Sophomore Shealyn Craven led a balanced offense, scoring 13 points as Patterson routed the host team.
“Playing in Chowchilla’s tournament this weekend was exactly what we needed,” said Patterson coach Elizabeth Tolleson. “It built confidence in a lot of the girls. Leadership was shown. We also controlled the tempo, which played a big part in our success. We played our game.”
Sophomore Tiana Barron and junior Kiara Job each made two steals for the Tigers (4-1) in the tournament finale.
Craven earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors , and senior Shantel Perez and junior Jovanah Arrington earned places on the all-tournament team.
“Shealyn displayed excellent defense at this tournament and played three complete basketball games,” Tolleson said. “Jovanah worked her tail off on the defensive end, while putting her offensive game to great use. Shantel contributed by controlling the game at guard and getting the ball to the right people.”
Patterson reached the championship game with a 45-27 victory against Western Athletic Conference foe Los Banos High on Friday, Dec. 7.
Craven had 13 points, and Arrington had three assists and four steals. Junior Dayna Hansen notched three steals, and freshman Danielle Jenkins added three blocked shots for the Tigers.
“Our full-court press was very aggressive and we had a lot of deflections, which turned into steals,” Tolleson said. “It was an up-tempo game, but we threw different looks at Los Banos and didn’t allow them to do what they wanted. We dictated the entire game.”
On Thursday, Dec. 6, in the opening round of the tournament, Craven scored 15 points — all on 3-pointers — as she led Patterson to a 59-5 shellacking of Avenal High.
The game was the Tigers’ first since their lone loss of the season, a 41-38 defeat by Enochs High of Modesto on Dec. 4.
The key to Patterson’s lopsided victory was defense, according to the coach, as the Tigers created turnovers and made easy layups.
“We were very patient when we pressed Avenal and forced them to throw the ball into our hands. We were able to convert those steals into points,” Tolleson said. “The girls did a great job making their opponent work on defense and frustrated Avenal’s main players.”
The Tigers tallied the first 33 points of the game, while holding Avenal to just one total field goal.
Patterson held Avenal scoreless in the first half, a credit to the Tigers playing tight on the Buccaneer ball handlers and forcing mistakes that resulted in points on the other end.
Hansen scored 10 points to go with a game-high nine rebounds for Patterson. Arrington had six points, 10 steals, five rebounds and four assists; junior Mele Tupouata ended with six points and six rebounds; and Job chipped in with six points, five steals and three boards.
“We worked very hard at this tournament, and it paid off,” Tolleson said. “We should be happy, but never satisfied.”
Patterson will continue its nonleague schedule at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Grace Davis High of Modesto.
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