Cougars fall to 2-8 in the young season

Taft College got a balanced effort from the entire team again but that has not as yet translated into the level of success the Cougars want to achieve.

The Cougars (2-8) lost two of three in the Ventura College Tournament of Champions over the weekend, including the consolation title game.

The loss in that game and the team’s tourney opener were sandwiched around a 101-44 victory over Imperial Valley College.

Contra Costa defeated the Cougars 91-81 in the opener and Santa Monica won the consolation crown with an 86-63 victory.

Sophomore shooting guard Erica Evans led the Cougar scoring with 58 points and contributed 14 rebounds, 9 assists and 7 steals.  She scored 38 against Imperial Valley.

Ramonique Redding, a 5-foot-4 sophomore guard and one of the quickest players on the team, had 51 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, 8 steals and blocked a shot.

Freshman guard Themia Cook got off to a slow start on the season but had a solid tournament with 55 points, 22 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals and a blocked shot.

Point guard Angie Banks, a freshman, led the team in rebounds with 25, dished off 12 assists, had 5 steals, scored 8 points and blocked a shot.

Freshman center Kennedy Kunce, a Taft High product, had 24 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks and an assist.

Sophomore forward Mylasia Smith had a balanced effort with 16 points, 19 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and a block.

Another freshman guard – Synclaire Lucas – scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, had 2 assists and a steal.

Center Emilee Davidson, at 6-2 the tallest players on the team, scored 15 points, pulled down 17 rebounds blocked 4 shots and had an assist.

Center Crystallyn Faletoi played only the final game of the tourney, scored 4 points and had 6 rebounds.

The Ventura tourney was the third of four consecutive weekend tournaments for the Cougars.

They will take this week off before heading to San Diego Dec. 13-15 for the Knight’s Colbert Classic hosted by San Diego City College.

The Cougars (2-8) will christen the tourney against Glendale College (3-3).  Other teams include host SDCC (1-4), Victor Valley (1-4), Imperial Valley (0-4) and West Hills-Lemoore (3-2).