W-G runs past Shawnee in season opener

Sports Editor

The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers, with two freshmen making huge impacts, ran past the Shawnee Indians on Friday to notch a win in their season opener.

W-G operated a solid transition offense throughout its 78-57 win Friday in the first day of varsity girls basketball action.

In their high school hoops debuts, point guard Emily Patton had 35 points while center Alicia Kessler recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Patton’s performance included two 3-pointers, five assists and three steals.

“Emily scored a lot but every girl can score,” W-G varsity coach Ted Patton said. “We ran a lot of transition tonight.

“Alicia did a good job posting up,” he said. “She got her scoring there.”

W-G sophomore Kiersten Wilcox had nine points and 10 rebounds Friday.

Abbie Van Horn notched 11, while Sydney Buffenbarger scored six to conclude W-G’s scoring.

The Tigers opened the game with a 24-11 advantage after the first period. Their difference was only plus one in the second period, 14-13, as the Tigers held a 38-24 lead.

A high-scoring third quarter saw W-G own a 26-22 margin to lead 64-46 entering the fourth.

The Tigers closed out their win with a 14-11 difference in the final period Friday over their Western Buckeye League counterpart.

“That’s a Division II school,” Patton said of Shawnee. “It’s a good-sized win for us tonight.”

Patton said the most positive aspect of his team’s win Friday was seeing previous hard work pay off so far.

“It’s really good,” the coach said. “They’ve worked hard this summer and this fall. It shows that effort will pay off. They got rewarded for that. It makes it nice to have kids willing to work.

“It’s a confidence builder for our young team,” he said.

W-G played Friday’s game without Lidia Turner, its lone senior on the roster.

She will miss at least two more games with an injury.

The Tigers will continue their season Tuesday with a non-league game against Marion Local of the Midwest Athletic Conference.