Boys basketball teams are stepping up their level of play here near the end of their season, hoping to peak during upcoming Sectionals and Regionals. Both the Tyler Consolidated Knights and Paden City Wildcats have suffered defeats in the last week, but each will be looking to improve on their season record in the next couple of weeks.
It was a triple header at Tyler Consolidated on Feb. 8 as the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity all competed against teams from Wirt County. The Knight freshmen came away with the win, 77-32 while the junior varsity team fell to the visitors, 50-45. The Silver and Black freshmen were led by Austin Thompson with 22 points. Blake Carpenter scored 17 points to lead the Consolidated JV team.
The varsity team came out on the short end of the 76-65 score with the Tigers, but put up a valiant effort throughout the game. By the half, the Knights found themselves trailing by eight points, 40-32, and just were not able to put enough points on the scoreboard by game's end to get the win.
Senior Darren Heintzman led all Knight scorers in the game with a double/double on the night scoring 20 points and hauling in 14 rebounds. Dylan Romine also double/doubled with 16 points and 12 rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot and four steals; Scott Sole added eight points, had four rebounds, one assist and one steal; Dylan Reynolds, five points, four assists; Drew Casey, five points; Cole Kocher, five points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal; Randall Eastham, four points, six rebounds, one assist and five blocked shots; and Tim Edwards scored two points, had four rebounds and one assist.
The Silver Knights played host to Parkersburg Catholic on Feb. 12
It was Wildcats contesting Wildcats on Feb. 8 as Paden City traveled to Summersville to face off with Meadow Bridge in the championship of the Hometown Invitational Tournament. Though the game quickly became a defensive battle, Fred King's charges fell just short of getting the win, 52-41, and bringing home second place in the tournament.
In a low scoring first half, Paden City held their opponents to only two points in the first period of play and led by two points at the half, 13-11.
Meadow Bridge charged back in the second half though, making their shots count and adding to their side of the scoreboard to get the win, while missing free throws on Paden City's part played a role as well.
Sophomore Kennedy Cain put 18 points on the scoreboard for P.C. He also brought down five rebounds and had two assists in the game. Zach Heasley scored nine points, had seven rebounds, stole the ball twice and had two assists.
Luke Cooper chipped in eight points, had eight rebounds and one assist; Drew Bidwell contributed six points, pulled down five rebounds, had one steal and three assists; and Brandon Cross was credited with four rebounds, one assist and two steals.
The loss was the Wildcat's sixth of the year to 12 wins.
The team is scheduled to play at Williamstown on Feb. 18.