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Originally published: 2014-01-15 16:21:26
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Patton girls race past Watauga

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

MORGANTON -- Watauga's girls' basketball team was outscored by 12 points in the fourth quarter and fell to Paton 61-47 Tuesday in a game that started at 5 p.m., because of final exams being taken at Watauga.

The Pioneers (5-10, 3-2 Northwestern Conference) got 15 points from Savanna Wood and 12 from Ryan Loflin, but could not stop Lindsey Adams, who finished with a game-high 19 points for Patton (6-8, 2-3).

Taylor Chapman and Malorie Tallant each scored 10 points for the Panthers. Tallant scored nine of her points on three 3-point baskets.

Overall, the Panthers made six 3-point baskets against the Pioneers.

Watauga pulled to within 47-43 in the fourth quarter, but Patton went on a 9-2 run capped by a Tallant 3-point shot. Watauga never got closer than eight points.

Patton outscored the Pioneers 20-8 in the fourth quarter. It was a sharp contrast to the beginning of the third quarter that saw Watauga claim a 34-25 lead.

"We did things in the first half we've been trying to do all year," Pioneers coach Klay Anderson said. "We got the ball inside. We got post production -- not big-time points, but we had production from several of our players. We attacked the rim. We did such a nice job getting to the basket."

Adams started to warm up in the second half by scoring all of her 19 points in the final 16 minutes. Adams had 10 points during a 17-3 Patton run that gave the Panthers a 41-37 lead with 19 seconds left in the third quarter.

"She played outstanding," Anderson said. "Her team found her in the second half."

The Pioneers moved to within 42-41, but never re-took the lead.

"Give them credit because they stuck to their game plan," Anderson said. "The bottom line is they made more shots in the second half and they played a little harder than we did (in the second half). I'm always disappointed when we lose, but they played harder than we did and with a little more passion."

Watauga faces a tough task Friday night when the Pioneers host powerful Hickory.

 

Patton girls 61, Watauga 47

Watauga 47 (5-10, 3-2)

Wood 6 1-2 15, Derrick 2 0-0 4, Carroll 2 3-5 7, Loflin 3 6-9 12, McNeill 2 0-1 4, Brown 1 0-0 2, Stapleton 1 0-0 2, Jones 0 1-2 1, Foutz 0 0-0 0, Millsaps 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 11-19 47.

Patton (6-8, 2-3)

Bauer 0 2-5 2, Tallant 3 1-2 10, LeCroy 1 0-0 2, Rooks 1 3-7 5, Putnam 2 0-0 4, Chapman 4 1-2 10, Lynn 1 0-0 2, Adams 12 3-4 19, Hall 2 3-4 7, Mack 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 13-24 61.

Watauga          9 17 13 8 -- 47

Patton             9 13 19 20 -- 61

3-point goals--Watauga 2 (Wood 2), Patton 6 (Tallant 3, Adams 2, Chapman). Total fouls--Watauga 19, Patton 18. Fouled out--None. Technical fouls--None.