If her performance during the summer months is any indication of what is to come, Sulphur High School junior-to-be Moe Patterson will be even tougher to stop this season.
The 6-foot center, who earned first-team all-district honors while battling against some of the top teams in the state in District 3-5A rivals Sam Houston and LaGrange, helped lead Sulphur to a 25-4 record at summer camps from Florida to Texas A&M. She put up double-double stats on a regular basis.
“In our district, she should be one of the most dominant post players this year,” Sulphur head coach Helen Lefevre said. “We saw it in the summer.
“Teams in the second half were doubling her. For her size, she is quick. I think that her best attribute is that she knows how to use her size now.”
Patterson is also attracting interest from in-state and out-of-state Division I programs.
“I am more confident in my moves,” Patterson said. “I am not second-guessing myself. My free throws are getting consistent. My percentage, in the beginning, was maybe 50. Towards the end, it was at 82.
“I just want to become better in my post moves. I want to work on my vertical.”
One of her best performances this summer was at a camp at Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in June when she shut down 6-1 center JiNaye Pittman out of Belaire, Texas.
“She has learned how to use her size inside and hold people off,” Lefevre said. “We put in some special plays to get her ball to her. Last year she kind of struggled with that but now she is finishing.
“She was playing against another kid that was 6-1, about her size. This kid (Pittman) came in averaging 17 points a game and Moe held her to two. Moe had 16 points in the game.”
Patterson is following in the footsteps of her mother, Dawn Lee Holman, who was a star player for the Tors (1989-1993).
“I like watching old videos her and reading all the articles about her when she was in high school and hearing what people said about her around Sulphur,” Patterson said. “When I was younger until I got to high school, she was basically my coach.”
Lee Holman helped lead Sulphur to a district championship in 1993 and Patterson is hoping to lead the Tors to their first since 2015.
“We feel like we are going to win district this year,” Patterson said. “We have good shooting guards and we are deep on defense.”