After slow start, Tiger girls roll over Central Catholic
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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Patterson High senior Mele Tupouata goes up for a basket against a swarm of Central Catholic High defenders. The Tigers' win streak reached 21 games with a 68-29 victory over the visiting Raiders on Thursday, Jan. 23. Brooke Borba | Patterson Irrigator
Patterson High senior Mele Tupouata goes up for a basket against a swarm of Central Catholic High defenders. The Tigers' win streak reached 21 games with a 68-29 victory over the visiting Raiders on Thursday, Jan. 23. Brooke Borba | Patterson Irrigator
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Junior Shealyn Craven scored 13 points to go with six steals, and sophomore Danielle Jenkins added 11 points as the Patterson High varsity girls basketball team extended an impressive league winning streak, with a 68-29 victory at home over Central Catholic High of Modesto on Thursday night.

It was the 21st straight Western Athletic Conference win for the Tigers, who overcame their 7-of-25 shooting from the floor in the opening quarter, to increase a league run that dates to the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

It started with a straight-ahead 3-point shot by Craven, followed on the next possession by a drive to the basket where she put the ball in for a layup.

Then, senior Jovanah Arrington fed classmate Mele Tupouata (eight rebounds) the ball in a position to score, and she got the job done.

Seconds later, Arrington (six rebounds, six assists) went coast-to-coast after snaring a rebound in traffic, deftly switching the ball from left-to-right hand for the bucket.

Patterson (18-4, 7-0) shook off a frigid first-quarter shooting performance by hitting seven of its ensuing 12 shots of the opening half to break away from Central Catholic for a 2-0 sweep in the league season series.

The Tigers struggled in the first half but led 33-13.

Patterson led 6-0 early behind strong play from Kiara Job (eight points, five rebounds), who had a pair of baskets in the spurt. But the visitors hung around with a scrappy effort, and the Tigers led just 14-8 after one period.

Patterson locked in on defense to try to turn the offense around in the second quarter, finishing the period at 58 percent after shooting 7-of-12 in the final eight minutes before the intermission.

Craven scored seven of her team-high 13 points in the second quarter, and the Tigers used a 13-2 run to close the first half.

Patterson's reserves produced another huge game off the bench, combining to score 11 of the team's 12 points in the third quarter, and the Tigers took a 45-24 lead into the fourth.

Patterson's starters set the tone for the remainder of the contest, totaling 17 of the Tigers' final points, while outscoring their opponent 23-5 in the closing period.

Junior Ariyanna Cashen added nine points and 14 rebounds, while senior Mele Tupouata had six points and eight boards for Patterson, who have won 14 of their past 15 games overall.

The Tigers will continue the WAC season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, against visiting Los Banos High.

Junior varsity

After taking down Los Banos High, the JV Tigers completed a two-game sweep this week with a 44-35 defeat of visiting Central Catholic on Thursday, Jan. 23.

On Thursday night, Patterson's Jadan Rodriguez recorded a team-high 12 points against the Central Catholic Raiders.

Brandy Brown put up 10 points and collected 15 rebounds, and teammate Esther Ekueme chipped in eight points and 11 boards for the Tigers.

Patterson also benefited from five points, seven rebounds, three assists and nine steals from Samantha Dougherty.

That win followed on the heels of a 32-19 road victory against Los Banos High on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Dougherty led the Tiger offensive with 12 points, while Rodriguez had seven and Ekueme added four.

Freshmen

The freshman Tigers fell to the Central Catholic Raiders 39-18 on Thursday.

Jaira Luna compiled 12 points, six rebounds and seven steals and Veronica Vargas added four points and eight boards in the losing effort.

Tequea Penney grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for the Tigers, while Nau Paletua added four rebounds and four steals.

On Jan. 21, Patterson traveled south for a 39-8 defeat against Los Banos.

Luna notched five points for Patterson, and Paletua had two.

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.
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