LEMOORE – The teams were even at halftime, but West Hills-Lemoore pulled away in the second half here Saturday night to defeat Taft College 64-56 in a Central Valley Conference women’s basketball game.
It was the third straight conference loss for the Cougars heading into Wednesday’s game on the road against five-time defending champion Fresno City College. The Rams have won 68 consecutive conference games.
The Cougars, who opened the conference with back-to-back wins, dipped to 2-3 in the CVC and 6-13 overall.
TC missed leading scorer Erica Evans, who is averaging more than 20 points a game.
The Cougars entered the game with a scoring average of 71.3 but were limited to 28 in each half.
The teams battled to a 28-all standoff in the first half before the Golden Eagles wore down the Cougars, who were limited to seven players.
Sophomore guard Ramonique Redding led the Cougars with 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist.
Freshman forward Emilee Davidson had a solid game.
She scored 15 points, led the team in rebounds with 11 and blocked 4 shots.
Kennedy Kunce scored 9 points and pulled down 8 rebounds.
Rounding out the scoring were Crystallyn Faletoi and Mylasia Smith with 4 points each, Synclaire Lucas with 2 and Angie Banks with 1. Banks had 6 rebounds and Lucas 4.
The Cougars shot just 32 percent (22 of 69) from the field and 50 percent (11 of 22) from the line.
TC’s next home game is Saturday when the Cougars host Reedley College at 5 p.m. in the Al Baldock Cougar Sports Center.
West Hills 64, Taft 56
Sequoias 57, Merced 55 OT
Reedley 74, Porterville 71 OT
Fresno 5-0 (20-2)
Sequoias 4-1 (17-5)
Merced 3-2 (14-8)
West Hills 3-2 (12-9)
Taft 2-3 (6-13)
Reedley 1-5 (2-17)
Porterville 0-5 (2-16)