The CIF Foundation games are the first competitive matchups for many area teams.
After a slow start, Patterson showed what it could do, achieving a 61-33 victory against a Modesto team that seemed overwhelmed on both ends of the floor.
Patterson coach Elizabeth Tolleson attributed that result to her team’s depth.
“Our offense always starts with our defense,” Tolleson said. “The great thing is that we’re so deep. We can apply a press for the entire game and not have any drop-off on the defensive end. Once we establish ourselves on defense, we find our rhythm.”
Patterson junior Jovanah Arrington led all scorers with 11 points, while juniors Dayna Hansen (nine rebounds) and Kiara Job (six rebounds) each scored eight and seniors Shantel Perez (six assists) and Janel Ortega (four steals) each tallied seven.
Patterson’s full-court press made the game turn on edge in the second quarter. Modesto registered just three points in the period and had more turnovers than shot attempts.
The Tigers, meanwhile, developed a four-point first-quarter lead into a 29-12 advantage at halftime, dominating the pace throughout the match.
Arrington gave the edge to the Tigers with a 3-point play near the four-minute mark, before teammate Mele Tupouta (11 rebounds), a junior, made a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left to give her squad a 13-9 first-quarter advantage.
Second-quarter play belonged to Patterson.
Junior Gianna Martin and Tupouata opened the frame with put-back baskets, followed by a 3-pointer from sophomore Shealyn Craven, off an assist from Perez, that put the Tigers ahead 20-10. Arrington scored five straight points to help give Patterson a 17-point lead at the intermission.
The Panthers got the second half started with five consecutive points, before Perez found Ortega for a transition layup. From there, Patterson outscored Modesto 17-7 in the third quarter.
A layup by Job with about two minutes remaining in the frame pushed the lead to 20 points (43-23), and Perez added a 3-pointer and an assist to freshman Danielle Jenkins (four rebounds), who beat the third-quarter buzzer and stretched the lead to 48-24.
“I think we’ll be able to accomplish great things this season if we can work together,” said Ortega, a guard for Patterson. “A lot of us have played together (at the varsity level) for three years now. It doesn’t matter who we have in the game, the intensity stays the same.”
The Tigers’ final surge was too much for Modesto to overcome.
A 7-0 burst to begin the fourth quarter, capped by Arrington’s 3-pointer with about five minutes to play, improved the advantage to 55-24. Junior Makayla Robinson’s 3 from the wing put the finishing touch on the 28-point victory.
“It’s a real advantage to have so much depth on the team,” Tolleson said. “We’re a guard-heavy team that is tenacious on defense, and that’s huge for us. We can substitute in a number of different players and not lose our stride.”
Monday’s game was a benefit for the CIF Foundation. Admission fees support the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Dale Lacky Awards, which provide college scholarships to the section’s leading scholar-athletes.
Patterson continues the season on the road at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, against Modesto’s Enochs High.
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