Wildcats’ Season Ends
Paden City, who has been on a good run lately – and earlier this month knocked off St. Marys, had no such luck on Saturday as the Blue Devils racked up a 60-31 win on their home floor to end the Wildcats’ season. The Class A Region I, Section II quarterfinal game opened the tournament with fourth-seeded St. Marys hosting the fifth-seeded Wildcats, who were looking to advance to tonight’s semi-final game against top-seeded Magnolia.
The (13-10) Blue Devils used a strong second-half to pull away from the Wildcats, who finished their season with a 9-13 record. The ‘Cats got a strong performance from senior Paige Leonard, with 13 points, six steals, and seven rebounds. Raven Fulks added seven markers for Paden City.
The first quarter was close for the first seven minutes and was tied at nine before the Blue Devils ended with a three, to claim a 12-9 advantage. The home team used a 15-8 second period to take a 27-17 lead into the locker room. The Wildcats had trouble getting the ball in the basket against the pressure defense of St. Marys and could only manage 14 second-half points, while the Blue Devils put 33 on the board to win going away.
St. Marys got a double-double from Kylie Wright with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Addie Furr added eight points to the cause, and Josey Moore hit for six – while getting five steals and five assists. The Blue Devils hit 22 field goals and came up big at the charity stripe (14-18). Paden City could only find the basket 13 times and was just 4-6 from the line.
Paden City will now turn its attention to the softball diamond, while the Blue Devils invade New Martinsville tonight, with a chance to knock off the top-seeded team.
Paden City Knocks-Off State-Ranked Trinity
Loy’s Double-Double Leads Wildcats
The Wildcats made the long trip to Morgantown worthwhile as they finished their regular season with a 45-40 double-overtime win over the state-ranked Warriors. Trinity took an early 9-7 first-quarter lead, but the Wildcats’ defense tightened up in the second period to double-up the home team, 10-5, and take a 17-14 lead into the locker room.
Hannah Loy ended the half with six points, and Raven Fulks had five. Trinity outscored the Wildcats, 8-7, in the third and pulled to within two with eight minutes to play in regulation. The Warriors tied the game in the fourth with a 9-7 run to send the game into overtime, tied at 31.
In the first overtime both schools hit for six points to make it 37-37, heading into the second extra frame. Paden City then went to work and scored eight points, to the home team’s three, to get the big upset win.
Loy led the way for the Wildcats with a game-high 20 points, six of which came in overtime, also pulling down 15 rebounds for a double-double. Abbe Stackpole added 10 markers, seven which came during the overtime. Raven Fulks hit for nine, while Paige Leonard and Skylar Fulks hit for four and two points. Madison Kline grabbed eight rebounds, and Loy also got six steals.
Paden City hit 14 field goals, including two 3-pointers, while Trinity hit 10 – including two 3’s. The Wildcats canned 15-28 free throws, to 14-25 for the home team. The ‘Cats finished the regular season with a respectible 9-12 record.