Hornets Sting Wildcats, 93-66
The Paden City Wildcats sank 10 baskets from beyond the arc, but it wasn’t enough as the Hundred Hornets split the season series with a 93-66 victory before a nice Hundred crowd on Jan.10.
The Wildcats’ Ethan Cross started off with one of his four first quarter baskets from beyond the arc, but Adam Stephens matched it with a three-ball of his own to tie it up. However, the ‘Cats Jason Anderson quickly followed that up with a deuce, but Aaron Stephens matched it with a deuce of his own to even things up once more.
The Wildcats started to get separation with back-to-back long-range bonus bombs, but the Hornets’ Cody Soles caught fire and scored two quick baskets that included a rebound put-back and a steal and a deuce to close the gap.
Soles scored a conventional three-point play in between a Anderson two-pointer and another triple by Cross before a Hundred time-out with the ‘Cats on top, 16-12, with 3:39 left in period one.
After the break, the Hornets’ Travis McCoy and the Wildcat’s Anderson each put back a miss before Soles quickly scored three straight baskets to give the home team its first lead of the night at 20-18. Norris added a steal and a basket before Cross sank his fourth triple of the quarter. Norris closed out the period with a bonus bomb with Hundred now leading, 25-21.
Aaron Stephens opened the second period with his first of three baskets from beyond the arc, while Soles scored a trio of three-point baskets to help push the lead to 49-37 at the break.
The Wildcats’ Ty Cain kept the Wildcats within reach, as he tallied 12 of the ‘Cats 16 second-quarter points.
McCoy and Aaron Stephens scored the first six points to open the third period before Trey Slider scored the visitors first bucket, off a behind-the-back assist. McCoy, Norris and Soles each followed with baskets to extend the lead to 62-45 at the three-minute mark, forcing a PCHS time-out.
After the break, the ‘Cats Saxon, Cain and Cross each hit consecutive baskets that forced Hundred to call a time-out. And after their break, McCoy drilled a turn-around jumper, followed by Aaron Stephens two-pointer, and two free throws by McCoy.
The Wildcats followed with a Newman deuce, and Cross swished a very long three-pointer at the buzzer to close the gap to 68-50, with eight minutes remaining in the game.
Soles hit two straight baskets before assisting on a basket by McCoy, and ended with a Soles free throw that brought down the Hornets Nest home crowd. The ‘Cats Slider quieted the crowd with a Slider two-pointer from a nifty Walter Joy assist. But just as fast, McCoy answered with a deuce off a nice ditsy-doddle assist from Soles.
Joy and Cain scored a triple and a deuce, respectively, that caused another time-out by Hundred. Soles would score his last two baskets, back-to-back, before Slider scored a deuce.
Hundred scored 10 of the last 15 points, including a McCoy conventional three-point play to end the game.
Soles stuffed the stat book with close to a triple-double with 30 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, five steals and five blocked shots. McCoy tacked on a double-double with 22 points and 24 rebounds, while swatting away two shots. Norris and Aaron Stephens scored 19 and 16 points, respectively, while Norris and Aaron each grabbed five rebounds, and Aaron dished out six assists.
In addition, Adam Stephens scored a basket from beyond the arch, two rebounds, steals and assists, while Andrew Zedell scored a tip-in and grabbed just as many rebounds.
Cross paced the Wildcats with 22 points, including six long-range bonus bombs, while Cain and Saxon tallied 14 and 10 points, respectively. Slider scored nine points, with a three-ball, while Anderson scored six points. Joy tickled the twine from long range, while Newman sank a deuce for all the Paden City scoring.
Beallsville Busts Hundred’s Bubble, Wins 62-45
The Beallsville Blue Devils outscored the Hundred Hornets, 22-13, in the opening quarter, and never looked back in handing the Hornets a 62-47 loss on Jan. 11 in Beallsville territory, the day after the Hornets man-handled Paden City in a big Hornet victory.
Travis McCoy led Hundred with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Logan Norris added 11 points with one bonus bomb. Teammates Cody Soles and Cole Hendershot each tallied six points, with Soles knocking one in from downtown.
In addition, Aaron Stephens scored two baskets, while Andrew Zedell swished his first varsity basket from beyond the arc. Christian Fluharty and Joseph White each scored a bucket, while Adam Stephens grabbed four rebounds.
Beallsville was paced by Adam Baker and Wyatt Brown with 41 combined points. Dakota Phillips netted 11 points for all the Beallsville double-digit scorers.