The cold wintry mix of recent weather is keeping regularly scheduled high school basketball games and other activities from being played due to WVSSAC rules. Locally, Paden City's boys managed to get two games in last week while the Silver Knights played once, on the road.
The Wildcats handed the Montcalm Generals the loss at Paden City on Jan. 31 in a big way, 81-37 in the first round of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament.
The 'Cats could not miss the basket in the first period, putting up 23 points while holding the Generals to only five to take a demanding lead in the game and never looked back as they took the win.
The main highlight of the game for the Green and White came in the fourth period when junior stand-out, Kennedy Cain, hit his 1,000 career point mark on a beauty of a three-point fade-away.
"The coaching staff and players on our team are all very proud of Kennedy and his accomplishments," said Paden City Head Coach Fred King. "Kennedy has worked extremely hard both in and out of season and it has paid off on the court. He's worked very hard, but a lot of people have also contributed to his successful efforts over the past three years including his family and past and present team mates."
"This young man is the perfect example of what one can achieve with God-given talent and hard work. We're very, very proud of him."
Cain led the Wildcats in the game with 32 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. Junior Zach Heasley chimed in with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and a block; Deven Price chalked up 10 points, had seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal; Luke Cooper scored nine, had three rebounds, three assists, four steals, and a block; Aaron Heasley, eight points, one assist; Craig Allen, four points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals; and Hayden Hizer, four points, six rebounds, four assists, and four steals.
The Wildcats felt the sting of loss on Jan. 30 as they fell to Beallsville, 58-50. Beallsville led by nine at the half, and though the 'Cats put together a strong fourth period, it was too-little-too-late to get the win.
Cain again led the team with 23 points. He also pulled down seven rebounds and had a steal. Zach Heasley totaled 16 points, had three rebounds and two assists; Allen scored five, had one rebound, three assists; Cooper, three points, three rebounds, an assist and two steals; and Hizer scored three, had six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
The Wildcats are scheduled to take part in the Rotary Challenge on Feb. 6 at 5:15 p.m. against the River Pilots.
Tyler Consolidated played at Ritchie County on Feb. 1 and came away without the win, 56-39. While statistics are not complete for this game, freshman Jace Reed led the Silver Knights with 10 points in the contest.
The Silver Knights are scheduled to participate in the Rotary Challenge in New Martinsville on Thursday against Bishop Donahue. The game is scheduled to be the second game on the card that night with the first game to begin at 5:15 p.m.