Wildcats Break Into Win Column
The Wildcats came on strong behind Ty Cains 21 points and seven rebounds, to hand Union a 56-47 loss inside Bob Burton Gymnasium on Saturday, February 8, and get their first win of the season in a WVHIT tournament game.
The Cats put 28 first half points on the board with Cain getting 13 and Joel Moore adding nine, Walter Joy also added a three pointer in the first half. Union kept the game close with 21 first half points. The second half was back and forth , but the Wildcats kept up the pressure and used the strong inside game of Cains to take the half 28-25 to get the win. Cain who has missed several games this season due to injuries, was doubtful for the game because of a leg injury in the last game with South Harrison, however he added eight more points on inside buckets in the second hald to lead the way.
Moore added seven more in the second hald to end with 16 points, while grabbing eight rebounds and adding five steals. Joy a senior sharpshooter hit his secoond three of the game in the second half to finish with six points while adding four rebounds, three assists and a steal for an all-around good performance. Nick Clarke scored six points and grabbed six rebounds, and Jason Anderson scored three points all in the first quarter. Paxton Pierce hit two free throws to account for the rest of the Cats scoring total.
Paden City made 23-55 shot attempts and was 3-4 from the free throw line. They had a team total of 36 rebounds and 14 assists.
Union was led by the scoring of Daniel Savage with 20 points Devin Gaither hit for 16.
“Ty Cain came back with a vengenge and was unstoppable underneath today, ” Paden City coach Dave Riggle said. “Everyone else played very unselfishly, feeding the ball to him. I’m really proud of their effort today, and I’m very proud of Ty for battling back after a nagging knee injury and fighting the flu this week. He went to the basket physically strong today and gave us everything he had.”
South Harrison defeats Paden City 73-47
The host Wildcats fell behind 15-10 at the end of the first quarter and never recovered as the South Harrison Hawks hit 11 3-pointers on the night to hand the Wildcats their 16th loss of the season while still searching for a win.
Corey Boulden led the visitors in scoring with 21 points all coming on 3-point shots including four in the first half when the Hawks took a 37-31 halftime lead. Paden City managed to stay in the game in the first half behind Ty Cains 13 points which included three 3-pointers.
However the Wildcats faltered in the second half managing only eight points in the third and fourth periods while South Harrison came up big in the third with 24 points to put the game away. Boulden hit three of his seven long balls in the period while Hunter Lipps who finished the game with 19 points added seven in the third period for the visitosr. Cain hit his final four points in the third to finish the game with 17 and Walter Joy made a three, while Jason Anderson hit a free throw for all of the Cats third period total.
Joy who finished in double figures for the Cats with 11 hit a three in the fourth period as did Joel Moore who added nine points in the contest.
Cain and Nick Clarke each had seven rebounds, while Joy added four boards and had three assists. Moore has five steals in the game and three assists. Cain also added two steals and two assists for his nights work.
Paden City still searching for initial win
Paden City fell to Clay Battelle on Tuesday night, February 4, in Paden City as the 0-15 Wildcats dropped a tough 97-52 decision to the visitors. However the Wildcats fought hard throughout the contest. The Cee Bees took a quick lead in the first quarter jumping out to a 15 3 lead in the first four minutes before ending the frame at 33-15.
Paden City got 11 first quarter points from Ty Cain who played his second straight game since an early season injury that’s kept him on the bench. He finished the contest with 23 points to lead the Wildcats, while Walter Joy backed him up on the night with 14 markers. Cain hit five three pointers to pace the Cats while Joy’s total included two 3-pointers.
Joel Moore tacked on four points, while Brandon Hizer, Jason Anderson and Nick Clark each added three. Paxton Pierce hit for two points to the Cats total. Paden City hit a total of 18-47 field goals and went 6-8 from the free throw line. The Cats also had 32 rebounds with Anderson and Cain each grabbing six while Moore had five assists and three steals. Joy also added three assists and had four rebounds.
The Cee Bees had the games top scorer with L. Carrico who knocked in 24 markers, including 16 in the first half. His total included a 3-pointer and he haulded in seven rebounds plus six steals. Backing him up was Barr with 16, Shriver with 15, Casino with 15, and Chisler with 11.
“We are happy to have Ty Cian back on the playing floor. He adds a great presence for us around the basket, but he can also step out and hit the long ball. Walter Joy has been playing excellent basketball and Joel Moore can make things happen. We are still looking for a win, but I am confident we are getting better.
We sure play hard and the kids have a great attitude,” said coach Dave Riggle.