Jasmine Miles led in scoring and rebounding

The Taft varsity girls basketball team was hoping to capitalize on the start of league play and their first game of 2017 by turning over a new leaf. The Lady Wildcats accomplished their goal Tuesday night by defeating the Bakersfield Christian Eagles 52-44 in Bakersfield.

“When the girls play their game do what we do in practice everyday, they are unstoppable,” said Taft coach Suzanne White. “Now we need to continue with the momentum from the second half into our first home from the season on Friday against Arvin.”

With the victory, Taft improves to 7-6 overall and 1-0 in the South Sequoia League while snapping their three game losing streak.

After both teams scored eight points in the first quarter, it was Bakersfield Christian that got the edge by outscoring the Lady Wildcats 17-12 in the second quarter.

“In the first half our shots were not falling like we wanted to,” said White. “That has been our problem the last three games.”

Taft started chipping away at the deficit in the third quarter when they outscored the Lady Eagles 13-11. The Lady Wildcats completed their comeback in the fourth quarter by scoring 19 points to Bakersfield Christian’s eight.

“However, the second half was a different story,” said White. “We set the tempo of the game and the girls really stepped up. Our motto is Heart and Hustle and that is exactly what we gave the second half.”

Jasmine Miles led Taft in scoring with 18 and rebounds with 9. Hunter Everson followed in scoring with 10 including 2-for-4 from the three point line while Kennedy Quick chipped in with 9.

Miles also led in assists with 6 while Everson led in steals with 2.Miles had 2 blocks in the game.

Taft will play in their first home game of the season this Friday when they host Arvin.

“Arvin has an amazing ball club and it is going to take four quarters of 100 percent to beat them. I believe the girls can do it though. They just need to believe in their selves.”

The game begins at 6:30 p.m.