JACKSON CENTER â€” Like sister, like sister.
Junior guard Kaylee Patton broke the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers girls basketball career scoring mark â€” previously held by sister Lisa (Patton) Bruggeman â€” on her way to 27 points for the game as the Tigers pulled out a 67-61 win Tuesday at Jackson Center.
Patton now stands at 1,127 career points, eclipsing the old mark of 1,114. She broke the record at the 7:07 mark of the third quarter.
â€śIt means a lot to me because my sister and I are so close and it is a great accomplishment,â€ť Kaylee Patton said. â€śWhen I told my sister, she was really supportive of me and proud that it stayed in the family.â€ť
This has been a milestone season for the Patton family. Varsity coach Ted Patton recorded his 100th victory as W-G coach on November 28 at home against Vanlue. And Kaylee Patton joined the 1,000-point club on December 8 at home against Perry.
Tuesdayâ€™s performance also got W-G back on track after a couple tough losses. W-G is now 5-6 on the season.
Senior guard Ivy Horn posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
â€śWe played with more speed tonight,â€ť Ted Patton said. â€śThe kids really responded and got down the court.â€ť
W-G came out early in the game, racking up 19 points in the first quarter of play.
W-Gâ€™s shooting improved as the Tigers connected on 21 of 46 (46 percent) on field goals and 6 of 17 (35 percent) on 3-pointers.
Jackson Center started out slow and had trouble handling the ball in the first half.
â€śThere were some things in the beginning that hurt us like layups and fouls,â€ť Jackson Center coach Makaine Huffer said.
Jackson Center came back after halftime when Waynesfield got into foul trouble.
Jackson Center closed with two of Waynesfield-Goshen. But late free throws by Patton and Horn help seal the game.
â€śWe had to switch some key players later on and I think that hurt us a little,â€ť Ted Patton said.
Senior guard Brooke Richard led Jackson Center with 24 points and nine rebounds. Junior forward Brittany Foster added 14 points and seven rebounds.
â€śLater on, we had to get girls off the bench,â€ť Huffer said. â€śWe donâ€™t normally do that but this was an intense game. Elchert does a nice job heading for the basket but she did a good job tonight looking for teammates."
W-G rebounded Jackson Center 40-28.
Chipping in with scoring for W-G was freshman guard Sydney Buffenbarger with nine points, all on 3-pointers. Assisting in rebounding was sophomore center Rebecca Stevens with nine rebounds.
Jackson Center won the junior varsity game 35-32.
W-G hosts the Marion Catholic Fighting Irish on Thursday night in Northwest Central Conference play.
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