BASKETBALL: W-G holds off Botkins

WAYNESFIELD — With two starters out with injuries, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers needed a big game from Kaylee Patton.

So when the Botkins Trojans shut Patton out in the third quarter and took a five-point lead, the Tigers needed help.

Cue Lidia Turner.

The sophomore guard’s 3-pointer ignited a 10-0 run to end the quarter and set the stage for a 48-44 Tigers win in a varsity girls basketball contest Monday at Waynesfield-Goshen High School.

“We just had a mental lapse in the third quarter where we lost people on the backside and that cost us those few points that ended up being the difference,” Botkins coach Don Mack said.

Patton came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of her game-high 20 points, including hitting 7-of-9 from the free throw line as the Tigers held on for the win.

“I thought we got some good play out of our bench tonight,” W-G varsity coach Ted Patton said. “We hit some key shots. Our defense was pretty good at times and that kept us in the game when we weren’t hitting shots.”

It was a big win for W-G in more than one way. The Tigers (4-3) have struggled to live up to preseason expectations thanks to an injury to starting guard Ivy Horn. Horn was in uniform Monday night but did not play.

Adding to their woes was the presence of three-point ace Sydney Buffenbarger on crutches on the sideline.

“When you lose two quality players like that, it really hurts,” Ted Patton said. “It looks like we’ll have Ivy back hopefully for our next game on January 7. Sydney has an MRI on Wednesday. We’ll know Thursday on her. ...

“It’s a pretty big layoff. But with the way we’re banged up, we could use it.”

Despite the injuries, and Botkins’ solid defensive effort on Kaylee Patton, W-G got scoring from the younger members of its lineup.

Turner finished with 12 points, seven of those in the third quarter. And freshman Abbie VanHorn added eight, with six of those coming in the second half.

The Trojans got 12 points from Claire McCullough, nine from Christine Johnson, eight from Hannah Koch and six from Logan Pitts.

With McCullough breaking down the W-G defense on penetration and Pitts and Johnson cleaning up on the inside, Botkins (2-5) made a fight of it.

Even after giving up the 10-0 run and the lead, the Trojans rallied back in the fourth quarter.

But Patton’s fourth-quarter, coupled with a technical foul on coach Don Mack, were too much to overcome.

“That didn’t help,” Mack said of the technical.

Botkins returns to action Thursday against Jackson Center.