wildcats’ Bob Burton Gymnasium. The Wildcats and Irish fought dead-even in the first two quarters, 18-18, before the visitors took control with a 14-7 third period and a 10-6 last frame to get the win.
“We have been playing pretty good basketball lately, and tonight was no exception,” said Paden City’s head coach, Alan Miller.
“We just can’t seem to hold on for all four quarters. We stayed close to Magnolia and Tyler in recent games, but the second half did us in. I give a lot of credit to these girls for their hard work and determination. A lot of kids would have given up, but this group just keeps playing and trying to get better; they are doing that. We are a young team, with a lot of first year players; however, they have grown up some this season and I am very proud of how they keep fighting,” said Miller.
Neither team could muster up much offense, but St. John’s got the upper hand after the break behind Kaylin Nixon’s 15 game-high points and Alyssa Busack’s 11. Paden City was led by Hannah Loy’s 12. Loy averages 13 per game. She got scoring help from Paige Leonard with six and Abbe Stackole with five. Raven Fulks and Erin McIntrye each added two. Paden City fell to 3-16 with the loss.