Frontier girls fall to Paden City, 45-25

TYLER BENNETT The Marietta Times Paden City’s Paige Leonard, left, handles the ball as Frontier’s Alayna Collins defends during a high school girls basketball game Thursday in New Matamoras.

NEW MATAMORAS — Hayley Bills scored a game-high 15 points, but it wasn’t enough as Paige Leonard and Abbe Stackpole tallied a combined 20 points as Paden City pulled away from Frontier, 45-25, in an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference consolation game Thursday.

Leonard got the game’s first points as Paden City raced out on a 10-0 scoring run in the first five minutes Six quick points from Stackpole (4) and Skylar Fulks (2) led to a Frontier head coach Mike Cisler timeout at 6:26 to stop the momentum.

Paden City responded with a Skylar Fulks lay-in from a Stackpole assist. Frontier finally got on the board with Izzy Rinard going one for two from a Raven Fulks foul with 3:31 left in the first. Stackpole used a Madison Kline screen for a nice drive as Paden City closed out the first with a 7-3 run, as Leonard chipped in with four markers, one off a pass from Stackpole. Bills scored two points and came away with two swipes, but failed on a last-second shot as Paden City took a 14-point lead into the second.

Stackpole’s give-n-go with Kline and Leonard’s mid-range jumper was all that Paden City could muster, as they shot two for seven at the start of the second.

LaRae Henthorn was only able to convert one from the free-throw line, as Paden City head coach Alan Miller called a timeout with 4:09 left with a 21-4 Wildcat lead.

Even with the slow start, Paden City outscored Frontier 10-4 to extend the lead.

The action picked up as both teams traded a bucket with with less than a minute left, as Kline finished a nice Raven Fulks pass but was quickly answered by a Rinard jumper with 25 seconds left. Stackpole swiped Bills’ pocket two times, as she scored all of her team-high 10 points in the first half.

Paden City was able to apply the pressure in the first, causing Frontier to turn the ball over 16 times, compared to Paden City’s nine.

Both teams couldn’t find the net, as both squads went for 0 for 9, before Hannah Loy’s steal and coast-to-coast lay-in got the first points of the second half at the 4:48 mark.

Bills converted a three-point play, but Stackpole’s picked up two assists from baskets by Raven Fulks and Leonard giving Paden City its largest lead of the night, 25, with a 35-10 lead with 2:07 left.

Frontier scored the final five points when Rinard scored off a pick and pop from Bills with a mid-range jumper. Bills was only able to go one for two from the free throw line, getting fouled during a lay-in by Leonard, after picking her pocket. Whitney Doan went a perfect two for two, Frontier was able to cut it to a 35-15 Paden City lead at the end.

In the fourth, Loy scored six out of her nine points, going six for eight from the line, as Raven Fulks and Kline also chipped both with a basket.

Bills matched Joy with six points, but her’s coming from the field.

As good as Paden City’s defense was in the first, it was a different story in the second. Only forcing Frontier to turn the ball over six times, coach Miller was disappointed with his team’s lack of effort during the second.

“They got lazy, they think if they got a lead, they don’t have to play hard,” Miller said, “It’s what I told them after the game, win or lose you got to play 100 miles per hour,”

Stackpole had a great performance for Paden City with 10 points, eight steals, five rebounds, and four assists. Leonard finished with a 10-point, eight-rebound game, both close to a double-double.

“We got a big half in first from them, they got to score, they are leaders of the team if they don’t score we are in trouble,” Miller said.