KENTON — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers fell short 51-45 in overtime to the Upper Scioto Valley Rams in a hard-fought Division IV girls basketball sectional final Saturday night in Kenton.
The game went into overtime with the scored tied at 40-40. But the Rams pulled away for the victory.
W-G’s small bench made it hard for their young players to step up to USV.
“Foul trouble really hurt us in this game,” W-G coach Ted Patton said. “Ivy Horn fouled out in the fourth quarter and Kaylee Patton fouled out in overtime, both of them weren’t there to help us in the end unfortunately.”
Kaylee Patton lead the Tigers with 21 points. Patton was the only player to be in double digits for W-G.
Fast pace and defensive pressure from USV caused W-G to give up the ball in the first half of play.
The Rams started the game out with a 14-1 run over the Tigers. W-G managed to put up five more points by the end of the first quarter, going into the second with a total of six.
The Tigers had trouble with missed shots before the half, allowing the Rams to take a big lead, 25-14, going into the third quarter.
“We played badly the first half,” Ted Patton said. “It was hard for us to make up for that.”
The Tigers managed to bounce back in the third quarter and scored 11 points while the Rams only put up five points making the score 25-30 going into the fourth.
Junior guard Kaylee Patton put the Tigers ahead with a 3-point shot at the 5:00 mark in the fourth, making the score 33-32 with a Tiger lead.
“We played the best second half that we played all season and I was very impressed,” Ted Patton said.
Senior Kayla Prater lead USV with 25 points, 11 points just in overtime.
Junior Ali Goldsmith helped with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game for the Rams. Goldsmith was the only player to score a double-double in the night.
“It was a hard fought battle,” USV coach Mike Risner said. “We went on a drought in the second half but we got out and we were very fortunate at the turnout.”
The Tigers ended the season with a record of 10-9 overall, 5-1 in Northwest Central Conference play.