Taft College falls to Imperial Valley and Victor Valley

Taft College – still without its leading scorer – was eliminated after losing its first two games of last weekend’s San Diego City College tournament.

In their first game Friday, the Cougars dropped into the loser’s bracket with a 65-59 loss to Imperial Valley College and were eliminated on Saturday with a 76-55 defeat at the hands of Victor Valley College.

The losses drop the Cougars’ overall record in pre-conference games to 5-9.

TC will take some time off before the next game Jan. 4 in Sacramento against Cosumnes River College.

Hopefully, the layoff will allow the Cougars to get back to full strength.

Leading scorer Erica Evans, who was averaging 18.5 points a game when she went down with a foot injury Dec. 1 in a tournament. 

Sophomore guard Schalon Baysinger also is out with a foot injury.

Imperial Valley 65, TC 59

Sophomore guard Zanoria Echols led the Cougar scoring with 19 points.  She also had 8 rebounds and 5 assists.  
Center Bezait Anbesse scored 13 points and led the team with nine rebounds.

Other scorers were Ramonique Redding and Crystallyn Faletoi with 8 apiece, Kehlaulani Silva with 6, Airiyana Brown with 3 and Mylasia Smith with 2.

TC shot 33.8 percent from the field, including just 2-of-13 from 3-point range.

Imperial Valley’s Sophia Leyva led all scorers with 27 points.

Victor Valley 76, TC 55

The Cougars were their own worst enemy with a season high 25 turnovers.  By contrast, VVC had just 8.

The Rams raced out to a quick lead and were up by 20 (41-21) at halftime.

 The Cougars got their offense going in the second half, playing the Rams even.

Anbesse led Taft with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Echols followed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Brown had 8 points, Smith 7, Shelly Gill 6, Faletoi 5, Redding 3 and Silva 2.