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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Sequoias has too much depth, talent for Cougars

  • Taft College falls by twenty points to the Giants
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  • Visiting College of the Sequoias had too much depth and talent for Taft College in Wednesday night’s Central Valley Conference women’s basketball game.
    The result was a 20-point (85-65) victory for the Giants, who came into the week ranked No. 8 in California and No. 6 in northern California and improved to 3-1 in the CVC and 16-5 overall.
    It was the second straight conference loss for the Cougars (6-12 overall), who started off the CVC season with back-to-back wins.
    TC will try to get back to the winning side of the ledger Saturday when the Cougars travel to Lemoore to play West Hills College, which is 2-2 in the conference and 11-9 overall.  Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
    “We battled, but we made too many mistakes and they capitalized on them,” said head coach Tyrone Taylor.  “We gave it our best.”
    TC’s eight players couldn’t keep up with the dozen COS pressed into action.  Eleven of them scored – four in double figures.  Six players scored in the first seven minutes.
    COS head coach Ray Alvarez substituted liberally, as did Taylor.  Alvarez just had more to work with.
    The Giants got off to a quick start, racing out to a 14-4 lead and were up 24-9 at the midway mark of the first half.
    The lead was 16 with five and a half minutes left when the Cougars finished with a flourish, closing to within eight (36-27) at the break on an 11-4 run.
    Sophomore guard Erica Evans, who is averaging more than 20 points a game, popped in a three-pointer to open the second half, then hit another less than three minutes later to keep the Cougars close (41-35).
    That’s when the Giants kicked their offense into high gear, increasing the lead to 17 (62-45) when 5-foot-5 freshman guard Hannah Ramirez scored in close with just over 10 minutes left.
    The Cougars didn’t give up.
    “We played hard,” Taylor said, but the Cougars were outscored 23-20 the rest of the way.
    COS sank nine 3-pointers.
    “All those 3 pointers really killed us,” Taylor said.  “We didn’t match up like we should have, and that left the outside open too many times.”
    Four of the Cougars’ eight players scored in double figures, led by Evans with 19 points.  She made three 3-pointers.
    Ramonique Redding had 12 points and Synclaire Lucas and Kennedy Kunce each scored 11.
    Crystallyn Felatoi had 8 points and Angie Banks and Emilee Davidson 2 each.  Banks had 4 assists.
    Page 2 of 2 - Kunce and Faletoi had 7 rebounds apiece and Faletoi 6.
    It’s hard to tell how the Cougars and West Hills match up.
    West Hills lost to COS twice (56-53 in in the West Hills tournament and 62-57 in the conference) and beat Porterville 48-40 and Reedley 73-63.  Taft beat Porterville 88-60 and Reedley 71-45.
    In other CVC action Wednesday, Fresno City College won its 67th consecutive conference game with a 94-58 victory over Reedley, and Merced romped over Porterville 74-33.  West Hills was idle.
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