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  • Cougar women’s basketball team drops two in tournament

  • Taft College falls to Imperial Valley and Victor Valley
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  • 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.
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