Led by the brilliant play of three double-digit scorers, the Tigers breezed to a 64-17 rout, becoming the first girls basketball team in school history to reach the second round of the NorCal playoffs.
No. 1 Enterprise High of Redding (26-2) hosts Patterson (26-5) at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 15. If the Tigers can bottle much of what transpired in the first half against Analy (19-12), they should be in good shape against the Hornets.
Kiara Job (seven rebounds, six steals) led the Tigers with a game-high 12 points, going 5-of-6 from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. Jovanah Arrington (three steals, four assists) chipped in 11 points, and Povai Fesili (four rebounds, eight steals, four assists) added 10 points, hitting 5 of her 8 attempts from the floor.
The Tigers were machine-like in the first half.
This game was over early, starting with a bucket by Arrington on the first possession. Shealyn Craven (eight points) stole the ball on the ensuing touch and passed to Mele Tupouata (five rebounds, five steals, seven blocks) for another hoop. After Job hit a pair of free throws, Tupouata blocked a shot that started a fast break at the other end, resulting in Job's layup for the 8-0 lead.
Analy had a scary moment during that play when its primary ball-handler Bailey Hunter went down with an apparent left knee injury. Appearing to be in some serious pain, Hunter was helped off the court and was not able to return.
After a steal and a bucket from Craven, it was 10-0 Tigers. Analy finally cracked the scoreboard at the 5 minute, 22 second mark when Jenna Petray put in a shot. But Patterson went up 22-6 after one quarter of play as the deluge continued.
The Tigers closed the first half with a 16-2 run. Sina Fuiava (six points) scored with seven seconds remaining before the intermission as Analy narrowly escaped being shutout in the second quarter. But Fesili answered with a shot at the buzzer and Patterson led 38-8 at halftime.
The Tigers shot sharply in the opening half, making 15 of 34 attempts (44 percent).
The win looked like a foregone conclusion but scrums for loose balls with bodies diving to the floor were the norm for Patterson in the ensuing eight minutes of action.
With a 58-15 lead after three quarters and all 11 varsity athletes playing well, Tigers coach Elizabeth Tolleson got about five minutes to close the contest out with five junior varsity reserves.
The Tigers haven't lost a home game in two seasons. In their final contest playing inside their home gymnasium, Patterson's five seniors made sure to add another win.
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