Patterson girls rout Livingston in WAC opener
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The Patterson High varsity girls basketball team began its Western Athletic Conference season with a win after hammering host Livingston High, 82-27, on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

"Our girls played very well," said Patterson coach Elizabeth Tolleson. "We can always find things to improve on, but we played extremely hard at both ends of the court."

Jovanah Arrington led Patterson with a team-high 20 points while three other Tigers recorded double-figures to help the local squad extend its league winning streak to 15 games, a run that dates to the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

Last year, Patterson wrapped up its regular season as the undefeated WAC champion, maintaining a perfect league record at 12-0.

On Monday, Tiana Barron dropped in 15 points, while Povai Fesili and Ariyanna Cashen each added 10 for the Tigers (11-4 overall, 1-0 WAC).

"We take the league season one game at a time," Tolleson said. "We want to make a statement and play hard. Other teams don't worry us because the only one that can stop us is ourselves."

Patterson continues its league season with a 7:30 p.m. game against visiting Ceres High on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Girls Basketball Tournament

For the second straight year, Patterson came up short in the championship game of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Girls Basketball Tournament at Tracy High School.

The Tigers suffered their fourth loss of the 2013-14 campaign Monday, Dec. 30, falling to Napa High 57-47 in the tournament finale.

"Reaching the championship game was a great experience for the team," Tolleson said. "Unfortunately we weren't able to pull it out, but we still competed against a very respectable Division 1 school."

Arrington had 15 points, five steals and three assists for the game, and teammate Mele Tupouata scored 11 to go with her nine rebounds.

For the second straight season, Arrington and Tupouata both earned spots on the all-tournament team.

Shealyn Craven contributed six points, and Dayna Hansen had five points and seven boards for Patterson.

The Tigers advanced to the championship round of the tournament with a 47-41 victory over Mission San Jose High of Fremont on Saturday, Dec. 28.

Arrington scored 13 points, and Craven tallied eight as the Tigers won their seventh game in a row. Janae Jackson had six points and Danielle Jenkins scored five points and pulled down five rebounds for Patterson.

"Our team has the luxury on any given night, that someone new can step up and bring something to the table," Tolleson said. "There isn't one specific player."

The Tigers upended Gregori High of Modesto 44-33 on Friday, Dec. 27 in a rematch of last year's semifinal game.

Patterson's leading contributor for the night was Arrington, who notched nine points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists. Jenkins and Kiara Job each added seven points and four boards for the Tigers.

Also filling up the stat sheet for Patterson on Friday was Craven, Hansen (five steals) and Tupouata (10 rebounds) with six points apiece.

Craven had 16 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Patterson over Mills High of Millbrae as the tournament opened Thursday, Dec. 26.

Patterson's other top scorers for the contest were Arrington (three rebounds, three assists), Cashen (eight rebounds) and Jenkins (six rebounds), who each had eight points.

Hansen added seven points and six rebounds, while Tupouata had six points and a team-high 11 rebounds for the Tigers.

"The preseason was such a great experience for these girls," Tolleson said. "We played at a higher level because every team we faced had a great program, and that pushed our girls."

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