Wildcats Fall In OVAC Title
Paden City had chances in the deciding fifth set to put Conotton Valley away in the Class-A OVAC Finals Oct. 11 at Steubenville High School. However, the Conotton girls had other plans and were able to capitalize on Paden City miscues down the stretch to win the OVAC Class-A Championship.
The Lady ‘Cats won the opener 27-25, but fell big in the second set, 6-25. However, Paden City mustered up an impressive third set and won it 25-23. Conotton Valley would force the deciding fifth set with a come-from-behind 20-25 win in the fourth and win the deciding fifth set 9-15.
Graeson Baker led the Wildcats charge with 17 points, including a service ace. She added three kills, two assists and one dig, while Aubrey Neff tacked on 12 points one kill, one, dig and dished out 30 assists on 126 sets for a good night’s work.
In addition, Taylor Cosper scored 10 points and bumped up 10 digs, while drilling two kills and making an assist. Abby Still tallied nine points and committed first degree with 14 kills, four blocks, three digs, one assists and one picture perfect service ace.
The dynamic duo of Haley Hizer and Megan Pierce combined for 14 points, 25 kills, four blocks and a pair of digs. Cydney Blatt added five kills, while Kallie Arnett drilled one, and Dezirae Middleton a dig for all the Wildcat stats.
Conotton Valley’s towering Olivia Bower slammed 25 kills and blocked seven Wildcat shots at the net. She also scored eight points. In addition, Valley’s Samantha Malcolm contributed 10 kills, four blocks and scored 20 points to lead the way for the championship.
Other OVAC winners included Steubenville Catholic defeating Toronto in Class-2A; Buckeye Trail knocked off Shenandoah in Class-3A; Meadowbrook sank East Liverpool in Class-4A; and Morgantown took care of Indian Creek in Class-5A.
Paden City Lady Wildcat fans stormed the Bob Burton Gymnasium after Haley Hizer blasted a kill for the game-winner against Weirton Madonna that advanced them into the OVAC Class-A Championship Oct. 11 against Conotton Valley Oct. 11 at Steubenville High School.
Paden City opened the best of the three-set semifinal match with a 5-2 advantage that included a pair of Abby Still slams and a beautiful dink by Aubrey Neff. However, Madonna knotted the game at five before the ‘Cats’ Cydney Blatt recorded two straight kills to retake the lead in the first set.
The Lady Blue Dons wouldn’t go away and tied the set at 11 and never trailed again in winning the opening set 20-25.
In the second set, the Lady Wildcats raced out to a commanding 5-1 lead, led by a Taylor Cosper service ace and two Hizer kills.