Tip off is for 4 p.m.
Two hungry women’s basketball teams will meet Friday afternoon in the Al Baldock Cougar Sports Center on the Taft College campus.
Host Taft College is 1-10 while visiting Bakersfield College is still looking for its first win after seven tries.
The Cougars tuned up for the 4 p.m. tipoff with its cross-county rival by losing two games in last weekend’s San Diego City College Tournament.
TC opened the tourney Friday by losing 67-53 to host San Diego City before being knocked out of the event the next afternoon with a 64-52 loss to previously winless Los Angeles Southwest.
The games were a contrast.
In the opening loss the Cougars took a 35-31 lead into the halftime break but were outscored 36-18 in the second half. Against L.A. Southwest, it was a poor first half (trailing 30-20) that doomed the Cougars.
Again, TC was plagued by poor shooting. The Cougars managed just 25 percent from the field against San Diego (35 percent) and 28 percent in the loss to Southwest (46 percent). The Cougars were much better at the free-throw line, sinking 83 percent and 50 percent respectively.
Sophomore guard Carrie Graham led the Cougar effort with 35 points, 14 rebounds, 8 steals, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Amber Vaughn scored 28 points and had 9 assists. Brittany Santoy scored 17 points and Whykella Haley grabbed 16 rebounds.
Rounding out the Cougars scorers were Dejunique Jeffries with 9 points, Elizabeth Mora with 7, Haley with 5 and Mariah Grantham with 4.
Bakersfield, meanwhile, has been spending time on the practice court. The Renegades last played on Dec. 4 when they lost to West Hills-Lemoore 77-68. It was the second time BC had lost to the Cougars’ Central Valley Conference foe. Lemoore beat BC on Nov. 17 by a score of 75-61.
After Friday afternoon’s game with BC, Taft will take the holiday break off and won’t return to the court until conference action begins on Jan. 6 with a trip to Reedley College. Fresno again looks like the team to beat. The Rams are 7-2 while Lemoore is 9-4, Merced 8-6, Sequoias 6-6, Reedley 3-5 and Porterville 2-7.