Patterson sweeps local rival Berwick in district play

By: Staff Reports
Patterson used full-court pressure to outscore Berwick, 29-2, in the second quarter en route to 74-15 win Friday at PHS.

Berwick played well in the first quarter trailing just 15-6.

“I thought Berwick did a good job of not turning the ball over in the first quarter,” Patterson head coach Ryan Taylor said. “They did a good job of making us earn our baskets.”

In the second quarter, the Jacks’ got layups as a result of their pressure, while Dylan Sanders and Gino Hall got going from 3-point range.

“The guys did a good job of transition tonight,” Taylor said. “And we were able to get our pressure going which led to some easy baskets. That’s what got us going.”

Deondre Skinner led the Jacks with 16 points, while Sanders had 12, Denzel Johnson had 11, Hall had 10, Sherman Edwards had nine, Tarrike Phillips scored six, John Davis had three, Larry Turner had three, Jedrick Gunner had two, and Malik Garrett added two.

“I’m excited about this team because I can see them improving and that’s the most important thing right now,” Taylor said. “We are almost to that point of the season where we need to be peaking and I feel we are right on pace but we still have work to do.”

Devin Tabor led Berwick with 10 points.

Patterson travels to Kaplan Tuesday, while Berwick heads to North Vermilion.

In girls’ action, Patterson held off a game Berwick squad 44-34.

The Lady Panthers pulled to 33-27 on a layup by Amber Girard with 5:49 left in the third quarter.

But BHS struggled from the free-throw line while Chynna Williams grabbed offensive rebounds and converted back-to-back layups to push the Jills lead to 37-32 with one quarter to play. PHS was also shorthanded after losing Keisha Kinchen to an ankle injury in the second quarter.

The Lady Panthers pressed the entire fourth quarter rattling the Jills. But Tiera Butler, in foul trouble throughout the game, returned to score key baskets and control the glass as the Jills pulled away for the win.

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