Lady Wildcats even SSL record with victory at home

After losing their first league game on the road, the Taft freshmen girls basketball team returned to comforts of home Tuesday with the hopes of getting back into the win column. The change in scenery paid off when the Lady Wildcats defeated the Shafter Generals 38-21.

“I told the girls before that they would have to play tough,” said Taft coach Taylor Miller. “They came out on fire.”

With the victory, Taft improves to 7-6 overall and 1-1 in the South Sequoia League.

It didn’t take long for the Lady Wildcats to get on track as they outscored the Lady Generals 11-4 in the first quarter. While the Lady Wildcat offense cooled off in the second quarter, Taft increased their lead again by scoring six points to Shafter’s four. The difference gave the Lady Wildcats a 17-8 advantage at the halftime break.

Taft picked up the tempo in the second half when they scored 11 and 10 points respectively. At the same time the defense limited Shafter to six and seven points respectively.

Kennedy Kunce led Taft in scoring with 14 and rebounding with 11. Chanel Tremain had 8 points, 5 steals and 2 assists. Linda Galvin and Kim Matthews each had 4 points while Galvin chipped in with 4 steals.

Taft hits the road Friday when they travel to Wasco to take on the Lady Tigers. The game begins at 4 p.m.