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WAYNESFIELDÂ â€” In what Waynesfield-Goshen head coach Ted Patton called one of his teamâ€™s best overall outings of the season, the Tigers downed non-league foe Hardin Northern, 61-42, Tuesday night.
The Tigers improve to 6-7 on the season and Hardin Northern falls to 2-14 for the year.
â€śThis is probably the best team effort we have had,â€ť Patton said. â€śWe have had injuries all year and we have been playing with different groups all year,â€ť Patton said. â€śThis is the fourth game with this group and I think this was our best team effort and probably are best scoring balance we have had.â€ť
Waynesfield-Goshen, which was coming off a game that saw just three players crack the scoring column, saw seven different Tigers contribute points. Junior standout Kaylee Patton pumped in a game-high 19 points with teammate Rebecca Stevens notching 13 and Ivy Horn adding 12.
â€śSome of the girls stepped up tonight and hit some shots tonight and opened the game up a little bit for us and it made the difference in the game tonight,â€ť Patton said.
While the Tigers enjoyed a fruitful night offensively, the Polar Bears struggled and Hardin Northern varsity coach Andrew Cano said this has plagued them all season.
Going into the second stanza, W-G held a slim 11-10 lead, and but the Tigers slowly began to assert themselves and they grabbed an 18-13 lead when Lidia Turner popped a 3-pointer at the 5:43 mark.
The lead ballooned to 10 in the next four minutes when the Tigers, by getting key buckets from Patton, Turner and Stevens, opened up a 29-19 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. By the time the buzzer blared for halftime the Tigers held a 33-21 lead.
In the second quarter, Hardin Northern was an anemic 3-of-12 from the field and 0-for-5 from behind the 3-point arc.
â€śWe tried to challenge them this week after the last game (the Tigers gave up 55 points) and told them there is another gear somewhere,â€ť Patton said. â€śI believe tonight we saw the other gear. They responded.â€ť
In the second half, the Tigers never relinquished its double digit cushion and opened up leads as big as 20 before garnering the 19-point victory.
In junior varsity action, the Tigers prevailed 61-42.View more articles in: