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Patterson’s closing burst gives Lady Demons hope

Posted: January 22, 2014 3:25 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2014 5:00 a.m.
C-I photo by Tom Didato/

L-E’S ALEXANDRIA NELSON PASSES her way out of trouble while being closely guarded in Tuesday’s loss to visiting Ridge View.

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When your name is Unique, it’s hard to stay under the radar for long.
With both Ridge View and the Lugoff-Elgin girls’ basketball teams playing out the final two-plus minutes of Tuesday’s 57-23 RV win inside the Demons Den, it was Unique Patterson who made a name for herself.
Patterson, a 5-foot-8 freshman, closed the contest by scoring the final nine points of the night --- including a 3-point bomb --- for the hostesses, who fell to 0-4 in Region 4-4A action. All Patterson’s points were scored in the final two minutes and 24 seconds of play.
Patterson’s outburst came from out of nowhere, but followed up a few words from L-E head coach Von Duncan as the game was winding down.
“I was on Unique’s case a little earlier,” Duncan said. “We were talking about believing in your shot. And they said ‘You might doubt (Patterson’s) shot.’
“I said, ‘Well, sometimes, her form is off but it works for her. I told her to keep putting them (shots) up and hey, they just might go in. That’s why the girls were all excited because we had just talked about that same stuff a little while ago.”
The Lady Demons were not going to stage a miraculous comeback in this one, trailing 54-14 with less than two and a half minutes to play in the game. Then, Patterson started her shooting show.
The freshman came off the bench to hit a 12-footer with 2:24 left in the game. Thirty-four seconds later, Patterson knocked down a 10-footer. With 48 ticks left in the clock, she stepped outside the arc and drained a 3-point shot before closing out the scoring by sinking a 16-foot jumper in the waning seconds of the contest.
Facing yet another taller and more experienced foe, the Lady Demons used a coast-to-coast drive from freshman guard Alyssa Weems to even things at 2-2 before the Blazers went on an 8-0 run to take a 10-2 lead. The final L-E basket of an opening quarter, which finished with RV leading, 20-4, came when junior center Shairell Gadson put back a missed shot at the 3:35 mark.
Gadson scored three of the Lady Demons’ four second quarter points with a layin and a free throw as the visitors carried a more-than-healthy 35-8 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Lady Demons’ scoring woes came as the result of 11 first quarter turnovers and 17 , unofficially, in the opening half. When the home team was able to make its way to the basket, they could not complete the play. “Turnovers, our passing and missing layups killed us,” Duncan said.
“We told our girls to try and be patient and stop playing at (RV’s) pace and tempo and to settle down and play at our tempo.”
The Lady Demons turned the tables on RV in opening the second half with sophomore Robbi Qualls kicking off the scoring by scoring on a layin after a steal to make it 35-10. The Blazers would then rattle off nine unanswered points until a Qualls’ 17-footer stopped the bleeding to make it a 44-12 game with three minutes left in the third stanza.
RV lengthened the margin to a game-best 40 points until Patterson’s closing barrage.
In spite of the one-sided outcome, Duncan said there were some positives which came out of the contest.
“Patterson’s shooting, for one,” she said with a smile. “Maybe that will give her some confidence and also give some of our other girls confidence in their shooting because our shooters didn’t really shoot the ball tonight.
“Jasmine Sexton usually puts points on the board for us, but she was kind of timid tonight. She didn’t shoot it; she was more of a passer tonight. We just need to get our offense working.”

RV (57): Addison Gennell 4 0-0 8, Ciera Goodwin 4 1-2 10, Erica Tisdale 2 0-0 5, Armanii Grice 4 1-2 9, Derika Sinkler2 0-0 4, Tiana Toney 2 0-3 4, Taya Lee 1 0-2 2, Laura Ajukwa1 0-0 2, Mallory Bookart 2 1-2 5, Gabrielle Rogers-Gamble 1 0-2 2, Ashlyn Anderson 2 0-2 4, Tatianna James 0 2-4 2 Totals: 25 5-19 57
   L-E (23): Alyssa Weems 1 0-2 2, Shairell Gadson 2 1-3 5, Robbi Qualls 2 1-2 5, Alexandria Nelson 1 0-0 2, Unique Patterson 4 0-0 9 Totals: 10 2-7 23
   Score by quarters: First: RV, 20-4; Halftime: RV, 35-8; Third: RV, 51-12; Three-point goals: RV 2 (Tisdale, Goodwin); L-E 1 (Patterson)



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