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Paden City Claims H.I.T. Tournament Title

By Staff | Feb 17, 2016

Photo by Ron Heasley The Paden City boys’ basketball team pose after winning the Division II H.I.T championship

Paden City used a 23-13 run in the final eight minutes to beat Meadowbridge, 59-50, in the Division II Home Town Invitational Tournament, Feb. 13 inside the RCB High School Gymnasium.

The Wildcats outscored Meadowbridge 8-6 in the opening period and held on for a 23-12 halftime advantage.

Meadowbridge went on a 25-13 run in the third period to take the lead heading into the final period before the Wildcats responded in a big way to win its second Division II championship.

Luke Cooper led the way offensively with 17 points, including one triple. He also grabbed seven boards and rejected three Meadowbridge shots, while Aaron Heasley and Logan Carroll combined for 21 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc.

In addition, Zach Yeater tallied eight points, while Devin Price tacked on three points. Paden City sank 18 goals and sank 9-27 free throws.

Meadowbridge was led by Dylan and Page Walker with 30 of the teams 50 points. Cooper was chosen the Paden Citys MVP of the tournament.

Paden City Nips Meadowbridge, 46-42 In HIT

Zach Yeater scored 13 points, including a trio of baskets from beyond the arc, to help the Wildcats claim a 46-42 victory over Meadowbridge in boys’ HIT semifinal Consolation action in Fayette County Feb. 5.

The Wildcats went in front, 12-7, after one period of play, and added six more in the second stanza for a 18-11 advantage at the half.

The game heated up in the second half as the Wildcats outscored their hosts, 17-12 to go out in front 35-23, and held off a 10-11 Meadowbridge rally to get the win.

Hayden Hizer, Devin Price and Aaron Heasley each contributed eight tallies, while Luke Cooper sank three baskets and Logan Carroll a three-ball.

Wildcats Claw Hornets, 72-46 in OVAC Consolation Tilt

The Wildcats’ Luke Cooper and Aaron Heasley each recorded double-doubles to lead the Paden City Wildcats to a convincing 72-46 victory in the OVAC consolation meeting with county rival Hundred on Feb. 11 inside the Bob Burton Gymnasium.

Cooper opened the game off with a deuce, while teammate Devin Price netted a two-pointer after picking the pocket of a Hornet player to give the hosts a quick 4-0 lead. The Wildcats would then work the ball inside to their big man Cooper for some easy buckets and would hold a 19-10 first quarter lead.

In the second stanza, it was a little more of the same as the home team compiled a 37-19 advantage with the help of some long range shooting by Heasley and Zach Yeater.

Paden City looked to blow the game wide-open in the third period, out-scoring Hundred 24-6 in the period for a very comfortable, 61-25 lead with eight minutes remaining in regulation.

Hundred went on a 21-11 run in the final period to make the game respectable. Holden Moore paced the Hornets with 22 points, that included three triples and added eight rebounds and made five steals, while Danny Stewart added 17 points.

In addition, Preston Kuhn added three points, while Tyler Norris and Logan Moore each sank a deuce.

For the Wildcats, Cooper led the charge with a game-high 31 points, while Yeater and Heasley each tallied 14 points. Price followed with six points, while Logan Carroll, netted four. Trey Slider sank a deuce, while Hayden Hizer finished off the scoring for the Wildcats, sank a free throw, and dished out seven assists.

In the junior varsity game the Paden City guys made it a clean sweep, winning 44-37 in a close one. Seth Bohrer paced the Wildcat bunch with 12 points, while Devon Kimble and Billy Mace scored 10 and nine points, respectively for the Hornets.

‘Cats Drops One To Man, 56-36

Paden City traveled to the Charleston Feb. 8 to participate in the Little Generals Big House Civic Center Classic against the Man Hillbillies, and came home with a 57-36 loss.

The Wildcats stayed close to the Hillbillies for the biggest part of three periods before Man took advantage of three straight Wildcat turnovers to grab a 16 point advantage with eight minutes remaining.

However, the Wildcat shooting woes continued, while the Hillbillies cashed in on the Wildcats cold-shooting to gain the 21 point victory.

Cooper led the Paden Wildcats with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Heasley was two points shy of a double-double with 14 rebounds. Hizer dropped in two buckets and a free throw, while Yeater tacked a deuce.