Ritchie County Runs Past Paden City, 61-36

Poor fourth quarter dooms Wildcats

Photo by Kyle Lutz Paden City’s Hannah Loy attempts to drive past a Ritchie County defender during Tuesday’s game.

PADEN CITY — After being outscored 23-7 in the second quarter, Paden City saw itself in an 18-point hole going into the locker room at halftime against Ritchie County. The Rebels ended the second quarter on an 8-2 run to take a 34-16 lead at intermission. The Wildcats, however came out in the third quarter and put together a rally to cut the deficit to 10. The lead, however, proved to be too big as Ritchie County’s defense stepped up in the fourth and held Paden City to four points in a 61-36 victory Tuesday night.

“They (Ritchie County) couldn’t miss and we couldn’t hit a shot,” Paden City coach Alan Miller said about the fourth quarter. “But we work hard in practice everyday. We try to get better and we are getting better. You know we’re not winning… We know as coaches they are getting better.”

Abbe Stackpole started the Wildcats’ rally with her first bucket in the opening minute of the third quarter. After Ritchie County responded with a basket of its own, Paden City went on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 12, 39-27 with 3:13 left in the third quarter after a Hannah Loy 3-pointer. Cassie Tallman hit a shot from long range for the Rebels to put them back up by 15. However a Loy basket followed by a Skylar Fulks 3-point shot put the score at, 42-32.

“We went to a 1-3-1,” Miller said. “I think that changed a little bit of a strategy of the game. We hit a few shots and they didn’t. I think that helped out.”

Ritchie County ended all hope of a comeback as it scored seven of the first nine points of the fourth quarter and ended the game on a 10-0 run.

Three Rebels scored in double figures as Tallman led the way with a game-high 25 points including hitting four shots from behind the arc. Abbi Haught contributed with a solid 12 points including eight in the second half while Madelyne Curfman netted 10.

“I think in the third quarter we got a little complacent on defense,” Ritchie County coach David McCullough said. “We gave up easy buckets we shouldn’t have. Paden City works hard. Hannah Loy does a good job for the program. We needed to get a win. We lost to Lincoln County, which is a real good team and it was just nice to get on the ‘W’ side again (Tuesday).”

Loy had a team-high 17 points for Paden City.

“I think just our defense of intensity got a little better,” McCullough said about the fourth quarter. “For kids sometimes, it’s hard for them and they get a little complacent and they see the lead at half. We just got lazy at times, to be honest. We got lazy, complacent and didn’t have that intensity we had in the second quarter.”

After overcoming a small deficit in the first quarter, the Rebels took the lead for good when Curfman hit a layup with three seconds left to put the score at 11-9. Ritchie County’s lead hit double figures with 4:34 to go in the second after an Ashley Davis bucket.