The Taft varsity girls basketball team found the perfect way to end the first half of the league season Friday night with a 52-29 victory over the Bakersfield Christian Eagles in Bakersfield.
Kennedy Kunce got the Wildcat offense going by scoring four straight points in the first minute of the opening quarter. The Lady Eagles would cut the lead in half at 4-2 and again at 6-3. However, Bakersfield Christian Eagles were held to a jumper and two free throws in the final 4:01 of the quarter.
In the meantime, Taft erupted for eight additional points to lead 14-7 heading into the second quarter.
Taft carried the run into the second quarter by scoring three unanswered points on a free throw and a putback. Bakersfield Christian narrowed the score to 17-10. The Lady Wildcats followed with four unanswered points to increase the lead to nine.
Bakersfield Christian cut the deficit to seven but was held to two points the rest of the half while Taft scored six points.
Taft pulled away in the third quarter by scoring 19 points while the Lady Eagles were held to 10. The difference gave the Lady Wildcats a 42-26 lead going into the final quarter.
Even though scoring trailed off in the final quarter, Taft outscored the Lady Eagles 6-3 to seal the victory.
Taft returns to action Monday when they face Arvin in Arvin. The game begins at 6:45 p.m.
To read the full story from Friday's game, pick up Tuesday's Driller.