BASKETBALL: Tigers trounce Irish

WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers crushed the Marion Catholic Fighting Irish 72-19 in a Northwest Central Conference varsity girls basketball game Thursday night in Waynesfield.

W-G is now 6-6 overall and 3-1 in the NWCC.

The Tigers came out with a great start with an 18-2 run in the first quarter of play.

The Irish tried to keep up with W-G’s fast pace but had trouble with turnovers and missed shots. Marion Catholic struggled against W-G’s defensive pressure as it managed to put up just 10 points to the Tigers’ 46 points in the first half and just nine points in the second.

“Our small bench is our team,” Marion Catholic varsity coach Matt Waddel said. “We didn’t have good rotation. We were outmatched. Waynesfield has a way better ball team than we do.”

Waynesfield-Goshen made 30 of 63 (48 percent) on field goals and 7 of 23 (30 percent) on three-point field goals.

Junior guard Kaylee Patton led the Tigers with 24 points and nine rebounds. Senior guard Ivy Horn added 13 points.

The Tigers got help with team scoring as every player made it on the board for points.

W-G got help from their young guards behind the arc. Freshman guard Sydney Buffenbarger helped with nine points, all 3-pointers, and sophomore guard Lidia Turner scored six points, both 3-pointers.

“It was a good night to get help from everyone with scoring,” W-G varsity coach Ted Patton said. “This is only the third game this season that all of our guards are healthy and able to play.”

The team is still missing junior center Kindsey Salyer-Watts as she recovers from an ankle injury.

The Tigers hope to stay on a winning streak as they play noon Saturday at Spencerville.