Starters get assist from bench as Patterson shreds Los Banos
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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Patterson High's varsity girls basketball team went up 18-0 in the early stages of Tuesday night's Western Athletic Conference game, and it was fairly certain that the Tigers would cruise to another easy win.

The first 20 points of the game were scored by Patterson and the rout was on as the Tigers improved to 8-0 on the conference season after blasting Los Banos High 71-11 in front of a large crowd on homecoming night.

It was the 22nd straight league victory for the local squad.

Ten different Patterson players scored in the same game for the fifth-straight time, as the Tiger bench came through once again to the delight of the fervent hometown supporters.

The 18-0 first period featured at least two points from five different Tigers. And a 22-6 run to close the opening half included at least a pair of points each from five Tigers that did not score during the 18-point spurt.

Patterson coach Elizabeth Tolleson is spending a lot of time figuring out how to get everyone minutes this season.

It's a good problem to have for the Tigers (19-4 overall), who tallied 37 points off the bench in Tuesday's pummeling of Los Banos.

The Tiger bench was 17 for 35 (48 percent) from the field, and scored 22 of the final 24 points of the game for Patterson.

Pressed into extended duty Tuesday evening, Patterson's reserve athletes shined on the hardwood, as all six players were part of an effective supporting cast for the Tigers.

Ariyanna Cashen of Patterson was 4 for 6 from the field, and finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, and Janae Jackson (4 for 7) added nine points.

Tiana Barron knocked down a pair of 3's, while Danielle Jenkins (six points) grabbed seven rebounds and had two startling good blocked shots during her time on the floor. Povai Fesili contributed eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and boundless energy in her minutes.

Patterson fashioned a 40-6 first-half advantage in which the Tigers shot 45 percent.

Patterson used mostly reserves and the mercy-rule running clock was in effect for the entire fourth quarter, but the Tigers still outscored Los Banos 31-5 in the second half.

Mele Tupouata (nine rebounds) scored a game-high 13 points, Shealyn Craven had seven and Jovanah Arrington (three assists) added six for Patterson, who have won 15 of their past 16 games overall.

When the starting five athletes are sitting on the bench next to Tolleson, Patterson is not without its spark and doesn't struggle to create offense from its defense.

Like their counter parts, the supporting cast has a knack for making plays, and typically are in the middle of pileups that result in the floor burns that are near and dear to players' hearts, Tolleson said.

The coach pointed to the team's continued growth and maturation and its toughness in answering opponents' challenges and punching back.

The Tigers will continue the WAC season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Pacheco High of Los Banos.

Junior varsity

The JV Tigers ran visiting Los Banos out of the gym Tuesday night in a 54-15 victory in a WAC showdown before a homecoming crowd.

With a flurry of fast-break layups and transition baskets, Patterson overmatched the namesake Los Banos Tigers in a one-sided display of superior hustle and execution.

Kajeane Davis (four rebounds, three assists) scored 12 points for Patterson, and Emma Hansen added 10 points off the bench. Samantha Dougherty (four rebounds) and Jadan Rodriguez both finished with nine.

Danielle DeForest dropped in six points, and teammate Esther Ekueme recorded five points and nine boards for the Tigers.

Patterson also benefited from a game-high 10 boards from Brandy Brown.

Freshmen

Jaira Luna's double-double wouldn't be enough as visiting Los Banos came away with a 35-18 victory over the freshman Tigers in WAC action Tuesday evening at the Patterson High gymnasium.

Luna scored a team-high 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Patterson. She also led the Tigers in steals with five.

Veronica Vargas tallied four points and 10 rebounds, Nau Paletua had three points, three rebounds and four steals, and Tequea Penney added 10 boards and three steals in the loss.

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