Team defeats Golden West, loses to Kingsburg

The Taft varsity girls basketball team had a mixed bag of results to close out the Farmersville Tournament after they split against Golden West and Kingsburg.

Taft had a challenge in their game Friday when they edged out Golden West 57-50 in the semi final round.

It looked as if the Lady Wildcats would run away with the game when they outscored Golden West 18-7 in the first quarter.

Golden West recovered in the second quarter to outscore the Lady Wildcats 9-7 to trail 25-16 at the half. Golden West attempted to get back in the game again in the third quarter when they erupted for 22 points while Taft was held to 16.

The Lady Wildcats recovered in the fourth quarter with an 18-10 edge to win the game.

Faa’gau led Taft in scoring with 17 while Miles had 12 and Kennedy Quick had 11.

Faa’gau completed her double double with 13 rebounds (including eight on offense) to lead the team. Miles also had a double double with 12 rebounds (including eight on defense).

Everson led in assists with 7 while Miles had 3. Everson led in steals with 6 while Pulido had 3. Faa’gau led in blocks with 4 while Miles had the other block.

Taft tasted their second loss of the season in their final game off the tournament Saturday when they were edged out 55-51 by Kingsburg.

“It was a close game the whole time,” said White.

Taft held the edge through the first three quarters of the game starting in the first quarter when they outscored Kingsburg 16-10. Scoring was closer in the second quarter with Taft scoring 12 points to Kingsburg’s 10.

Kingsburg continued their theme in the third quarter with another 10 points while Taft put up 15. Kingsburg finally turned the tables in the final quarter when they erupted for 10 points to take their first lead of the game while Taft was held to 13.

Faa’gau led in scoring with 15 while Miles had 10. Pulido chipped in with 8.

Miles and Faa’gau led in rebounding with 5 each while Pulido led in assists with 4. Miles led in steals with 3 and blocks with 3. Pulido had the other block for Taft.

“We are improving each game and striving for the next level,” said White. “We have some work to put in this week before we face Stockdale on Friday at the Arvin Tournament.

Taft returns to tournament play Friday when they compete in the two day Arvin Tournament.