Caldwell Girls Slow Down Wildcats on the Court
The much-improved Paden City Wildcats girls basketball team ran into a roadblock on Feb. 15 at Caldwell, Ohio, as the Redskins got an easy 66-22 win on the home floor. The Wildcats fell behind, 14-10, after one quarter, but it soon turned ugly as Caldwell used a 17-point second quarter to go ahead, 31-15. The Redskins held the Wildcats to two points in the third frame, putting the game out of reach as the Redskins scored 23 of their own points. The Redskins had a 54-17 lead, heading into the last quarter.
Caldwell won the fourth quarter, 11-5, to get the win.
The home team had four double-figure scorers, led by Clayton Secrest with 20. Paden City had Hannah Loy with 13, including two three-pointers. Raven Fulks added four points, and Erin McIntrye hit a three. Madison Knight got two free-throws to round out the Wildcats scoring.
Paden City girls take St. Mary’s to the wire
The Wildcats’ girls basketball team may not have gotten a win on Feb. 14, at home against the St. Mary’s Blue Devils. However, the Wildcats came away with a moral victory, as the vastly-improved ‘Cats nearly upset the down river team, prior to falling. The final score stood at 53-49.
Paden City led after the first quarter by four, 13-9, to gain some confidence, but the Blue Devils came back in the second quarter, 16-9, to take a slim three-point advantage into the locker room.
Coaches Alan Miller and Jamie Natlai told their team to keep playing with intensity, and play tough on defense. That’s exactly what Paden City did in the third frame as they outscored St. Mary’s, 16-12, to go up one, heading into the last eight minutes. The fourth quarter proved to be a dandy as the Wildcats hung tough, but bowed by four, as the visitors used a 16-11 run to get the win.
St. Mary’s had the game’s leading scorer in Abbie Furr with 22 points, nine of which came on 10 free-throw attempts. She was backed by Kylie Wright, who added seven.
Paden City went to junior ace Hannah Loy, who hit for 19, including two three-pointers. Loy also recorded 11 rebounds for her third straight double-double. She got ample help from freshman Erin McIntrye and Abbe Stackpole with eight each. Skylar Fulks hit a three and ended with seven points. Paige Leonard added four points, while Raven Fulks hit for three.
Paden City hit 18 field goals, including four threes, and made 9-17 free throws. St. Mary’s hit 19 field goals but connected on 12-21 free throws. The Wildcats also turned the ball over 16 times, including 10 on steals – five of which led to baskets.
The Wildcats are a very young team, but since the beginning of the season, the girls have progressed into an exciting team to watch, as they never give up. It’s good to see a team that never quits, even when things are going bad. It’s also good to see two coaches who work hard to make the girls a better team, and keep encouraging them to do the best they can.
Wildcat girls get win number six on senior night
Coach Alan Miller’s Wildcat girls basketball team has been playing good basketball lately, and on Feb. 13, at home, they took on the Wood County Christian Wildcats. It was senior night for the Wildcats, and they secured victory number six with a 41-17 runaway win.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 23-9 first-half lead and never looked back as the team out-raced the visitors to the finish line for the victory. Hannah Loy continued her hot hand scoring as she knocked in a game-high 20 points, which included five three pointers and 11 rebounds. This made her second consecutive double-double. Loy is not only a scorer and rebounder, but she brings the ball up court and dishes off just as well. She ended with six assists and five steals to go along with her scoring. Erin McIntrye, a promising freshman, hit for six points with two three-pointers, and she had four rebounds. Abbe Stackpole, who seems to have found her game, also added six points on three buckets while collecting six rebounds and five steals.
Skylar Fulks hit a three-pointer, and Raven Fulks added a basket for two points. The lone senior on the team, Bre Henthorn, played hard and ended with a basket of her own for two points. She also had three rebounds. The Wildcats scored their points, hitting 17-43 field goals and 4-10 foul shots.
“I am happy with this win; it seems as if the girls have really picked up the intensity lately, and as a result, have been able to get a couple late season wins and stay close in some others. They have shown great improvement, and we couldn’t ask for any better effort,” said Coach Alan Miller.