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Girls' Basketball: Silver Knights best Wildcats

January 14, 2013
By TRACY WATSON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

KIDWELL - It took about five minutes for Tyler Consolidated to get rolling Monday night.

When Coach Matt Kinnard's Knights did catch fire, there was very little Paden City could do to stop them, including getting out of their own way.

Sophia Kinnard and Torrye Cline combined for 47 points and 26 rebounds to lead four double-figure scorers and Tyler Consolidated took advantage of 37 Wildcats turnovers in blasting its way to a convincing 81-36 victory at Tyler Consolidated High School.

The victory pushed the Silver Knights over the .500 mark at 7-6, while dropping Coach Kelly Sine's Paden City team one game below that mark at 6-7. Both will be back in action Thursday as Tyler plays host to Parkersburg Catholic, while the 'Cats will entertain Magnolia.

After the Knights scored the game's initial four points, Paden City actually tallied the next six to take a two-point lead on the first of five Myah Charkawi 3-pointers and three Logan Cosper charity tosses. But an 18-5 spurt to close the frame, paced by 10 Sophia Kinnard points, pushed the margin to 22-11 after one.

Tyler Consolidated then closed the second chapter by dropping in the final 15 points, including 12 from Cline, in rolling to the locker room with a 46-20 lead.

Things got no better in the third, with the hosts exiting up 67-32.

Turnovers and rebounding did the visitors in as Paden City had 14 miscues in the opening eight minutes and 23 by halftime. Meanwhile, the Knights grabbed a whopping 50-32 edge off the glass.

"Turnovers and their height were the big differences," Sine said. "They have a bunch of 5-foot-10 girls and we it just seemed like we were jumping for rebounds that they were already pulling down. Give Tyler all the credit, but I am very proud of my girls for their hustle and hard work."

Matt Kinnard was happy with his team's efforts as well. He just wishes that he could get it more often.

"This is a 7-6 team that could very easily be 11-2," Kinnard said. "I told the girls before the season started that we need to hold teams to eight points a quarter, and we have gone through spells that we are giving up a lot more than that.

"I think we did a good job finding the open girl and deflecting passes in this one, and that is something else we have to do. I am looking for 29 or 30 deflections a game and we have been averaging 12-16 our last few games. Things like that have to improve."

While Sophia Kinnard took game scoring honors with 24 points, while adding nine rebounds, Cline scored 23 and pulled down a game-high 17 missed shots. Senior Allison Wable chipped in 13 points and Sydney Reed had 11. Charkawi finished with 18 for the Wildcats while Logan Cosper had 10 points.

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