To do so, she urged the Tigers to approach their next two games as if they were the start of a fresh season.
They responded by defeating Davis High of Modesto 61-24 on Friday, Dec. 14, and Hughson High 60-37 on Monday, Dec. 17 — extending their winning streak to five games.
“I always expect the girls to work their tails off and leave everything out on the court,” Tolleson said. “I want the players to use what they are taught at practice. Thankfully, the team is stepping up to that challenge.”
The Tigers (6-1) dominated from the start against Davis. They used accurate shooting and stingy defense to build a lead in the first quarter before the home team could get anything going, Tolleson said.
“Our press was very intense and we did a great job reading Davis’ offense and pouncing on any opportunities,” Tolleson said.
Patterson sophomore Shealyn Craven led the way with 12 points. Kiara Job, a junior, added 11 points and eight rebounds. Dayna Hansen scored 10 points to go with nine rebounds and two steals, while fellow junior Jovanah Arringaton added seven points and two steals.
On Monday, the Tigers pulled away from the visiting Huskies in the third quarter.
“The first half was dreadful — we played very sloppy,” Tolleson said. “After halftime, we came out ready to play and we took it to Hughson. We got back to playing our game. We dictated the rest of the game.”
Craven scored 19 points and made two steals, Arrington added 15 points and junior Mele Tupouata chipped in 10 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Job contributed four points and eight boards.
“It’s really nice when after a game, there are a lot more positives then negatives to talk about,” Tolleson said. “There are always things we need to polish up on and get better at, but we enjoy each win.”
Patterson will continue its nonleague schedule at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Pitman High of Turlock.
The JV Tigers also compiled a pair of wins, besting Davis High 72-44 on Friday, followed by a 43-35 triumph over Hughson High on Monday.
Patterson coach Sara Gomez said she expected nothing less from her team.
“We have a very talented group of girls,” she said. “We have played a tough preseason schedule and have done great so far.”
At Davis, Aryianna Cashen scored 32 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Maria Cortez and Julia Sill each added 10 points for Patterson (5-2).
“Cashen has shown her skills on and off the court this year,” Gomez said. “I am very pleased with her commitment to the team. She is a positive role model.”
At home against Hughson, Leanna Lindsey and Cortez came up big for Patterson, each scoring a team-high nine points to lead the host Tigers to victory. Cashen contributed six points and 17 rebounds.
“We’re playing hard and fighting until the end,” Gomez said. “Everything is coming together for us.”
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