Lady Wildcats lose by three points

A couple of days after a experiencing a tough loss at home, the Taft freshmen girls basketball team hit the road looking to reverse their fortunes. Instead, the Lady Wildcats experienced the same fate late Tuesday afternoon by falling 29-26 to the Cesar Chavez Titans in Delano.

“It was a really good game for our girls, they had a lot to overcome,” said Taft coach Michelle Gerry. “Our team has so much heart and losing these last two league games by less than five is hard. They never give up They are one of the hardest working groups of girls I have every coached and I love them for that.”

With the loss, Taft falls to 5-5 overall and 0-2 in the South Sequoia League.

Cesar Chavez held the early advantage when they jumped out to an 11-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Titans turned up the heat in the second quarter by scoring seven points while limiting the Lady Wildcat defense to two points.

Taft attempted to comeback in the second half by outscoring Cesar Chavez 6-4 in the third quarter and 13-7 in the fourth but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.

“Our biggest problems last night was the turnovers,” said Gerry. “Our girls are not able to get the ball down the court efficiently when there is a lot of pressure. They were also dealing with a lot of frustration with how the game was being called against us. When my players are getting beat up every time they are tying to dribble or pass the ball its not fun to play. I really thing that dealing with that frustration of getting beat up last night they still did an outstanding job continuing to play their hearts out.”

Alexa Queenan led Taft in scoring with 10 while Tayler Portengia had 9. Shannan Fock had 4 while Alexis McCord rounded out the scoring with 3. Queenan also led in rebounding with 4 while Portengia and McCord each had 2. Portengia led in steals with 4 while Queenan and Portengia each had 3 assists.