Tyler Too Much to Tame
Rival Tyler Consolidated took control of Paden City early on Thursday, Jan. 3 on the ‘Cats home floor, jumping out to a 17-3 first quarter lead behind 10 points from senior Josey Jones. The Wildcats’ Paige Leonard hit a nice looking three-point jumper to account for Paden City’s only points in the first eight minutes. The Silver Knights never trailed as they went on to a 57-35 victory for their sixth girls basketball win of the season.
After the first quarter, the Knights knocked in 16 second quarter points, compared to the Wildcats’ eight. Tyler extended their lead in the third period – outscoring Paden City, 11-4. Knights Coach Ben Thomas emptied his bench halfway through the third period, but Paden City couldn’t make up the difference – despite outscoring the Silver Knights, 17-9, in the last frame.
Knights senior guard Josey Jones, who needed 44 points to reach 1,000 for her career, ended as the game’s leading scorer with 20, while playing less than three quarters.
She was backed by seniors JoLee Walton and Peyton Kocher with seven points each.
Kelsi Vandruff added five points on two baskets and a free throw, while freshman Caleigh Phillips hit a basket and two free throws to end with four points.
Regan Smith, Miranda Weekley, Allie Miller, Summer Miller, Romana Rice, Lauren Templeton and Ryley Vandyne each added two points. Jones also had seven steals and three assists, and Walton grabbed 11 rebounds.
Paden City was led by Concord College recruit Hannah Loy with 11 points and six rebounds. Paige Leonard hit a pair of threes and a two pointer to end with eight points. Skylar Fulks also hit a basket and two 3-pointers for eight points.
Mady Kline hit for three points, while Abbe Stackpole, Raven Fulks and Madison Knight each added two points.