BASKETBALL: W-G whips Polar Bears

WAYNESFIELD — In what Waynesfield-Goshen head coach Ted Patton called one of his team’s best overall outings of the season, the Tigers downed non-league foe Hardin Northern, 61-42, Tuesday night.

The Tigers improve to 6-7 on the season and Hardin Northern falls to 2-14 for the year.

“This is probably the best team effort we have had,” Patton said. “We have had injuries all year and we have been playing with different groups all year,” Patton said. “This is the fourth game with this group and I think this was our best team effort and probably are best scoring balance we have had.”

Waynesfield-Goshen, which was coming off a game that saw just three players crack the scoring column, saw seven different Tigers contribute points. Junior standout Kaylee Patton pumped in a game-high 19 points with teammate Rebecca Stevens notching 13 and Ivy Horn adding 12.

“Some of the girls stepped up tonight and hit some shots tonight and opened the game up a little bit for us and it made the difference in the game tonight,” Patton said.

While the Tigers enjoyed a fruitful night offensively, the Polar Bears struggled and Hardin Northern varsity coach Andrew Cano said this has plagued them all season.

Going into the second stanza, W-G held a slim 11-10 lead, and but the Tigers slowly began to assert themselves and they grabbed an 18-13 lead when Lidia Turner popped a 3-pointer at the 5:43 mark.

The lead ballooned to 10 in the next four minutes when the Tigers, by getting key buckets from Patton, Turner and Stevens, opened up a 29-19 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. By the time the buzzer blared for halftime the Tigers held a 33-21 lead.

In the second quarter, Hardin Northern was an anemic 3-of-12 from the field and 0-for-5 from behind the 3-point arc.

“We tried to challenge them this week after the last game (the Tigers gave up 55 points) and told them there is another gear somewhere,” Patton said. “I believe tonight we saw the other gear. They responded.”

In the second half, the Tigers never relinquished its double digit cushion and opened up leads as big as 20 before garnering the 19-point victory.

In junior varsity action, the Tigers prevailed 61-42.