WAYNESFIELD — The first win of the season for the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers also was the 100th victory for Ted Patton as the varsity coach of the girls basketball team.
The Tigers grabbed an early lead and continued to build on the score as they defeated the Vanlue Wildcats, 66-38.
The night proved to be made more special as Patton reached the milestone with the Tigers in front of a home crowd as Patton celebrated his victory with his team and friends after the game. Patton has more career wins since he also coached the varsity girls basketball team at Perry High School.
Patton credited the Tigers rebounding for gaining an early advantage and winning the game.
Tiger guard Kaylee Patton hit a double-double, collecting 11 rebounds for the game, and hitting for 25 points. Patton scored 28 points Friday against the Wapakoneta Redskins.
Patton found rebounding help in Kindsey Salyer-Watts, who cleared the glass with 10 rebounds, and center Rebecca Stephens, who grabbed seven boards.
Stephens also helped on the offensive end of the floor with 13 points, while Salyer-Watts contributed with eight points.
“I think we were a little bigger than they were and that helped us with rebounds,” Patton said. “Our free throw shooting has to improve.”
The Tigers hit 16-of-26, or 62 percent, from the free throw line.
“Our quickness made us able to penetrate and we scored off of our transition,” Patton said.
“I think the girls are playing well and I hope to continue as the season goes.”
The Tigers forced 22 Vanlue turnovers. Turnovers and missed second shots hurt the Wildcats along with missed free throws.
“We didn’t execute very well on offense tonight,” Wildcat varsity coach Todd Richards said. “We had a lot of reach-in foals by not playing good defense. The missed shots and rebounds came back to haunt us because Waynesfield-Goshen is very good and they will win their fair share.”
The Tigers host the Allen East Mustangs at 11 a.m. Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in another non-league match-up.
The Tigers improved to 1-1 on the season. As the Wildcats fall on their season opener to 0-1, they hope to improve as they play Hopewell-Louden tonight.
W-G won the JV contest 49-17.