“Finishing second at this tournament is a positive thing for us,” said Patterson coach Elizabeth Tolleson. “We came out and played hard against a very good team. Hopefully, the success we had here at this tournament will set the tone for the rest of our season.”
Brookside Christian — the defending California Interscholastic Federation Division V champion — scored 15 3-pointers to crush Patterson and pick up its sixth straight win.
Tiara Tucker drained six 3’s as she led the Knights (11-2) with 28 points.
The defeat snapped the Tigers’ 10-game winning streak.
Patterson (11-2) made its fourth appearance in the tournament’s championship game — the program’s first since 1997, according to Tolleson.
“Every girl who stepped on the court played hard and did what we asked, for the most part. We deserved to be in the championship game,” Tolleson said. “I was very happy with how we played, but not satisfied. We have little things we need to correct on both ends of the court, but the girls got a taste of what it is like to have to play hard for all four quarters.”
Brookside Christian kept up a relentless full-court press for most of the contest, and Patterson managed only one field goal in the first eight minutes of play.
Meanwhile, the Knights built a 31-2 first-quarter lead, hitting six of their first 10 attempts from behind the 3-point line.
The Tigers regrouped and played better in the second quarter, when both teams scored 17 points.
Junior Mele Tupouata (14 points, six rebounds) finished the second quarter with eight points, but Patterson trailed 48-19 at the break.
In the second half, the Knights kept up their fast-paced game and continued to force turnovers.
With Brookside Christian out in front 67-26 after three quarters, the game went to a running clock in the fourth.
Patterson junior Gianna Martin had seven points for the game, and classmate Kiara Job scored four to go with her four rebounds. Senior Shantel Perez contributed six rebounds and five assists for Patterson.
Juniors Jovanah Arrington and Tupouata both earned spots on the all-tournament team.
“I let the team know that this was a learning experience and that we just need to improve on a few things,” Tolleson said. “If we can do that, then we’ll be fine.”
Patterson 49, Gregori 45
The Tigers advanced to the championship round of the tournament with a victory over previously unbeaten Gregori High of Modesto on Friday, Dec. 28.
Arrington scored 12 of her team-high 14 points after halftime, and Tupouata (11 points, 19 rebounds) pulled down 13 second-half boards as the Tigers won their 10th game in a row.
“This team tries to go as hard as it can in every game,” Arrington said. “We try to keep pushing ourselves, especially in the fourth quarter, when it matters most.”
After playing to an 18-18 tie at halftime, Patterson and Gregori (11-1) stayed within two points of each other most of the second half.
The third quarter featured four lead changes. Senior Janel Ortega, sophomore Shealyn Craven and Job (10 rebounds) each scored four points in the period, which ended in a 32-32 stalemate.
The teams again traded leads early in the final period before the Tigers were able to pull away for good.
Arrington connected on a pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers as she and Tupouata combined to score Patterson’s final 17 points of the contest.
“Towards the end of the game, we started to realize how much we wanted (to win),” Tupouata said. “This win shows how far we have come as a team.”
Patterson 51, Lathrop 28
The Tigers thrashed Lathrop High on Thursday, Dec. 27.
Against Lathrop, Arrington (four rebounds, four assists) scored six of her team-high 10 points in the first quarter, helping her team to a 16-5 lead after eight minutes of play.
Lathrop (5-7) scored the first four points of the second period before Patterson again turned up the offense.
The Tigers outscored Lathrop 16-6 in the second quarter and closed the first half with a 16-2 run that rolled over into a commanding third period.
Freshman Danielle Jenkins (six points, 10 rebounds) and Craven (nine points) each scored four points in the third to take a 44-17 edge into the final quarter of play.
Tupouata finished with six points and 10 rebounds, while junior Dayna Hansen contributed eight points and five boards. Perez posted four points and four rebounds for Patterson.
“We came out focused and looked to make the right decisions with the ball,” Tolleson, the coach, said. “We wanted to emphasize creating turnovers on defense. Once we are able to create turnovers, it’s easier for our offense to find its rhythm and score points.”
Patterson 67, Turlock 48
Arrington had 19 points to lead Patterson over Turlock High as the tournament opened Dec. 26.
Patterson’s other leading scorers for the night were Craven, who tallied 15 points, and Tupouata, who added 14.
The Tigers will continue the season Thursday, Jan. 3, as they travel to face Livingston High at 7:30 p.m.
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