The team ended their season with a 6-6 record in league play and 15-12 overall.
The varsity girls basketball team hosted the Highland Scots in the first round of the CIF Central Section Division 4 Playoffs. It was a very physical game which saw several of the Wildcat players take some hard hits. It was a battle throughout and came down to a final shot in last seconds of the game to decide the outcome. The Scots managed a last ditch three point attempt which found the bottom of the net to secure the win 45-42.
Even though the score was close, the Wildcats should have easily won the game. There were several missed layups and missed free throws that began to add up and could have made the difference in the game. Highland was able to find a weakness in the Wildcat defense that has given them trouble all season long, defending the three point shot. Turnovers was also a factor for both teams, neither side could get a consistent rhythm due to errant passes or intercepted passes.
The Wildcats had no problem showing hustle during the game. If a player lost a ball or made a bad pass, they were hustling back to be the first one to try and get it back. The girls were playing from behind just about the whole game but never quit working. When the game was coming to a close, the girls fought hard and finally tied the game and it looked as if it might go to overtime. The Scots had one last chance to do something and they came down the court trying to get past the Taft defense and had to throw up a desperation shot which went in as time expired on the clock.
It was disappointing to see the look on the girls faces as the game ended. They had worked to hard for it to end like this. The team ended their season with a 6-6 record in league play and 15-12 overall.
Reagan Hamilton was the leading scorer for Taft with 14 points. Bree Johansen added 11 points, Tayler Portenga scored 10 points and Morgan Pulido finished the game with seven points.
Hamilton also led the team in rebounds with 11, Portenga grabbed 10 while Pulido had seven. Johansen came away with four and Rylee Mizener and Mahaila Laulu each had one. Johansen also had six steals and two assists, Pulido had two steals and two assists, Hamilton had two assists and one steal, Portenga and Kozloski each ended the gme with one steal and one assist.