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Patterson High School's Dajon Richard defends against Richwood' during Friday's contest. The Lumberjacks fell,
68-53 in Class 3A first-round action in Patterson. (The Daily Review/Corwin Murray)

Richwood pulls away from Patterson in second half

Patterson High School ran out of gas in the second half of Friday’s 68-53 Class 3A Bi-District playoff loss
to Richwood at Patterson.
While Richwood, the No. 19 seed, featured several players 6-feet, 4-inches or taller, Patterson, the No. 14 seed, used its team speed on defense to disrupt the Rams. Richwood jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Patterson settled down to claw its way to a 10-all tie after one quarter.
The Rams took a 25-19 halftime lead in a defensive struggle.
Richwood started to use its size advantage on the offensive boards early in the third quarter.
“We started to rebound well on both ends of the floor, and I think that was the difference in the long run tonight,” Richwood Coach Terry Martin said. “We play in a tough district, and that has made us mentally tough, too.”
The Rams’ district features this year’s No. 2 seed (Wossman, the No. 3 seed (Carroll), the No. 6 seed (Madison) and the No. 11 seed (Union Parish) in this year’s Class 3A postseason.
Richwood pushed the lead to 36-24 with 4:50 left in the third quarter and then got hot from threepoint range to take a 41-24 lead with 4:12 remaining in the period.
The Rams’ sharpshooting extended the lead to 47-30 at the end of the third.
“We knew that if they started making three’s, we were in trouble,” Patterson Coach Ryan Taylor said. “We had to concentrate so much man power on the blocks, and that (threepoint shots) was the one thing we were going to give them, and they made some big ones.”
Patterson, winners of seven straight district championships, made a run to open the fourth quarter. James Butler converted on a three-point play early in the fourth quarter, and Jordan Butler, who led Patterson with 23 points, stole a Richwood pass and scored to cut Patterson’s deficit to 48-35 with 7:21 left in the game.
Richwood , however, answered with back-to-back baskets by center Jaewon Williams. Williams had 17 points, while Joseph Smith led the Rams with 22 points after finding his three-point stroke in the second half.
Patterson got three consecutive baskets to cut its deficit to 56-44, but again, Richwood found its footing to hold off the ’Jacks.
“We tried to keep fresh bodies out there to speed up the game, and we did that pretty well, but he (Martin) switched his press break to have his big guys bring the ball up the court,” Taylor said. “That was a good adjustment that gave us some problems.”
Taylor was complimentary of his team that started the season with little proven talent after heavy losses due to graduation.
“I’m very proud of them, and that’s what I just told them,” Taylor said after the game. “We got beat, but it wasn’t because we didn’t play hard. They made more plays, and they’re a good team. This group overcame a lot of obstacles after we had some adversity hit. They competed well considering Richwood’s height advantage.”
In addition to Jordan Butler, other Patterson scorers included Tyric Garrett, six; Dajon Richard and Kai Schexnayder, five each; Elijah Williams, four; John Brooks and James Butler, three each; and Khyri Harris and Kamiah Jones, two each.

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