PADEN CITY As with any other night, the main objective for the Paden City girls' basketball team Thursday was to find a way to defeat county rival Magnolia.
Unfortunately for Coach Kelly Sine and his Wildcats, they couldn't even find a way to outscore Blue Eagles' junior standout Mallory Chapman.
Chapman exploded for a school record 43 points, while adding 16 rebounds, and Magnolia opened on a 9-0 run and never looked back in cruising to a 79-33 victory against the 'Cats at Paden City High School.
In improving to 7-7 on the campaign, interim Coach Mark Blair watched his team glide to a quick 17-4 lead after one. An 11-0 spurt, extending from the first and into the second frame, pushed the score to 22-4 before the visitors settled for a 38-19 reading at the break.
Any chance the Wildcats (6-8) may have had of bouncing back came to an end in the third as another Blue Eagles run, this time a 14-0 blast, all but put things away and led to a 61-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
As for Chapman, her night consisted of 11 points in the opening quarter and nine more in the second for an even 20 at the break. The junior standout finished the third with a total of 35 points and eventually broke the record of 41 with a 3-point hoop midway through the fourth. Along with the 16 rebounds she added six steals and three blocked shots.
"Mallory had the game of her life (Thursday)," Blair said "She has such a great shot and she really makes this team go. Basically, as a team we got off to a good start and did a good job taking advantage of our height.
"We are just trying to improve day-by-day and work on the things we need to work on."
Freshman Grace Standiford added 12 points for the winners while Abby Durig had eight off the bench. Myah Charkawi paced the 'Cats with 14 while senior Logan Cosper added 10.
"We gave it our best shot," Sine said. ''We battled the whole game, but their length really hurt us."
Magnolia claimed a whopping 45-22 edge off the glass and turned the ball over 12 times, 17 less than Paden City.