Central Valley High of Ceres is the latest team to get run over by the big crimson and gray juggernaut. Shealyn Craven scored 22 points, including 6-of-8 from behind the arc, Povai Fesili displayed Swiss-Army-knife-like ability off the bench and the Tigers secured their second straight undefeated league crown in an easy 64-40 win Tuesday night.
Patterson logged its second consecutive Western Athletic Conference title against the Hawks on Senior Night, and finished undefeated in league play at 12-0, winning its 26th straight regular season game.
The Tigers are 23-4 overall, and claimed their 19th win in 20 games.
Craven lights it up from long range
It's been remarkable to watch Shealyn Craven hit the mark, over and over again, from three-point land, said Patterson coach Elizabeth Tolleson.
Tuesday night, Craven broke the school's record for most three-pointers in a season with 74, missing just two times on eight attempts. Britney Borba (2004-05) previously owned the Tiger record of 72.
In her third season on the varsity team, Craven currently ranks first on the Tigers' career list for 3-pointers made with 189, shattering another all-time program record (155) earlier this season.
On Dec. 12, in a 1-point defeat against Lincoln High of Stockton at Modesto Christian High's Crusader Classic, Craven connected on seven shots from three-point distance, setting a Patterson record for most threes made in a game.
Craven's seven treys set a school mark previously held by Rosa Olvera, who netted six threes in a game 18 years ago.
No shortage of options for Tigers
Patterson essentially has a pool of 11 players that on any given night could be called on to start for most regional teams, a dream scenario for almost any head coach.
Against the Hawks, Povai Fesili's outburst was illustrative of the type of spark Patterson's depth can provide. The junior guard had one of the most productive stat lines of her Tiger career -- eight points, five rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks.
Patterson got eight points and eight rebounds from junior Ariyanna Cashen, and senior Dayna Hansen had seven points, eight rebounds and two steals.
Senior Jovanah Arrington filled up the stat sheet with seven points, seven assists, five steals and three rebounds, and sophomore Danielle Jenkins had six points and four rebounds for the Tigers.
Tiger seniors honored
Being Patterson's last regular season home game, it was also Senior Night, when the team honored its five seniors.
Before the game, a ceremony was held with each of the Tigers' seniors -- Arrington, Hansen, Janae Jackson, Kiara Job and Mele Tupouata -- introduced individually. Flowers were given by the players to their family members. And next year's returners gave short recollections of the five athletes, including each player's impact on Patterson's basketball program.
Tuesday night's win against Central Valley marked the first back-to-back league titles at Patterson since the 2001-02 season.
Can the Tigers run the postseason gauntlet and earn a section title?
That answer for Patterson will begin to unfold next week, when the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs get underway.
The No. 3-seed Tigers head back to the Patterson High gymnasium on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to face No. 14 Benicia High (9-12) in the opening round of the Division III playoffs. Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or firstname.lastname@example.org.