TC to Close Up Hoop Season With Sophomore Night by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller February 18, 2015
Taft College will close out its women’s basketball season Saturday night by hosting Merced College and honoring its sophomores.
Taking a bow will be second-year players Kennedy Kunce, Emilee Davidson, Synclaire Lucas and Angie Banks.
Tipoff in the Al Baldock Cougar Sports Center is at 6 p.m.
The Cougars head into the season finale with a 2-9 record in the CVC and 8-17 overall. Merced comes in with 3-8, 5-19 marks after a 56-47 loss to West Hills-Lemoore on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, TC had to cope with Fresno City College’s swarming full-court pressure, quickness and depth that overwhelmed the Cougars 105-78.
Fresno pressed the entire game, often double and triple-teaming the player with the ball.
It took its toll, forcing numerous turnovers that led to scores at the other end.
Adding to that was Fresno’s shooting from three-point range. The Rams sank 11 treys compared to TC’s two.
The Cougars managed to stay with Fresno in the early going, trailing by 22-18 with 11:50 left on a basket by Davidson, but the Rams with a 9-0 run and ran away to a 58-36 halftime lead.
In the second half the Cougars, despite their lack of depth, managed to keep up with Fresno’s scoring machine. The Rams outpointed TC by 47-42.
TC had to finish the game with four players after leading scorer Carrie Graham (25 points), Synclaire Lucas, Amber Vaughn and Mia Hernandez fouled out. Fresno used all 12 of its players and everyone scored.
“We just ran out of help,” said Cougar head coach Tyrone Taylor on finishing with four players on the floor. “Fresno has so much depth. We couldn’t keep up. They rotate 10 players – sometimes five at a time. We got into foul trouble.”
But he liked the way his team maintained its intensity.
“The effort was there. I think we gave it everything we had. To put up 78 points is pretty good.”
It was TC’s highest point output of the season.
Graham, a 5-7 freshman, sank seven field goals and 11 of her 16 free throws. She turned in a steady performance with 12 points in the first half 13 in the second and added two steals, two assists and a rebound.
The Cougars had four players in double figures with Davidson scoring 16 on five field goals and all six of her free throws, Kunce 15 on seven field goals and a free throw, and Lucas 12 on four field goals, including two three-pointers, and two-of-three from the line.
Kunce and Davidson both had nine rebounds and a blocked shot.
Banks finished with 6 points, four rebounds, three assists, a block and a seal and Vaughn and Mariah Hernandez both scored two points.
With the up-tempo pace the teams committed 57 fouls. TC sank 24 of their 33 free throws while Fresno was 18-of-28.