East Hardy senior Colten Spaid recorded a career-high 35 points enabling the Cougars to slash Union 87-38 during senior night in Baker last Wednesday.
“I was proud of the seniors how they came out here and got the win. Colten [Spaid] is a kid who doesn’t get a lot of playing time, so for him stepping up like this was great. These seniors have been with me a long time, so for them to come out and have a big night was good to see in front of a huge crowd. Everybody was here tonight to watch our seniors, so for them to put on a show was great. For Colten to come out and score 35 points with the kids feeding him and being excited was tremendous. It was great for him to have this payout and he is a great kid,” East Hardy Boys Basketball coach Chris Hahn remarked.
It was a special night for the seniors honored in a pre-game ceremony before being the only ones to score in double figures as Spaid led the charge, followed by Seth Smith with 12 points and Adam Baker with ten points in the win over the Tigers.
“It feels really good to get the win. I am proud of my team getting the ball around and we are working it well. We’re all happy and they were up on the bench. It was an amazing feeling and for everyone around me to be happy was just awesome. It means everything to me being a Cougar, I love this sport and I love everything about here,” East Hardy senior Colten Spaid commented.
Spaid plans to attend Eastern Community Technical College before transferring to West Virginia University to pursue a degree in Sports Management.
Smith plans to become a “division one” chicken farmer after high school.
Baker plans to attend West Virginia University and major in Business.
The Cougars opened the game with a steal by Baker, but the ensuing shot hit the rim and Union’s Ryan Bennett collected the rebound before scoring for the Tigers at the 7:12 mark.
East Hardy answered with a 3-pointer by Smith for the go-ahead lead that wasn’t relinquished at the 6:47 mark, 3-2.
Both teams missed shots twice over the next minute and change with all four rebounds going to the Cougars as Spaid collected a pair, Bryce Tharp and Christian Dove snatched one apiece.
Union’s Daniel Savage and Peyton Haines made steals during that time frame without points to show for it with the latter fumbled out of play.
Baker assisted Tharp on a jumper for East Hardy at the 5:13 mark, 5-2.
“It is a real special feeling, there’s no
The Cougars look for further senior leadership this Friday at Moorefield.