Paden City 65, Hundred 35
Kennedy Cain and Luke Cooper teamed for 34 points, 18 rebounds, and 12 assists to lead the Paden City Wildcats to their fifth straight victory with a 65-35 win over the Hundred Hornets in Bob Burton Gymnasium Dec. 18.
The 'Cats took an 11-4 lead after the first period, but the Hornets kept pace and trimmed the Wildcat advantage to 22-17 at the break.
Paden City erupted for 25 points in the third period and limited the Hornets to only five points to grab a comfortable 47-22 advantage with one quarter remaining.
Both teams combined to score 31 points, with the 'Cats putting up 18 points to Hundred's 13 markers to end the contest.
"We played very good defense the first half," said Hornet Head Coach Ryan May. "We just ran out of gas in the second half."
Cain led all scorers with 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Cooper finished the night with 15 points, nine rebounds, and a game-high eight assists.
In addition, Zach Heasley netted nine points, while Brandon Cross tallied seven points. Drew Bidwell and Craig Allen each added four markers, while Kane Pyles tallied three points. Logan Carroll swished a deuce and Bidwell added five steals.
For the Hornets, Brandon Armstrong led the charge with 10 points, while Greg Stewart netted six points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. The rest of the Hornet scoring included Hunter Goddard, five points; Holden Moore, four; Kirk Shriver three; Chris Varner and Andrew King two points each; and Davin Copeland one point.
River 55, Bridgeport 40
The Pilots' Brett "The Hit Man" Price netted a season-high 25 points to pace River to a 55-40 victory over the home-standing Bridgeport Bulldogs Dec. 18.
After a sluggish start, the Pilots held a slight 16-12 advantage, but in the second period, Price was right on, scoring 13 of his game-high 25 points to give the visitors a comfortable 30-22 lead at the break. River went on to outscore the Bulldogs 25-18 in the second half to improve their record to 4-1 on the season.
Besides the 25 points by Price, Cody Caldwell netted 10 points and Jordan Indermuhle put in seven markers. Matt Marconi delivered four markers, while Chad Isaly drained three freebies. Eric Dierkes tacked on three points, while Kameron Brown tallied a deuce.
Clay-Battelle 56, Valley 35
The Clay-Battelle Cee-Bees raced out to a 46-20 lead and never looked back in beating the Valley Lumberjacks 56-35 in Pine Grove Dec. 18.
Jack Wells paced the 'Jacks with a team-high 11 points that included a three-point basket, while Trey Streets knocked in a trio of baskets from beyond the arc.
In addition, Hayden Lancaster tacked on seven markers, while Tristen Kocher and Jordan Anderson each put up three points.
Cameron 82, Valley 44
The Cameron Dragons opened with a 22-9 count, before heading into the locker room with a commanding 41-19 against the Valley Lumberjacks, Dec. 20 in Pine Grove and never looked back, winning 82-44. Tristen Kocher and Jack Wells teamed for 25 points to pace the 'Jacks, while Trey Streets knocked in a pair of three point baskets. In addition, Tyler Hayes netted two baskets, while Hayden Lancaster drained a triple for Valley. Ryan Lemley, Troy Hubbard, and Jordan Anderson each added a deuce.
The 'Jacks will try to get back on track when they tangle with the Paden City Wildcats, Dec. 28, at Valley High School, with tip-off scheduled at 7:30 p.m..