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Paden City Escapes With Win Over River
October 11, 2017

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After losing its first two sets to the River Pilots, the Paden City Wildcats would run the table in the following three sets to win a hard-fought match on Oct. 5 at RL Potts Gymnasium. The night also served as Cancer Awareness night.

In the first set, there were four lead changes, including 21-21; however the Lady Pilots' Allison Bennett put on a serving clinic as she scored the final three points on service aces to give the hosts a 25-21 victory. River served up nine service aces, while the Lady 'Cats only made one.

In the second set, there was 14 lead changes, with the later one at 26-26. After River broke serve at 26, the Pilots' Macey Ladyga served up the last two service points to capture set two.

Knowing their backs were to wall, Paden City girls knew they had to win the next two sets to send the match to an extra period.

In the first set, the two teams went back and forth until it was tied up at 4-4. The Paden City homecoming queen, Kameron McClain, then served up four straight points, before each team served up a point and then they would brake serve until the set was 11-8 on an ace by the Pilots' Lauren Flannery.

After a service fault the 'Cats held a 12-8 lead, and that's when Aubrey Neff served up two straight points, until the Pilots Katie Straub belted a kill to break serve.

It goes without saying, once you make a great play, you get the serve and that is what happened. Straub and company scored the next four points, including another ace by Straub to close the gap to 14-12.

One of the 'Cats freshman phenom - Mallory Yeater - broke the Pilots' serve with a kill, bringing McClain back to the service line. She served up four points, with the help of an ace and a pair of Jenna Ferrebee kills, before giving back the serve with a fault.

Bennett served up two points, before Katrina Heasley broke serve with a kill. Malayna Price served up a pair of points with the other freshman phenom - Hope Weber - belting one of her game-high 21 kills.

After breaking serve, Weber again belted a kill to give service to Yeater. Yeater served up two points, that included an ace.

After breaking serve, the Pilots' Lacey Cordery served up a point, but gave the ball back to Paden City on a service fault.

Needing only one point for the win, Heasley delivered an ace to give the visitors a 25-18 win.

In set four, Paden City rode the arms of Weber, Ferrebee and Heasley as the three combined 13-kills, to win 25-18 setting up the deciding fifth set.

Straub served up the set's first point on a nasty kill by Sapp, but Ferrebee returned the favor with a kill of her own to win the service to Neff. Neff served up two points that was helped by a Yeater kill.

After each team broke each others serve, Heasley drilled a cross court kill before the Pilots broke serve again on a Ladyga kill.

Yeater returned the fasvor with a kill of her own, and won the serve. Yeater would knock down three straight service aces, and Heasley again went cross court with another kill that gave the visitors a 11-5 lead.

Weber would then break serve, and Heasley would add a service point before the Pilots broke serve at 13-7. However, a Neff dink and a Ferrebee kill would give Paden City a 15-7 victory, and the match.

For the disappointed River Pilots, Bennett tallied 12 points, including five service aces, while dishing out 32 assists to pace the Pilots. Straub and Flannery evenly split 18 markers, including a pair of service aces, 10 kills and four blocks, while Sapp posted eight points, two aces, five kills and one dig.

In addition, Cordery netted five points, that included three aces, while Ladyga followed with four points, 12 kills and made two blocks. Megan Dennis scored two aces, five kills and two blocks, while Morgan Mahoney, Candace Caldwell and Halee Schultheis each made a dig.

For the Paden City Wildcats, Yeater scored a game-high 31 points, including two aces, and 19 assists, eight kills and three digs to lead the charge. McClain netted 19 points and compiled 10 digs, while Neff and Price each tacked on 17 points, with Neff adding 20 assists, five kills and five digs, while Price made 20 digs.

In addition, Heasley scored 14 points and made eight kills and five digs, while Weber was one block from a triple double, 21 kills, 10 points and nine blocks. Ferrebee made 12 kills and four blocks, while Jenna Arnett made two sets.

Paden City has an OVAC Semi-Final match Tuesday and will host Tyler Consolidated and John Marshall Thursday, and if they win Tuesday, they will play for the OVAC Class-A crown Saturday.

Paden City Splits Two Matches

Five Lady Wildcats scored in double-digits to help Paden City defeat the Weir Riders 20-25, 25-12 and 25-14 on Oct. 3, inside Bob Burton Gymnasium.

The Wildcats got off slow with the Lady Riders, losing the first set, 20-25. However, the 'Cats put it all together in the second set, winning 25-12. The trend followed in the third set, 25-14, and the 'Cats won the match.

Mallory Yeater paced the Lady Wildcats with 19 points, while Jenna Ferrebee penciled in 15 markers. Katrina Heasley talled 11 points, that included a service ace, while Kameron McClain and Malayna Price each scored 10 points, that also included a service ace.

Aubrey Neff ended the Wildcats scoring with five points, while adding two digs, one kill and passing out 11 assists. Yeater added five kills and 14 assists, while Heasley made three digs and four kills. Price and McClain made 12 digs and three digs, respectively, while Ferrebee had six kills and dished out an assist. Jenna Arnett made a dig, while Hope Weber made four blocks and 15 kills for all the Wildcats statistics.

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Jenna Ferrebee scored a team-high eight points, three blocks and seven kills to pace the Wildcats against Ritchie County, but it wasn't quite enough to get the tin, losing in straight sets, 25-18 and 25-21.

Aubrey Neff followed with six points, two digs and seven assists, while Mallory Yeater provided four points, one block, one dig and dished-off six assists. Malayna Price, Kameron McClain and Katrina Heasley, scored three, two and one point, respectively, while Price made seven digs, McClain two, and Heasley two kills. Hope Weber finished the 'Cats statistics, having two blocks and five kills.

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