ST. MARYS -- Tyler Consolidated and Paden City hooked up on Friday in the Class A section 2 tournament and the Silver Knights' dominated from start to finish.
The Wildcats had trouble getting shots in the first half and managed only four points with two coming in each quarter to fall behind 30-4 at the break. Paden City picked up the pace some in the second half outscoring the Knights 21-20, but it wasn't enough to overcome the big first half advantage.
Tyler Consolidated had three players in double figures with Josey Jones and JoLee Walton leading the way with 14 points each while senior center Aleah Black managed 10. For the Wildcats, Hannah Loy and Paige Leonard both dropped in 12 with one three pointer each. Also scoring for Paden City was Alli Suter with a bucket.
Photo by Tamie Weekley
No matter who wins or the score, Silver Knights and Wildcats show their class and sportsmanship by shaking hands at the end of the game.
"The girls have been playing good basketball. We set the tone in the first half and then let up a little in the second. Paden City played hard. We just made the plays we needed to. Aleah once again was able dominate the boards and around the basket. Hopefully, we can get another one and move on," Knights' Coach Cathy Boggs said.
The Silver Knights got six points from Peyton Kocher, three from Amanda Reynolds and two each from Miranda Weekley and Cora Grimm to round out the scoring. Black added a game high 13 rebounds, three blocks and five steals.
Jones added four assists, three steals and a block while Walton got six boards and two steals. Weekley had a good floor game with four assists and two steals. The Silver Knights improved to 10-12 with the win while Paden City fell to 5-17 as their season came to an end.
"We battled hard all year and played a nice second half tonight. Although we finished the season on a losing note, I am very proud of the effort these girls have put out all season. They have improved. We are a young team and we will have several back next year plus some nice girls coming in from middle school," Wildcats' Coach Allen Miller said. "Tyler has a nice team. Give them all the credit - they came to play and by halftime we were in a hole that we couldn't get out of."