Team loses to Mt. Whitney and Rosamond

A day after having to run into Buchanan, the Wildcats followed up Tuesday with a 60-50 loss to Mt. Whitney.

“Came out slow again,” said Taft coach Corey Furman. “Way too many turnovers but we battled back.”

Mt. Whitney had the edge to start the game by racing past the Wildcats 15-5. Taft battled back by edging out Mt. Whitney 21-18 in the second quarter to trail 31-28 at the halftime break.

Taft continue to chip away at the lead in the third quarter when they scored 14 points to Mt. Whitney’s 13. However, Mt. Whitney bounced back in the fourth quarter by outscoring Taft 14-10 to seal the victory.

Zack Tuaila led Taft in scoring with 20 (including 7-for-7 from field goals). Seth Talnenetz followed with 8 while Self had 6. Talnenetz and Holden Williams each led Taft in rebounds with 6 with both players getting all of their rebounds on the defensive side.

Tuaila also led Taft in assists with 4 while Robert Cozine had 2. Tuaila led in steals with 3 while Talnenetz and Ginn each led in blocks with 2.

Taft's long tournament run continued Thursday with a 47-35 loss to Rosamond.

Definitely came out flat," said Furman. "We had some great looks but couldn't get anything to fall. The boys worked hard, we just couldn't get in a rhythm. We need to get back to fundamentally sound basketball."

Despite the final score Taft had the early edge in a low scoring first quarter with Taft outlasting Rosamond 5-4.

However, Rosamond stormed back in the second quarter by holding Taft to two points while Rosamond erupted for 15.

Scoring was closer in the third quarter with Rosamond edging out the Wildcats 16-12. Taft was finally able to turn the tables in the fourth quarter by outscoring Rosamond 16-12 but it was not enough.

Dylan Self led Taft in scoring with 11 while Cameron Ginn had 10. Tuaila led Taft in rebounding with 8 with 6 coming on defense. Cozine followed with 5. Tuaila also led in assists with 4 while Ginn led in steals with 3. Talnenetz had a pair of blocks.