Victory gives Lady Cougars their first victory in conference play

Freshman point guard Christine Taylor took an inbound pass and popped in a 10-foot turnaround jumper Wednesday night to give Taft College its first Central Valley Conference women’s basketball win in two seasons.

Taylor’s heroics with two seconds left gave the Cougars a 59-57 victory over Porterville College and snapped a 12-game conference losing streak.

The Cougars went 0-10 in the CVC last season and dropped their first two this year.

“We were up by 14 (37-23) at halftime, but we tend to get these dry spells and that’s what happened late in the game,” said head coach Tyrone Taylor.

The Cougars shot 42.4 percent from the floor in the first half but only 26.9 percent in the second half.

“We hit a few baskets here and there and they caught us with about a minute left.”

With the score tied at 57 the Cougars had possession in the waning moments.

“We got a couple of shots off, there was a scramble and the ball went out of bounds,” Taylor said.  “Christine took the inbound pass, turned around and put it in to save us.”

Taylor, a 5-5 freshman from Kaysville, Utah, finished the game with 15 points on 7-of-16 field goals, including two of the team’s three 3-pointers.

Sophomore center Theresa Henderson led the Cougars with 18 points,13 rebounds and three steals.

Henderson and Taylor rank third and fourth in conference scoring.

Jasmine Green also pulled down 13 boards for the Cougars and blocked five shots.

Victoria Worthy also finished in double figures for the Cougars with 10 points and had five rebounds.

Baylee Day pulled down seven rebounds.

Alex Shew had a game-high 27 points for the Pirates, including 10 of 15 from the free-throw line.
The Cougars have a conference bye on Saturday but will be home next Wednesday against Merced College (8-12, 1-1 CVC).  TC is 1-2 in the conference and 7-12 overall.