Patterson lifts South River

March 04, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

When South River's Pam Patterson got started, Northwestern was finished.

Patterson scored 14 of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter as visiting and fourth-seeded South River broke the game open en route to a 64-43 victory over top-seeded Northwestern in a Class 2A, East Region semifinal last night.

South River (12-12) advanced to the region final tomorrow night at 6 at Chesapeake College against the winner of the Northeast-Parkside semifinal. Northwestern ended the season at 15-4.

Patterson led the way as South River locked things up in the last three minutes by scoring the final 14 points. Patterson paced the Seahawks by scoring 10 of those points.

Northwestern had cut the Seahawks' lead to 50-43 with 2:50 left on a three-pointer by LaKeisha Robinson (12 points).

But Patterson took over. She scored on a follow-up 15 seconds later and added two jumpers and a free throw. After two baskets from teammates, Patterson closed the night's scoring with a three-point play with 14 seconds left.

"We've never made it this far," said Patterson, who added eight rebounds and six steals. "This is the team I knew would make it farther. Things just started flowing the right way."

South River took the lead in the second quarter after a shaky start, and slowly began building it.

Cassidie Dunbar (12 points) and Jess Marion (11 points) helped the Seahawks take command, especially with the fast break in the second half

"The name of our game has been fast-break offense," said South River coach Ron Price. "They like to run."

And in the second half they did. The Seahawks often took advantage of Northwestern turnovers -- there were 23 overall.

For Northwestern, some of the offensive struggles can be traced to missing leading scorer and point guard Darnetta Wilkens.

Coach Lillian Brown said Wilkens was in the hospital with an unspecified illness, and the team never hit its stride.

Northwestern wound up making only 17 of 77 from the floor, bTC often taking shots too quickly. The Wildcats, led by Katina Hurt's 16 along with Robinson and Charminika Hill (12 apiece), never ran off any streak on offense.

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