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Girls' Basketball: Paden City Wins in Overtime

February 18, 2012
By TRACY WATSON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

PADEN CITY - It was just one of those night's for Coach Kelly Sine's Paden City girls' basketball team.

The Wildcats struggled mightily from the floor, hitting 12 of 62 shots for a woeful 19 percent, and played much of the first three quarters without their leading scorer, senior Dominque Craft.

But facing adversity, and sectional elimination, Paden City did what it needed to in the end, and Craft more than made up for all her minutes on the bench by scoring 11 of her game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Craft hit 3 of 4 charity tosses in the extra session and Logan Cosper shook off a tough shooting performance to nail a big 3-pointer in overtime as the Wildcats outlasted Calhoun County, 47-43, in a West Virginia Class A, Region One, Section Two play-in game at the Bob Burton Gymnasium.

Not only was Friday night's victory the Cats' first sectional victory on the home hardwood, it is their first sectional triumph anywhere since 2002. Up next for Paden City (5-16) is a Monday night showdown with powerful Parkersburg Catholic at Ritchie County High School.

"These kids at this high school are something else," Sine said. "We ask so much of them in athletics. There aren't many of them, but we ask them to participate in everything they possibly can.

"So finally, this week, after everything else has ended, our girls managed to get back to focusing on basketball, and I they showed what they are capable of."

Neither team was able to mount much offense in the opening half. With Craft sitting out the final 9:52 with three fouls, the Red Devils (2-19) managed to take a 6-4 lead after one.

The hosts rolled off the next seven points for an 11-6 reading before Calhoun dropped in six in a row for a 12-11 count. But Lynsey Parsons' 3-pointer with just 14 ticks showing sent the Wildcats to the half with a 14-12 advantage.

Both teams managed to trade the lead back and forth in the second half with a 23-all score after three and a 36-36 deadlock at the end of regulation. Paden City actually killed the final 1:30, but Craft missed on two chances inside before the buzzer.

Cosper's 3 to open the extra period meant the Wildcats wouldn't trail again, although the Devils did forge a 43-43 tie. Craft's free throw with 1:01 to go proved to be the game-winner while Cosper added another and Craft two more for a little insurance with 10 seconds to go.

Ironically, while Paden City struggled so much from the floor, its final basket of the third quarter, only three hoops of the fourth and first of overtime were all 3-pointers.

Craft had 11 rebounds to complete a double-double while Amanda Heasley scored five points and pulled down a game-high 13 missed shots. Kayla Hizer and Parsons also played a big part while Craft was sitting, combining for 15 total points.

Paden City owned a 43-38 edge on the glass and turned the ball over 20 times, two less than Calhoun.

"What a player Dominque Craft is, she really came through in the clutch for us," Sine added. "I told these girls the first day of practice that hitting free throws can win some big games and it sure did.

"We practiced well all week and I felt the kids were very mentally focused. Now we have a tough one ahead of us in Parkersburg Catholic. We will have to prepare hard for their pressure, man-to-man defense, but we also welcome the challenge."

Amber Wilford paced the Red Devils with 11 points.

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