Patton, Tigers squeak by Trojans

BOTKINS — Aided by a costly technical foul down the stretch, the Waynesfield-Goshen girls basketball team was able to steal a victory from the Botkins Trojans Monday night.

Led by senior Kaylee Patton who netted a game-high 23 points on the night, the Tigers won the game, 49-46.

With the score tied at 40 a piece in the fourth quarter, Patton went up for a shot and was fouled. Botkins head coach Don Mack disagreed with the call, and let the referees know about it. 

The referees took no time giving Mack a technical foul.

Patton then knocked down all four free throws.

“We felt if kept it close, with a girl like Kaylee, we’d be in the ball game to the end.,” said Ted Patton, Waynesfield varsity coach. “Thank goodness she did get fouled, and then the technical really helped out. It really was the difference in the game.”

Mack, obviously disappointed with the loss, was almost at a loss for words.

“What can I say? The timing was not good, and she hit all four free throws,” Mack said.

Botkins led for much of the game Monday, but a strong fourth quarter for the Tigers was the difference.

“We tried to get the ball inside the second half more, we tried to attack a little more, and we started to get them into foul trouble,” Ted Patton said.

Botkins led at every intermission, except the final, and even led by five at halftime, 25-20.

“We didn’t execute offensively when we needed to. There was a three minute stretch when we didn’t score. Once they took the lead, we never got it back. We just couldn’t execute,” Mack said.

Ted Patton said attributed a lot of the second half success to 

“We challenged them a lot at halftime to improve the rebounding. There were a lot of times in the first half that we were one and done. We challenged them to go get it and get the rebound,” Ted Patton said.

Botkins shot a respectable 11-of-15 from the foul line, including a 7-of-7 performance from Logan Pitts. 

Pitts finished the game with a team-high 15 points.

Waynesfield shot 16-of-22 from the foul line, and 18 of those attempts were by Kaylee Patton. Rebecca Stevens was Waynesfield’s second leading scorer, with nine points on the evening. 

Botkins drops to 4-5 on the season. Waynesfield improves to 4-2 on the season. 

Botkins plays next against Fairlawn on Thursday. They play at home.

Waynesfield’s next action is a home game against Marion Local, also on Thursday.