‘Cats Split Four
The first match after winning the OVAC Class-A crown, Paden City would tangle with Class-AAAA power John Marshall and Class-AAA power Tyler Consolidated in Wildcat territory on Oct. 19.
The Lady Monarchs won the first set, 25-20, and Paden City returned the favor and smacked John Marshall with a 21-25 victory to set up the third set and tie breaker.
The smaller and less experienced Wildcats gave PCHS Head Coach Fred King everything they had, but left everything on the Bob Burton Gymnasium floor in a 25-23 loss.
“We don’t back down from playing anybody,” said Coach King. “To be the best you must play the best and that’s what we try to do with this program. We will now go against another Class-AAA power in Magnolia and one of the best Class-A schools in the state in Williamstown later this week.”
PCHS junior setter Logan Cosper had a monster game. She scored 14 points, seven digs, 28 assists on 106 sets, while freshmen Graeson Baker and Haley Hizer combined for 26 points and eight digs.
Another Wildcat junior, Lynnsie Parsons, scored eight points, six kills, and nine digs, while sophomore Josie Fox added four digs. However, seniors Amanda Heasley and Dominique Craft teamed for 20 points, 29 kills, and 14 digs to help keep all the matches close.
In their first match of the season, Paden City claimed the nod in Kidwell against Tyler Consolidated, but after falling 25-23 in the first set, the Tyler County girls won the next two sets, 18-25 and 13-25, to split the season series.
Baker paced the Lady Wildcats with 12 points, while Heasley accounted for 11 points, eight kills, and 13 digs. Hizer chipped in with nine points, while Craft and Parsons teamed for 13 points, 18 kills, and 28 digs for a fine outing. Cosper contributed four points, 96 sets, and 16 assists, while Fox tallied eight digs.
The Paden City Wildcats won their 28-29 match of the season after beating both Clay-Battelle, 25-17 and 25-9, and East Richland Christian, 25-9 and 25-10, in two straight sets, Oct. 20 in Bob Burton Gymnasium.
Baker scored 24 points, while Craft and Heasley tallied 20 and 17 points, respectively, in the two matches. Parsons followed with 14 points, while Cosper and Hizer tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Craft and Heasley teamed for 30 kills, while Cosper added 36 assists. Parsons added eight kills and Fox netted a dozen digs.