BASKETBALL: Patton tops mark
JACKSON CENTER — Like sister, like sister.
Junior guard Kaylee Patton broke the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers girls basketball career scoring mark — previously held by sister Lisa (Patton) Bruggeman — 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.
“It means a lot to me because my sister and I are so close and it is a great accomplishment,” Kaylee Patton said. “When I told my sister, she was really supportive of me and proud that it stayed in the family.”
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.
Tuesday’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.
“We played with more speed tonight,” Ted Patton said. “The kids really responded and got down the court.”
W-G came out early in the game, racking up 19 points in the first quarter of play.
W-G’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.
“There were some things in the beginning that hurt us like layups and fouls,” 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.
“We had to switch some key players later on and I think that hurt us a little,” 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.
“Later on, we had to get girls off the bench,” Huffer said. “We don’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.