’Cats Claw Lumberjacks
Paden City sliced up the Lumberjacks to the tune of 76-59 on Monday, Dec. 17, behind 23 points from junior guard Ethan Cross and 20 from sophomore Ty Cain. Cross set the tone at the start of the game as he hit a long three with less than a minute gone in the quarter, giving the ‘Cats an early lead.
Valley came right back with a 3-pointer and a basket inside for a 5-3 lead with two minutes off the clock. Cain then hit a bucket down low to tie the game at five, but Abe Satterfield hit a three; Gavin Streets hit on a drive to the bucket to lift Valley to a 10-5 lead.
Paden City called a time-out to make a defensive adjustment; coming out of the timeout Cross hit another three, and then Cain stepped back and drilled one from beyond the arc to give the Wildcats an 11-10 lead. It was nip-and-tug the rest of the quarter. Jason Anderson came into the contest and hit a three from the left corner, and Cross added another three. Cain got another inside basket to give the Wildcats a 19-18 lead at the end of one.
The Wildcats took the second eight minutes by 12-7 with Cross adding his fourth 3-pointer in the first half. Senior guard Matt Saxon had a good quarter for the ‘Cats as he hit a three ball and got two more points on a quick drive to the basket. Anderson had two nice inside moves for baskets while filling in for Cain, who picked up his third foul early in the second quarter.
Valley turned the ball over nine times in the second quarter, leading to six of Paden City’s points. Saxon and Cross both had four steals in the first half for Paden City, which held a 31-25 lead at the break.
The second half belonged to Paden City as the Wildcats used a strong third period to go up, 52-43, heading into the final eight minutes. Cross had seven points in the third on his fifth 3-pointer and two baskets off of drives to the bucket. Saxon went to the basket in transition for a basket and added four more points off the dribble to the bucket to give him six in the frame. Cain continued to work underneath the basket with two baskets off nice moves while also hitting both of his free throws in the quarter. Senior Trey Slider got in on the scoring in the third with a basket.
Valley made a nice move in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to two, but each time the Wildcats responded to go back up, before putting it away in the last three minutes with a slowdown game, which forced Valley to foul.
Paden City hit eight of 13 free throws in the quarter and cashed in eight easy baskets off some great passing by Saxon and Cross. Cain was a difference maker in the fourth as he hit for seven of his 20 points, while also hauling in six of his game-high 14 rebounds, all while playing less than three quarters due to foul problems.
Anthony Newman, a senior guard, hit all five of his points in the last quarter on easy looks off passes from Cross and Saxon, plus hitting a free throw. Jacob Greene got a basket off a feed from Slider. Slider added two free throws with five seconds left on the clock to end the scoring. Paden City avenged last week’s 26-point loss to Valley on the Lumberjacks home floor.
Greene had a big night in limited playing time with nine rebounds, and two steals. Saxon added nine rebounds and seven steals, and Cross finished with nine assists to go along with his game-high 23 points. Paden City Coach Jeff Hohn, employed a zone defense that limited the Lumberjacks’ three-point shooting while packing it in down low for rebounding. The ‘Cats got several open looks off Valley’s press. The Wildcat guards were forced into only nine turnovers while scoring 18 points in transition.
Overall, the ‘Cats hit 10-17 free throws, all which came in the second half. Valley got 23 free throws and hit 15. Paden City canned 29 field goals, including eight threes, while Valley hit 18 field goals and seven 3-pointers. The Wildcats won the battle on the boards as well with 39 rebounds, compared to Valley’s 34. Paden City picked up its second win in the last three games.
Wildcats Even Record at 3-3
Paden City picked up its second win in as many nights on Tuesday, Dec. 18 when the Wildcats entertained the visiting Hundred Hornets. The Wildcats came out firing away and knocked in 24 points in each of the first three quarters before clearing their bench in the fourth frame and cruising to an 85-64 victory.
Ethan Cross continued his hot shooting from behind the 3-point line as he knocked in five three balls, en route to 18 points on the night. Overall, the Wildcats hit on 9-21 attempts from downtown. Matt Saxon hit for 15 points, including a three.
Leading the way for Paden City and gaining game-scoring honors was sophomore center Ty Cain with 25 points. Cain is becoming a force down low for the Wildcats and has a variety of moves from in close. He also is a good shot from outside as he showed by hitting a three pointer in the game. Cain gets good position and is leading the team in rebounds. On Tuesday, he grabbed 12 bounds for his second straight double-double.
Senior Trey Slider hit a three and finished one point short of double digits with nine points. Jason Anderson added five points, as did Jacob Greene. Anthony Newman knocked in four markers.
Hundred was led by Travis McCoy, the Hornets’ 6’5″ middle man, with 21 points and 11 rebounds. He was supported by Logan Norris with 20 and Cody Soles with 13. The Hornets fell to 0-3 on the season, while Paden City evened its record at 3-3.