Paden City Falls to Calhoun County
Paden City traveled to Calhoun County on Thursday night, February 15, to take on the Cougars in a boys high school basketball game. The Cats were riding a two game win streak and looking to get another, but Calhoun quickly established the tempo and opened up a 15-7 first quarter lead to boost them to a 54-34 victory.
The Wildcats got a strong performance from freshman guard Joel Moore who ended as the games leading scorer with 25 points. Moore also added three rebounds, three steals and two assists. The Wildcats only had three players score in the contest with senior guard Walter Joy backing up Moore with two 3-pointers, six rebounds and four assists. Jason Anderson hit three free throws for the rest of the Cats point total. Ty Cain provided six rebounds and two assists in the game.
Adam Parsons was the big gun for the Cougars finishing the night with 22 points, on four field goals and 8-12 shooting from the free throw line. He was backed by teammate Nick Moore with 16 markers. Chase Blair added eight points for Calhoun.
Paden City hit 13 field goals including five three’s while getting just six free throws and making six. Calhoun however, hit 19 field goals including six three’s and sinking 10-15 from the foul line.
“Calhoun has a very nice ball club. They have good shooters and are well coached, a couple of their players are 1,000 point scorers. We played hard, our effort is there, but we had trouble finding the basket,” said Wildcat Coach Dave Riggle.
Paden City wins again
Paden City got the taste of victory this past week with a big win over Union high school to make a 16 game losing streak and followed that up with a 49-46 win over Conotton Valley on Monday, February 10, at Bob Burton gymnasium in Paden City.
The Wildcats jumped on top early behind freshman Joel Moores’ two 3-pointers i the first quarter to grab a 15-6 lead after eight minutes. Conotton Valley inched closer in the second frame as they scored 11 points to the Wildcats eight, making in 23-17 at the break in the Cats favor.
Coming out after the haltime break Conotton Valley put together a nice third quarter to grab a one point lead 31-30 heading into the final eight minutes. Paden City fought back however behing Ty Cains seven fourth quarter points to outscoure the visitors 19-15 for the three point win.
Leading the Wildcats in scoring for a trio of double figure scores led by Cain with 14 points and eight rebounds, while senior Walter Joy ended with 13 points including two 3-point shots, three assists and three rebounds. Moore contributed 13 points as well including the two three’s while adding three assists, three rebounds and two steals. Nick Clarke came through with seven markers and Jason Anderson got a basket to finish the scoring for the Cats.
For the visitors Mauge had a game high 20 points while Galligher hit for 10 and Imes added 11.
“We played another good basketball game. I am real proud of the way the boys have stuck together throuugh thick and thin. Ty Cain has really given us a lift the past two games and the other kids are stepping up their play as well, “said Coach Dave Riggle
“We had a nice lead and then let up a little, but you could see the kids wanted this game and they came back big in the fourth period with the Wildcat never quit attitude and it paid off.”