Wildcats Split Two Games
Bishop Donahue 75,
Paden City 54
The Paden City Wildcats fell behind 25-11 and couldn’t recover, losing 75-54 to Bishop Donahue Jan. 15 inside Bob Burton Gymnasium.
Bishop and the Wildcats each scored only six markers in the second period and 21 in the fourth period. However, a 23-16 Bishop run and the first quarter was all Donahue needed to get the victory.
Kennedy Cain tallied a team-high 17 boards, while Luke Cooper and Zach Heasley shared 27 points, including a pair of bonus bombs. All three hauled in six rebounds and point guard Hayden Hizer tacked on three points and dished out six assists. Deven Price netted four markers, while Craig Allen swished a free throw.
The Wildcats were 20-43 from the floor and made 12-20 from the charity line.
Paden City 93,
Three ‘Cats – Kennedy Cain, Luke Cooper and Zach Heasley – each recorded double-doubles to lead Paden City to a 93-35 victory over their county rival Hundred Jan. 14 inside the Bob Burton Gymnasium.
Hundred’s Holden Moore knocked down three of his four bonus bombs in the first quarter and Andrew King swished another one. However, the Wildcats would score 27 points in the opening stanza before the Hornets trimmed the deficit to 29-22 in the second period. But the Wildcats took care of business and headed into the locker room up 52-29.
The Wildcat offense continued to produce in the third frame, netting 25 points. The defense held Hundred to only a field goal in the period and two goals in the fourth to get the win.
Cain led the way with 33 points, 11 rebounds and six steals for Paden City. Cooper followed with 18 points, 11 boards, four steals and three blocks, while Heasley netted 11 points, hauled in 10 rebounds, dished out nine assists and made seven steals.
In addition, Craig Allen tacked on 13 markers, including one from long range, while Hayden Hizer contributed a dozen points, including a pair of long range bombs. Hizer also dished out six assists and made four steals. Deven Price and Aaron Heasley each recorded a deuce.
Moore paced the Hornets with 16 points, including four baskets from beyond the arc, while King and Danny Stewart each contributed six points.
In addition, Joe Mars tallied three points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Ethan Umstead and Derek Crihfield each tallied a deuce.
“We played a very good ball game for a half,” said Hornet Head Coach Brian Bartlett. “But after that, the wheels fell off and we couldn’t break the press, nor could we score. “If we could have put together four quarters of basketball, it could have been a great game.”