SAN DIEGO – Taft College won the consolation championship in last weekend’s San Diego City College women’s basketball tournament.
The Cougars defeated Los Angeles Harbor College 81-66 Sunday to claim the consolation title after beating Imperial Valley 83-55 and losing their opener 70-64 to Glendale, which lost to host San Diego City 64-56 for the championship.
The Cougars (4-9) will take three weeks off now after playing three tournaments. They won’t return to action until next year – a Jan. 4, 2014 home game against Bakersfield College.
Recapping the games:
Glendale 70, TC 54
The Cougars led 27-25 at the half of a closely played game. After Glendale took the lead 33 seconds into the second half on a three-point shot by Brenda Balbuena, the Cougars tied it at 33 on a layup by Kennedy Kunce and went ahead on a layup by Angie Banks off a steal by Erica Evans.
Ramonique Redding gave TC a 37-34 lead with a layup off a Banks steal and the lead went to 42-34 on a steal and layup by Redding.
The Cougars maintained the lead until Glendale tied it at 54. The teams traded free throws before Mary Karapetyan gave Glendale the lead for good on a jumper with 4:32 left.
TC ran out of gas as Glendale went up by 11 (70-59) before closing with the game’s final five points.
TC shot 38.6 percent from the floor but only 57 percent from the line.
Evans and Kunce led the team with 17 points each. Taft High product Kunce led all rebounders with 18. She was 5-of-8 from the floor and 7-of-13 from the line.
Redding had 13 points, Banks 6 with 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Emilee Davidson and Synclaire Lewis had four points each, Crystallyn Faletoi 2 and Themia Cook 1.
TC 83, Imperial Valley 55
Kunce led all scorers with 21 points on 9-of-17 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line and added 6 rebounds. Evans added 20 points on .500 shooting from the floor (6-of-12) and free throw line (4-of-8).
Redding scored 16 points (7-of-13, 2-of-2), Faletoi and Davidson each scored 8 points, Banks 6 and Mylasia Smith 2. Davidson and Redding also pulled down 10 rebounds apiece.
TC shot 47 percent from the floor (32-of-68) and 58 percent from the line (15-of-26) and led by 10 at halftime.
TC 81, L.A. Harbor 60
The Cougars roared out to a 20-point (45-25) halftime lead and never looked back.
Redding led the way with 27 points to give her 56 points for the tournament.
Evans scored 20 for a tournament total of 57, and Kunce 13 for a total of 51.
Faletoi had 8 points, Banks 7, Davidson 4 and Smith 2.