Wildcats Get Win Over Beallsville
Paden City drove through the rain and snow on Saturday to get to Beallsville, but once they hit the gym, it was lights out as they scorched the nets for 23 first quarter points, en-route to a 66-56 win that was not nearly as close as the the score indicated. The ‘Cats, who have been on fire the past three games from beyond the arc, started the game with five in the first period as Junior Matt Saxon hit three, and Ethan Cross buried two more. Freshman Ty Cain got two buckets, and Trey Slider and Seth Bohrer each added a basket to give the Wildcats an 11 point lead after one.
Paden City continued to roll in the second quarter as Cross hit two more three-pointers and ended with 10 in the frame. The Wildcats took the quarter, 16-12, for a 39-24 halftime lead. Beallsville put up a good effort in the second half with 14 third-quarter points, but the Wildcats increased their lead by one with 15. The fourth quarter belonged to the Blue Devils, 18-12, but it was too little too late.
E. Cross ended with 27 points as he knocked in five three-pointers along the way. He also ended with six assists and four rebounds. Backing him up with a good all-around game was Saxon with 20 points, including three three-pointers; he added seven assists, four steals and 10 rebounds in a double-double effort.
Garrett Cross got five points, and the 6’2″ center ended with seven rebounds. Trey Slider ended with another good game as he hit for six points, had two assists and another double-digit rebound game with 10, his third in a row. Cain dropped in four points, got a blocked shot, a steal and an assist. Bohrer added four points on two baskets, had three assists, and four rebounds.
Paden City now stands at 6-12 on the season with a game tonight with St. Mary’s.
Paden City Drops Close One To Cee-Bees
The Wildcats might not have the best record heading in to the post-season, but it’s not for lack of effort. Coach Hohn’s guys have had their ups and downs this season, but anytime you change systems, it takes time to make the adjustment. It seems the Wildcats have done that and are starting to turn the corner at just the right time.
The undersized over-achievers from Paden City are sharing the ball well and playing hard-nosed defense in an effort to make up for lack of size. On Feb. 15, at home, they gave the boys from Clay-Battelle quite a scare before finally falling by four, 62-58.
Trey Slider, a 5’7″ junior who often plays under the basket against the much-bigger guys, had his second straight 20-point night as he hit 22 on Feb. 13 and finished at an even 20 on Thursday. Slider got five three-pointers against the Cee Bees, following four against Monroe Central two nights earlier. He finished with 11 rebounds, three steals and four assists in the loss, and he got his second straight double double.
Paden City led 14-11 after one period and was up two, 29-27, at the break. Clay-Battelle fought back in the back-and-forth battle to tie the game at 45 heading into the last quarter. The visitors edged out the win with a 17-13 fourth quarter. Junior guard Matt Saxon backed up Slider on the night with 14, including two three-pointers; he also finished with six assists. Ethan Cross also hit double figures as he knocked in 11, including a three. Freshman Ty Cain got four buckets for eight points and collected eight rebounds, while Anthony Newman hit a three and ended with five points to round out the Wildcats’ scoring.
Paden City made 11-14 free throws and hit 19-51 field goals, plus had 24 rebounds.
Wildcats drop to 5-12 with loss to Monroe Central
Paden City’s basketball woes continued on Feb. 13, as they hosted Monroe Central – another struggling team who improved to 6-15 with a 75-48 win over the Wildcats. Paden City was not without its moments, however, as junior Trey Slider found his shooting touch and scorched the nets with four three-pointers. Slider was also a force on the boards as he collared 10 rebounds.
His effort wasn’t enough to overcome the balanced attack of the Seminoles, however, as they got 20 points from Zac Jones and 14 from Ryan LaFollette, while hitting 32 field goals to the ‘Cats’ 20. The visitors also knocked in 6-15 free throws, compared to the Wildcats’ 2- 7. Monroe Central also controlled the boards with a huge 46-20 advantage.
For Paden City, Ethan Cross also hit double-digits with 11, and Matt Saxon hit for seven, while adding seven assists and three steals. Slider also had two steals and two assists. Paden City turned the ball over 20 times, while the Seminoles had 18 turnovers.
The first quarter was all Central as they jumped ahead, 20-8, but the Wildcats came back in the second to play even ball, 11-11. However, the second half belonged to the visitors, as they outscored the Wildcats, 44-29, to get the win. Seth Bohrer, Ty Cain, Colton Elliott, and Eugene Smith all added two points for Paden City.