Lady ‘Cats Win H.I.T. Opener
Paden City 48, Union 16
In the inaugural Home Town Invitational Tournament for girls Jan. 12, the top seed Lady Wildcats made only 20 shots out of 95 attempts, but defeated Union Grant 48-16 inside Bob Burton Gymnasium.
In a sloppy first period, the Wildcats led 8-6, but would score eight unanswered points in the second period to hold a 16-6 advantage at the break.
Paden City used its defensive quickness and offensive rebounding to widen its lead to 28-8 with one period remaining.
Kayla Barker came off the bench to pace the Lady Wildcats with eight points, while Logan Cosper netted seven markers. Hannah Stanley, Kayla Hizer, and Taylor Cosper each recorded six points, while Myah Charkawi provided five points that included a three-ball.
In addition, Darien Ritchie netted four markers, while Lynnsie Parsons, Kelsey Loy, and Cydney Blatt each contributed a deuce.
Paden City grabbed 53 rebounds, with 21 of them coming on the offensive boards. Blatt led the way with 11 rebounds, while Charkawi hauled in nine. Taylor and Logan Cosper had seven and six steals, respectively. From the free throw line, the Lady Wildcats shot a cold seven of 20.
With the win over Union, the Lady ‘Cats evened their record to 6-6 on the season.
Bishop Donahue 42,
Paden City 26,
In the last HIT game before the matchup with Union Grant, the Lady Wildcats (5-6) couldn’t get a bucket in the fourth period against Bishop Donahue (3-9) and dropped a disappointing 42-26 decision in Bob Burton Gymnasium Jan. 8.
Only behind 5-4 after one period of play, the Wildcats took a 19-17 lead with them into the locker room.
However, Bishop outscored Paden City 25-7 in the second half of action that included no points in the fourth by the hosts.
Charkawi paced the Green with eight markers, nine rebounds, and two blocked shots, while Parsons and Stanley evenly divided a dozen. Taylor Cosper and Logan Cosper scored four and two points, respectively. Taylor Cosper added five assists and made three steals. Cydney Blatt didn’t score, but she hauled in eight boards for the Wildcats.
After a date with Tyler Consolidated Tuesday evening, the Wildcats will entertain the Hundred Lady Hornets Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. with the junior varsity game and the varsity matchup to follow.
Tyler Consolidated 81,
Paden City 36
The Tyler Consolidated Lady Silver Knights were up 46-20 at halftime and never looked back in humbling Paden City 81-36 in Kidwell Jan. 14.
Consolidated scored the game’s first two baskets, but the Green bounced back to grab the lead at 6-4. However, the Lady Silver wouldn’t have any more of that and went on an 18-5 run to close out period one and climb to the top for good. Tyler finished period the in style, scoring the game’s final 15 points to go up 67-32.
The second half was a little of the same, with the Knights gaining the nod and boosting their season to 7-6 while the Lady ‘Cats fell to 6-7.
Myah Charkawi posted an 18-point effort, including five baskets from beyond the arc, to lead the Paden City cause. Logan Cosper added 10 points, Cydney Blatt tacked on six markers, and Kelsey Loy put up a deuce.
For the Silver Knights, Sophie Kinnard and Torrye Cline teamed for 47 points and 26 rebounds to lead Tyler Consolidated.