Patterson girls keep perfect WAC record intact
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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If Patterson High's varsity girls basketball team does finish its year with a second straight perfect league season, it won't be easy to pinpoint which game presented the biggest challenge of all.

When the Tigers clobbered Ceres High, 87-16, on Jan. 7, they were tested rarely, extending a long conference winning streak, dating back to the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

One week later, the Ceres Bulldogs led for much of the first quarter but then were dominated for long stretches by Patterson, which won, 76-29, at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

While Ceres showed promise since the first meeting between the Bulldogs and the Tigers, there still is a huge talent gap between the two teams.

Following Tuesday night's shellacking of the Bulldogs, Patterson is unbeaten in its last 18 WAC contests, with a scoring margin of plus-49 a game after four league wins this season.

Patterson coach Elizabeth Tolleson's solution to having 11 girls who can play has been to play them all.

It has made the top-ranked Tigers the deepest and most dangerous contingent in the Western Athletic Conference.

Patterson's rotation is the envy of league opponents everywhere, and its experienced and athletic pool of reserves has allowed the Tigers (15-4 overall, 4-0 WAC) to push the tempo whenever they want.

Patterson led Ceres by 10 (33-23) at halftime Tuesday night, but the Tigers kept the game up tempo forcing the visitors into several turnovers and outscored the Bulldogs 43-6 in the final two quarters to earn the victory.

Jovanah Arrington nearly outscored Ceres herself, recording 20 points to go with five assists and seven steals for the Tigers, while teammate Shealyn Craven had 18 points, including six 3-pointers.

Danielle Jenkins gave Patterson 10 points, 10 rebounds and two steals, and Mele Tupouata added eight points and 11 boards.

Povai Fesili tallied seven points and six rebounds, while Kiara Job finished with five points and four steals for the Tigers.

Patterson will continue the WAC season at home at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, against the Livingston High Wolves.

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