Lady ‘Cats Fall Short In Loss
The Paden City Wildcats’ Erika Sapp knocked in a team-high nine points, but it wasn’t enough to get past Wood County Christian Jan. 18 at Bob Burton Gymnasium.
Paden City’s Alli Bertozzi got the party started when she took an inbound pass and drove non-stop through a parcel of Warriors for the game’s first points. After a Wood County basket, Bertozzi hit Sapp twice inside and Sapp delivered, plus one, when she was fouled, to give the hosts their largest lead of the game, 7-4, midway through the opening period. Wood County responded with a couple baskets, sandwiched by a ‘Cat free throw to take a 9-8 lead after one period of play.
It took the Wildcats three minutes to score in the second period on a basket by Bertozzi, while Wood County tallied major points to jump way ahead. However, Amanda Heasley came off the bench and swished a deuce to breakup the Wood County run and to pull the ‘Cats to within five, 18-13, after a free throw by Megan Cutlip.
The Lady Warriors went on the prowl and pushed their lead to 24-16 at the break after a Dominique Craft three-point bucket.
Paden City played Wood County even the rest of the way, but was out-scored 15-12 by the once-beaten Lady Warriors.
Bertozzi followed Sapp with six points, while Cutlip dropped in four points, and Craft, four. Courtney Conaway and Amanda Tallman each were held to a free throw.
Paden City will look to take the season series when they take on Hundred tonight at 7 p.m. at the Hornets Nest.