Tigers keep momentum after tournament win
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As Patterson High's varsity girls basketball team came off a recent victory in the consolation finals of the Crusader Classic at Modesto Christian High, the Tigers hoped to build on the momentum they had gained.

"These girls have so much potential, and they can go far, but I just need to push them to continue to learn from their mistakes," said Patterson coach Elizabeth Tolleson. "Our players' knowledge is constantly growing, and they will eventually figure things out for themselves."

No one was left off the scoreboard Monday, Dec. 16, as Patterson received points from all 11 of its players in a 67-16 rout against visiting Davis High of Modesto.

Povai Fesili led Patterson with 11 points. Teammate Mele Tupouata added 10 points, while Jovanah Arrington contributed seven. Tiana Barron, Ariyanna Cashen, Shealyn Craven and Danielle Jenkins each finished with 6 points for the Tigers (6-3).

Widely regarded as one of the best pure shooters in the region, Craven poured in 16 3-pointers in three games during Modesto Christian's annual tournament.

"Shealyn has a lot of heart. She's really a strong person," Tolleson said. "She comes out and she's aggressive offensively and defensively, and that says a lot about her character."

The Tigers defeated Florin High of Sacramento, 51-46, in the finale Saturday, Dec. 14, capturing consolation honors at the event.

Craven scored a team-high 15 points, all of them from long range, to lead the Patterson charge past the Florin Panthers. Tupouata added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Arrington notched seven points and three assists. Kiara Job tallied seven points and 10 boards for the Tigers.

In the consolation semifinals, Craven (four 3-pointers) again exploded for 15 points to aid Patterson in a 56-51 triumph of Clovis High on Friday, Dec. 13.

Other offensive leaders in the Patterson win over the Clovis Cougars were Job with 11 points, Arrington with nine and Tupouata with seven.

With seven 3-pointers against Lincoln High of Stockton on Dec. 12, Craven broke Patterson High's single-game record for treys.

But Zahria Hendrix deposited the go-ahead bucket with the scoreboard showing zeroes and the Lincoln Trojans beat the Tigers 54-53.

"I'm super-happy that I finally (broke the school record). I've been telling coach that I was going to break it since my freshman year," Craven said. "I didn't want to take it with a loss, but it's nice. Finally it's mine."

Against Lincoln, Craven paced Patterson with 21 points. Job scored 10 points to go with four rebounds, while Tupouata finished with six points and 10 rebounds. Dayna Hansen added five points, four boards and three assists for the Tigers.

"This early season schedule will work out well for us," Craven said. "These are real games for us -- these are real athletes that we're playing against. We plan to go strong this year towards playoffs."

The Tigers will travel for the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Girls Basketball Tournament, opening their portion of the event with an 4:30 p.m. game against Mills High of Milbrae on Thursday, Dec. 26.

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