Cooper Reaches 1,000 Point-Mark
Paden City made only two baskets in the fourth period, but sank 13-of-16 free throws to lift the Wildcats to a 57-54 victory over Valley in boys’ basketball action Dec. 29 in Pine Grove.
The Wildcats’ Luke Cooper was a man on a mission on this night. He tallied a game-high 24 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc to help him reach the 1,000 point plateau for his career, while hauling in 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Paden City raced out to a quick 19-9 lead after one period of play, but played even ball in the second stanza for a 32-22 advantage at the break.
The Lumberjacks doubled up the Wildcats, 16-8, in the third period to pull to within, 40-38, with a period to go before the Wildcats scored 13 points at the free throw line, to go with a pair of deuces to gain the nod.
Valley missed several opportunities to cash in on fast breaks, but missed 21 shots inside the paint along with 12-of-19 from the free thrown line that hurt any chances to get the win.
Cooper led all-scorers with 24 points, including 5-of-6 from the free throw line, while Aaron Heasley netted 13 markers that included a pair of bonus bombs to pace the Wildcats. Hayden Hizer had a solid game at the point, netting nine markers, that included a pair of long range bonus bombs.
In addition, Logan Carroll dropped in eight points, while Zach Yeater was held to a season-low two points for the 4-2 Wildcats.
Joey Preat was high man in the scoring column for the Lumberjacks. He tallied 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for a double-double, while Dylan Irvin netted 14 points and hauled in five rebounds.
In addition, Tucker Cain tallied 15 points, including the only three-ball for the Lumberjacks, while Trey Streets netted seven markers for all the Valley scoring.