PADEN CITY -- After ending Paden City's season in convincing fashion on Friday night at St.Marys, the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights had high hopes of advancing to the sectional finals. To do so the Knights would have to win over a familiar foe - the states' fourth-ranked Class A team in the St. Marys' Blue Devils.
Just two weeks ago, the Knights took the Blues Devils down to the wire in a controversial game that St. Mary's won by one point. Tuesday's Feb. 21 game was a different story, however, as the Blue Devils took a commanding 19-6 first quarter lead and never looked back as they advanced to play Ritchie County at Paden City for the sectional championship.
St. Mary's upped its record to 17-6 with the win while the young Silver Knights finished an exciting season with a 10-13 record. After falling behind 12-0 at the start, the Knights had to play catch up and actually cut deep into the lead with less than a minute to play before halftime. However, the Blue Devils still held a nine-point advantage. Both teams scored 19 points in the third, but St. Marys put together a run in the fourth to out score the Knights 16-10 and come away with a 66-51 victory.
Photo by Tamie Weekley
Silver Knights’ Amanda Reynolds is checking the court ahead and making plans to drive down the middle.
"Our girls never gave up, and unfortunately that was probably the worst game we have played all season. We just couldn't get anything going but we battled through the whole game. To be down as far as we were and then come back, it says a lot about them," Knights' Coach Cathy Boggs said.
"We are excited. We are losing one senior, Aleah Black, who is an important piece, but we have kids ready to step in."
Leading the way for the Silver Knights was Josey Jones , who has been on fire the past few weeks averaging around 20 points per game. On Tuesday she hit a team-high 19 while also getting four assists and three steals.
Peyton Kocher added 10 points including three 3s plus three assists while Amanda Reynolds contributed eight points with six coming on two three's. JoLee Walton and Black each hit for seven. Black added two blocks and nine rebounds while Walton also grabbed six boards.
St Marys had three players hit in double digits with Whitney Jemison ending as the game's leading scorer with 20.
On a positive note, this was an exciting team to watch as it used a mostly sophomore lineup and, at times, performed like seasoned veterans. Now that basketball is over for 2017, it's on to softball and track where the Silver Knights girls are looking to have a banner year.
Good luck, Silver Knights girls, as you go into another season. You have made Tyler County proud. There is a lot of talent in Knightsville, but I especially want to say thanks to Aleah Black who worked so hard to become a great rebounder and shot blocker. That made a difference in every game!