DOLA — In front of a loyal fan base and in front of a basketball oriented family, Waynesfield-Goshen’s point guard, Kaylee Patton, made history Tuesday night.
Patton broke the all-time career scoring record at Waynesfield-Goshen High School. She now has 1,819 career points, breaking the previous record set in 1991.
Kyle Herndon held the previous record for 22 years with 1,803.
“It was very overwhelming,” Patton said. “It’s nice to have a team that is supportive as they are, I’m still a little worked up. It’s great to have fans that we do. They are always there and you know they always will be.”
Patton went into the game needing three points to tie the record, and four points to stand alone on top.
Those points didn’t take long.
The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers travelled to Hardin Northern High School for a record-breaking spectacle. On the opening possession, Patton knocked down a layup to bring her total to 1,802.
Two possessions later, Patton drove hard to the basket and was fouled hard. The ball just missed making history on the shot attempt, but Patton had a chance for history from the foul line. She made the first no problem, and then came the record breaking shot.
Patton, going through her routine, held back a smile.
“I knew once it left my hand that it was going in. I just started smiling automatically,” Patton said.
And it did go in: 1,804 points in her career.
Patton ran over to her longtime coach and father, Ted Patton and gave him a hug. She hugged her teammates. She was then given the record-breaking ball. And she knew what she was doing with it.
“I had a plan for that ball. It was going to my grandma and grandpa,” Kaylee Patton said. “They are there every game, even though they live more than an hour away. They are the grandma and grandpa everybody wants.”
After hugging her mom, her grandma and her grandpa, there was a game to be played, and Patton went back to business.
The game itself was basically over shortly after, as the Tigers easily cruised to a 67-24 victory.
When Kaylee Patton brought the ball to her grandfather, Don Schilling, he said he was more than a little surprised.
“That was a surprise,” Schilling said. “I didn’t expect that. All we do is go to watch her play. That was an honor, to give us the record-breaking ball.”
Schilling and his wife, Frances Schilling, have been going to every one of Kaylee Patton’s games throughout her career. They said their life is basketball and always has been.
Their daughter and Kaylee Patton’s mother, Janet Patton, was a basketball great at Upper Sandusky High School and the University of Findlay.
Ted Patton said their dedication to basketball and to their granddaughter is something special.
“No matter where we play, they’re there,” Ted Patton said. “They are dedicated to basketball.”
“We’ve been following basketball for a long time,” Schilling said. “Her mother is in the Hall of Fame at Upper Sandusky High School and was All-American at the University of Findlay.”
Schilling, 83, said this was one of those moments he will not soon forget. Frances Schilling, 82, said Kaylee is something special.
“We just enjoy seeing her play hard,” Don Schilling said. “She’s dedicated. She’s earned every moment of this, I’m just happy to be apart of it.”
Ted Patton said the main reason this record was broken, echoes one of the sentiments of Schilling. Hard work.
“A lot of hard work,” Ted Patton said. “A lot of time in the gym. A lot of dedication. A lot of hard work when nobody’s watching.”
Ted Patton said she made sacrifices through her life for the sake of basketball. One’s, he said, she did for the love of the game.
“It’s really special, to have a girl that’s spent that much time and is that dedicated to basketball is really special,” Ted Patton said. “She missed a lot of things that other girls got to do because of basketball. She was in the gym.”
While it was a time to celebrate for the Patton family, Kaylee Patton was focussed on the team, and what comes next.
“It’s about the team, we really want to go far in tournaments, and that’s what I’m looking forward to,” Kaylee Patton said.
Kaylee Patton did say breaking the record is a weight off her shoulder and she can now focus on going deep in the tournament. When talking about breaking the record, Kaylee Patton said getting it was great, but she would have like to get it on something other than a free throw.
“I wanted to get it off a 3-pointer,” Kaylee Patton said with a short chuckle, “but that’s not how it worked out.”
Kaylee Patton has two sisters that play basketball as well, one older sister and one younger sister. The older sister, Lisa Patton Bruggeman, scored more than 1,000 points in her career at W-G.
Patton passed her older sister’s mark last year.
“The only common denominator there is the hard work they put into it,” Ted Patton said of his two daughters. I think good things will happen to you when you put in hard work.
“And my other daughter in eightth grade puts in just as much work as they did,” he said.
Don Schilling said he was blessed to be part of a family of so many basketball greats.
“Lisa is also a very good basketball player,” Don Schilling said. “We were there when Kaylee broke Lisa’s record.”
Kaylee Patton will be playing basketball at Tiffin University next year, a blessing to her grandparents, actually.
“That’ll be good for us, Tiffin is only about 20 minutes away (from our home in Upper Sandusky)” Don Schilling said. “Oh yeah, we’ll be at as many games as possible.”