WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield- Goshen girls basketball team likes to get a shot up within the first few seconds of every offensive possession. New Knoxville will pass the ball around for 15 passes before finding an open shot in its methodical half-court sets.
With time on it side, New Knoxville’s patience won out.
The Rangers got out to a big lead on Tuesday night and melted the clock just enough in the fourth quarter to sidestep Waynesfield-Goshen’s Kaylee Patton’s 31-point barrage and a late Tiger comeback in a 49-43 road win.
New Knoxville at Waynesfield-Goshen Girls Basketball
Patton exploded for 31 points on 11-of-21 shooting, including a1 4-for-6 shooting night from 3-point range. Patton did much of that damage during a rally that cut a 14-point New Knoxville lead down to four points in the fourth quarter. Patton hit 5-of-6 shots in the fourth quarter, draining 3-of-3 from long distance.
“She’s a very good ballplayer,” New Knoxville head coach Tim Hegemier said. “I thought we had her held in check and then in the fourth quarter she starts lighting it up.”
New Knoxville Haley Horstman scored a team-high 16 points. Kalyn Schroer and Paige Lehman added eight points
The Rangers (8-3) broke open a game that was tied 11-11 after one quarter by outscoring the Tigers by seven points in each of the second and third quarters.
New Knoxville led 39-25 heading into the fourth quarter.
Waynesfield-Goshen head coach Ted Patton said New Knoxville’s defense in the middle quarters held his team in check.
“Give them all the credit,” Patton said. “That was pressure like we haven’t seen before this year.”
New Knoxville made just 5-of-17 shots in the first quarter, but the Rangers got more patient and efficient offensively as the game went along. The Rangers hit 6-of-10 shots in the second quarter and then knocked down 6-of-11 shots in the third quarter.
“We moved a lot quicker and passed the ball a lot better,” Hegemier said. “We were seeing the open person. I thought in the first quarter we were very slow and really flat on our feet.”
The Rangers sopped up clock with long possessions in the fourth quarter, putting up just six shots from the floor to help lessen the damage of Waynesfield-Goshen’s 18-point fourth quarter.
Patton hit a 3-pointer with 1:15 left to cut the lead under 10 at 43-36. After a new Knoxville turnover and a pair of Kinzie Jarnigan free throws, the Horstman took the ball into the lane and dished off to Lehman for an open lay-up. Patton followed it up with another 3-pointer to get the Tigers to within 45-41.
W-G never got any closer after Schroer hit a free throw and a Tiger turnover effectively ended their comeback hopes.
New Knoxville won its third straight game heading into Thursday’s Midwest Athletic Conference match-up against Marion Local, which will tip off at 7 p.m. without a junior varsity contest.
New Knoxville has now held its opponent under 45 points in 10 of its 11 games this season.
Waynesfield-Goshen slipped to 5-5 on the season. The Tigers will host Upper Scioto Valley on Thursday at 6 p.m. and then go to Bluffton on Saturday afternoon.