PERRY TOWNSHIP — Once Waynesfield-Goshen senior guard Kaylee Patton got on track, there was no stopping her.
After going 0-for-5 from the field and seeing her team trail 16-11 by the end of the first quarter to Northwest Central Conference rival Perry, Patton gave her team the spark it needed as Waynesfield-Goshen took the lead and then pulled away for a convincing 71-50 victory Thursday in girls basketball action at Perry’s Leonard V. Volbert Gymnasium.
Patton led all scorers with 34 points, while coming away with nine rebounds, four steals and five assists. Patton got to the free throw line often, hitting 16-of-21 from the charity stripe. Lidia Turner added nine points, including two 3–pointers for Waynesfield-Goshen (2-2, 1-0 NWCC).
“It’s tough sometimes, because she’s a part of a lot of double teams,” said W-G coach Ted Patton, Kaylee’s father. “But when she gets going, it really makes us click. We then can push the ball down the court and get the ball to the open person. So that’s how we really click.”
For Perry (0-4, 0-1), Courtney Trent poured in 19 points, including two 3-pointers. Abbie Patton added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. Patton also connected three times behind the arc.
Waynesfield-Goshen got off to a sluggish start, hitting just 3-of-15 from the floor in the first quarter. Perry, on the other hand, made 7-of-14 from the floor, led by Trent’s nine points on 4-of-5 shooting.
After the slow start, W-G pulled out to a 43-29 lead by the halftime break. Patton poured in 19 points in the second quarter to lead the Tigers, on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor. By the end of the third quarter, W-G’s lead grew to 58-41.
“We came out and played well, defensively, until we started jumping around,” Perry coach Herb Lane said. “Our big girls have to understand and believe in their height. They feel like they have to get off the floor and defend a girl that is a lot shorter. We get in foul trouble. And the foul trouble doesn’t show up in the first quarter. It shows up in the second quarter when we put them in the bonus. We sent them to foul line and we couldn’t get through that second quarter.”
W-G outscored Perry 32-13 in the second stanza.
For the game, W-G shot 39 percent from the floor, while Perry connected on 33 percent of its field goal attempts.
At the free throw line, W-G was 22-of-33. Perry was 12-of-29 from the stripe.
“Our defense kind of picked it up a little bit and we started helping each other a little bit,” coach Patton said. “And we didn’t give up the easy shots like we did in the first quarter. And hand it to Perry. They came out ready to play at the beginning of the game.”