ST. MARYS - Buffalo put down the hammer in the third quarter and defeated Paden City 80-43 in the Division II championship game of Wednesday's W.Va. Hometown Invitational Tournament.
Paden City trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half then chipped away at the deficit in the opening two minutes of the second half. A pair of buckets from Taylor Cosper ignited an 8-1 run which trimmed the Bison's advantage to 34-25.
Buffalo then turned on the ignition and scored 18 straight points, including seven points and a pair of assists from Paige Roush, who finished with a game-high five 3-pointers and 23 points.
Buffalo, which improved to 17-4, did not commit its first turnover until the 7:10 mark of the third quarter. Paden City, on the other hand, turned the ball over 19 times including seven during Buffalo's 32-point third quarter which saw the Bison pad their cushion to 65-30.
Katie Allen's 3-pointer - one of 11 knocked down by the Bisons - followed by a bucket by Michaela Lewis pushed the advantage to its highest mark at 78-36 before Buffalo inserted its reserves for the final four minutes of the fourth quarter.
"We knew Buffalo was a good outside shooting team," said Paden City coach Kelly Sine. "They took shots with people right in their face."
Chelsey Perkins produced a double-double for Buffalo after pouring in 19 points to go with 16 rebounds. Teammate Tiffani Bailey pitched in 16 points, while Lewis added nine points off the bench.
Buffalo slugged out an 11-8 lead late in the first quarter before Paden City went stone cold from the field and made just 3-of-28 attempts from the floor while falling behind 22-9.
The Wildcats' Logan Cosper scored all nine of her points as her ballclub went into the locker room trailing 33-17. Taylor Cosper scored a team-high 10 points for Paden City (9-13), while Myah Charkawi finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Paden City enters the beginning of postseason Saturday against Tyler Consolidated. Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Doddridge County High School in West Union.
""The atmosphere like tonight here at St. Marys really helped us," Sine added.