After opening the season with blowout wins over Livingston High and Ceres High, the Tigers pummeled another WAC foe convincingly, this time Central Catholic 66-42 on Thursday, Jan. 9.
In their two previous conference matchups, the Tigers won by an average margin of 63 points. Last week, Central Catholic also was limited with what it could do, both offensively and defensively, against a powerful Patterson lineup.
Senior Jovanah Arrington (two assists) was Patterson's leading scorer with 22 points, including nine in the third quarter. Classmate Dayna Hansen finished the game with 11 points and four assists, and sophomore Danielle Jenkins (four points) collected a team-high nine rebounds.
Patterson (14-4 overall, 3-0 WAC) got eight points, seven rebounds and two assists from senior Mele Tupouata. Senior Kiara Job (five rebounds) and juniors Ariyanna Cashen (four rebounds) and Povai Fesili all had six points for the Tigers.
Tupouata came up with a nice steal and immediately ran it down the court for a wide open layup in the early seconds of the first quarter. Five different Tiger players tallied points in the frame, including five from Arrington, to make it 15-4 in Patterson's favor to end the opening period.
Junior Shealyn Craven's three-point play with 25 seconds left in the second quarter helped cap an 11-3 run to close the first half as the Tigers forged ahead for a 33-13 lead at the intermission.
Hansen drove the lane and found Cashen underneath for a layup, before splitting a pair of free throws at the three-second mark to put Patterson up 51-26 heading into the final eight minutes.
On Patterson's first possession of the fourth quarter, Central Catholic let it be known that it was frustrated by its own play, and its inability to stop the Tigers, sending Arrington to the line to shoot two free throws plus possession of the ball out of bounds following an intentional foul.
The intensity and physical play were dialed up, but Patterson did not take the bait.
Arrington's corner 3-pointer at the 4:10 mark gave Patterson its biggest lead at 30, and the Tigers were able to hold off a late Central Catholic charge to preserve their three-game winning streak.
The Tigers will continue the conference season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, against visiting Livingston High.
The JV Tigers were undaunted by Central Catholic's pesky defense and brought home a 45-35 win on Thursday, Jan. 9.
Leading the Patterson offense was freshman Samantha Dougherty (seven rebounds, two assists) with 11 points, including the first seven of the game for the Tigers.
Esther Ekwueme (nine rebounds) scored 10, while Jadan Rodriguez (four rebounds) and Kajeane Davis (three rebounds) each scored nine for the Tigers.
Brandy Brown contributed nine rebounds for Patterson (1-2 WAC).
Patterson suffered its third loss of the WAC campaign Thursday, Jan. 9, falling to Central Catholic 48-16.
The scoring leader for the Tigers (0-3 WAC) was Jaira Luna with six points. Nau Paletua and Crystal Sanchez each scored three for Patterson, and Tequea Penney and Veronica Vargas each netted two points.
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