MURRAY — Murray senior Kate Patton became just the third Murray girl to score more than 1,000 career points in the Lady Mustangs' 66-27 win over Lenox here on Thursday.
Patton scored 33 points in the win, including 22 in the second half.
She joins Kristin (Shields) Flaherty and Shawna (Boles) Kelley as the only Lady Mustang players to score more than 1,000 points in their high school careers. Now sitting at 1,011 career points, Patton is 235 points shy of breaking the school's career scoring record.
"It's a nice honor for her," head coach Jerry Shields, father of Kristin, said. "She's done a tremendous job. She's a super nice kid. She's 235 points shy of breaking the school record now. That's something she was going for in the very beginning. She's still got a shot at it, but she's going to have to have a couple more games like this one."
Patton eclipsed the 1,000-point mark late in the third quarter. In typical Patton style, she got a steal on the defensive end and raced down the court for a layup. She recorded a double-double, finishing with 10 steals to go with her 33 points.
The layup that gave her the milestone was part of an 18-6 advantage for the Lady Mustangs in the third quarter. Patton scored the first 10 Murray points of the quarter.
The third quarter advantage completely broke open what had been a relatively close game at halftime for the fifth-ranked Lady Mustangs.
After starting the game on a 14-0 run, Murray stopped getting transition opportunities for about a four-minute span in the second quarter, as Lenox chipped away at the lead.
"We told the kids at halftime, you could tell the difference in the first quarter and about four minutes in the second quarter where we didn't try to get out and run," Shields said. "That makes a big difference. For us, running the floor is very important. Even if we don't score on it, getting the other team tired, that's a plus for us."
Lenox head coach Mandy Stoaks said a defensive switch after the slow start seemed to kickstart the Tigers a little bit, but overall, her team didn't play as well as it should have.
"We were down a little bit in the first quarter," Stoaks said. "It took us a little bit to get going. We ran a different defense. I just felt like we got outhustled tonight. Didn't execute the plays like we should have."
And when Patton got going in the second half, there wasn't a chance for the Tigers to recover.
"You can't get the ball anywhere around her," Stoaks said. "I kept telling them, 'don't drive it at her. She's going to strip you.' She's a good player. They did a nice job."
Megan Oswald also reached double figures for Murray, scoring 10 points. Sophomore post player Madison Gonseth finished with nine points. Both post players finished in double digits in rebounding, as Oswald had 11 and Gonseth grabbed 10.
"Her (Oswald) and Madison have been pretty good for us on the inside," Shields said. "As long as we're getting double digits out of our inside girls and getting 14 to 16 points out of Kate, that makes it very difficult to guard us."
Murray, now 6-0 for the season, hosts Melcher-Dallas tonight. Lenox, now 2-5, hosts Central Decatur tonight.
LENOX (27) — Aurora Arevalo 4 0-2 9, Katie Dukes 3 2-2 8, Taylor Foster 3 0-2 6, Regan Tullberg 1 0-0 2, Chelsie Dukes 1 0-0 2. Totals — 14 2-6 27. 3-point goals — 1 (Arevalo 1). Rebounds — Arevalo 5. Steals — Foster 2. Team fouls — 9. Fouled out — none.
MURRAY (66) — Kate Patton 12 8-10 33, Megan Oswald 5 0-0 10, Madison Gonseth 4 1-3 9, McKenzie McIntosh 2 0-0 4, Chellsea Jones 1 2-2 4, Alexis Tracy 1 0-0 2, Courtney Siefkas 0 2-2 2, Deena Snyder 1 0-0 2. Totals — 26 13-17 66. 3-point goals — 1 (Patton 1). Rebounds — 38 (Oswald 11, Gonseth 10, Patton 6, Jones 3, Snyder 3). Assists — 19 (Oswald 5, Jones 3, Jade Lecy 3). Steals — 18 (Patton 10). Blocked shots — 3. Team fouls — 11. Fouled out — none.
Lenox — 5 15 21 27
Murray — 18 31 49 66