BASKETBALL: Tigers come up short

WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers came up short in a hard-fought varsity girls basketball battle against the Bluffton Pirates, falling 44-32 on Saturday in Waynesfield.

The loss was the third in a row for W-G in what has been a tough week for the 4-6 Tigers.

“I think our shooting needs to improve,” Tigers varsity coach Ted Patton said. “We have to learn from our mistakes and head down the road.”

The Tigers shot 10 of 46 (21 percent) on field goals and 1 of of 14 (7 percent) on three-point field goals.

Junior guard Kaylee Patton led W-G with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Ivy Horn contributed with 10 points. Sophomore center Rebecca Stevens chipped in with eight rebounds.

The Tigers had trouble hanging on to the ball as Bluffton’s defense forced 20 turnovers.

“We didn’t do a very good job of taking care of the ball,” Patton said.

Junior Sierra Amstutz led Bluffton with 16 points and seven rebounds. The Pirates bench scored 34 of their 44 points.

“I think Sierra had a good game,” Bluffton varsity coach Eric Garmatter said. “The game plan was we didn’t want Patton to get her game against us and we managed to keep her to 15 points. Waynesfield-Goshen has so many weapons to use against to guard with Horn, Patton and others.”

W-G hopes to get back on track when it faces the namesake Tigers at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson Center.

In the junior varsity contest, the Tigers eked out a 33-29 win.