Season Ends For Wildcats
Paden City’s boys basketball team gave all they had Feb. 24 at Ritchie County in a quarter-final round, Class A Region 1 and Section 2 tournament game, but they weren’t able to overcome the Rebels height and hot shooting.
Paden City fell, 75-51 and were eliminated from post-season play.
The ‘Cats’ downfall came in the first quarter when the Rebels jumped out to a huge 22-6 lead, and from that point, the Wildcats couldn’t overcome the deficit. The second and third quarters were mostly even, but Ritchie, once again, took control in the fourth with an 18-11 advantage to gain the win.
Paden City had three double-figure scorers in the game with Junior Matt Saxon leading the way with 15 markers, while also adding two rebounds and threee steals. Junior Trey Slider, who has been steady all year, hit three straight long-balls in the third period to try and get the ‘Cats back in the game, but each time the Rebels answered. Slider finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for another double-double. Sophomore guard Ethan Cross went 6-6 from the free throw line and hit two baskets to finish with 10 points. The Wildcats shot well from the line, going 13-14, but managed only 17 field goals on 48 attempts, compared to Ritchie County’s 32-57.
“We played hard all year, and I know the boys learned some things. This is a good group of kids, and I’m proud to have coached them this year. With a year of experience under their belt, and some younger kids coming around, we will be back next year a better team. Some of these schools were really loaded this year, and we were at a height disadvantage nearly every game.”
“We managed to get six wins, and I know we could have had a few more, but things just didn’t turn out that way. These kids all will move on to spring sports, and Coach Croasmun and I look forward to getting ready for baseball,” said coach Jeff Hohn.
Wildcats Fall To Dragons
Paden City dropped a tough decision to the Cameron Dragons on senior night Monday, Feb. 19. The invading Dragons put together a strong second half to out-distance the Wildcats, 80-44, in a game that was closer than the score indicated.
Playing a veteran team is always tough, but going up against a big Class A front line with four players on the floor at 5’10” or smaller puts you at a distinct disadvantage. The Wildcats, however, held their own throughout the first half behind some fine outside shooting from 5’7″ guard Ethan Cross. Cross knocked down four three-pointers in the half, including a long buzzer beater at the end of the first frame.
Guards Matt Saxon and Trey Slider also helped keep the ‘Cats in the game as Saxon hit a first-half three and Slider got a bucket on a nice spin move in the lane, drawing the ‘Cats to within six.
Coach Jeff Hohn started the game with all his seniors, and the Dragons got two easy baskets. Hohn then brought in his starters who immediately hit a three and another quick bucket to get the Wildcats within one, 6-5. Cameron went on to win the quarter 20-16, and at the half held a 39-28 lead.
Paden City, however, couldn’t keep up the pace as the Dragons kept pounding the ball down low against the much smaller ‘Cats, extending the lead to 61-36 after three. Cameron used a 19-8 fourth quarter to get the win. The visitors had four players in double digits, with Miliken and Mickey each hitting for 17.
The ‘Cats were led by E. Cross with 16 including, five three-pointers, and four assists. Slider nearly got a double double as he hit for nine points and collected 10 rebounds. Garrett Cross added nine points and eight rebounds, while Saxon hit a three and ended with six markers. Ty Cain, a promising freshman, got two points and Senior Seth Bohrer added a basket for two; he also had six rebounds and a steal.