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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Evans earns first-team all-CVC hoop honors

  • She averaged 20.2 points per game this season
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  • Sophomore shooting guard Erica Evans made the All-Central Valley Conference basketball team for the second year in a row.
    The all-conference team was named Sunday at a meeting of coaches held at Porterville College.
    Another Cougar, Ramonique Redding, was named second team all-conference.
    Evans finished second in scoring in the CVC after averaging 20.2 points per game.  Twice she scored 33 points in conference games – against conference champion Fresno and West Hills-Lemoore.
    Redding finished fourth in conference scoring with an average of 16 points per game.
    The CVC’s leading scorer was Fresno sophomore Keyora Wharry, who averaged 24 points a game and also was the leading rebounder in the conference.  Not surprisingly she was voted player of the year.
    Evans played her high school basketball in Rancho Cucamonga while Redding prepped at Mira Monte High in Bakersfield.
    On Saturday Fresno put the finishing touches on its sixth consecutive conference championship with an 86-59 victory over the Cougars.
    In the last six years the Rams have lost only one conference game and that was to Merced, 70-65, this season.
    That may have been why Merced coach Allen Huddleston was named co-coach of the year along with Fresno’s Brian Tessler.
    Fresno heads into the playoffs 11-1 in the conference and 26-4 overall, ranked second in the state and first in northern California.
    The No. 1 team is Ventura College.  Although both Ventura and Fresno finished the regular season with 26-3 records the Pirates beat the Rams in an early season tournament.
    Against Fresno Saturday Redding guided the Cougar offense with 24 points on 10-of-20 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
    Evans was held to 9 points, primarily because she ran into early foul trouble and eventually fouled out.
    Sophomore center Crystallyn Faletoi picked up the slack, though, with her best game of the season.
    She scored 16 points on 7-of-10 from the filed and made both of her free throw attempts.  She led the Cougars with 13 rebounds and blocked a shot.
    The Cougars had a decent night shooting, making 40 percent of their shots (23-of-58) from the field and 93 percent (13-of-14) from the line.
    Rounding out scoring for TC: Angie Banks 6 and Mylasia Smith and Synclaire Lucas 2 each.
    Evans and Smith each had 5 rebounds. Evans also contributed 7 assists and had 4 steals.
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