TC vs Reedley College by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller Posted, January 3, 2014
Kennedy Kunce muscled in a go-ahead basket with 16 seconds left to pave the way for Taft College's 62-58 Central Valley Conference basketball victory over Reedley College Saturday night.
The freshman from Taft High missed a shot in close but hustled for the rebound and a put-back that broke a 58-all tie.
After Reedley turned the ball over with six seconds left trying to set up for a tying or winning shot, Ramonique Redding broke free to take Erica Evans' inbound pass and went in for a layup that finished off the pulsating win.
"That was a big rebound," head coach Tyrone Taylor said of Kunce's effort in the paint surrounded by defenders. "It was the game-winner."
He was annoyed when his team squandered an eight-point (54-46) lead following an 8-point Cougar run culminated with a short jumper by Redding.
At that point Tigers called a timeout and charged to an 8-0 run of their own to tie the game.
That's when Taylor called a timeout, shouting at his players that they were playing, well, rather crappy.
"I was hoping we could get some separation that we needed," he said.
Angie Banks dropped in a pair of free throws to reclaim the lead but Reedley's Casey Stark tied it with a bucket, was fouled but missed the chance to give her team the lead.
Crystalyn Faletoi's free throw made it 57-56 with 1:34 left and Evans gave TC a 2-point lead with a free throw with 52 ticks left, but Tiger guard Eboni Surgick sank a jumper to tie the game for the 11th time and set the stage for Kunce's heroics.
The Cougars, who beat Reedley 71-45 in the first round of conference play, were hampered by the lack of production from leading scorer Evans, who was playing with an injured wrist on her shooting hand.
"Erica has a wrist injury but played through it," Taylor said. "Because of the injury, she had trouble getting a shot off. With Erica hurt we just couldn't get anything going, but other players stepped up."
Evans tried, though, taking nine shots and making only one plus a free throw for 3 points. She scored 32 against Fresno two nights earlier and is averaging more than 20 a game.
Reedley led most of the way in the early going, but the Cougars closed the first half with a 7-3 run to take a 28-25 lead into the locker room.
The second half was close too but punctuated with 8 and 7-point runs by Reedley and an 8-point run by the Cougars.
TC vs Fresno City College by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller Posted, January 31, 2014
The Taft College women’s basketball team will try to shake off a pounding from powerhouse Fresno City College when the Cougars host Reedley Saturday in the Al Baldock Cougar Sports Center.
Tipoff is at 5 p.m.
Fresno won its 69th consecutive Central Valley Conference game Wednesday, Jan. 29, by overwhelming TC 110-63.
The Rams, ranked No. 1 in northern California and No 2 in the state, use a smothering press that forced 23 Cougar turnovers.
FCC led 56-25 at the half and kept the power on in the second half.
The lopsided loss overshadowed a 32-point effort from Cougar sophomore guard Erica Evans.
She canned 11 of her 19 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws.
The only other Cougar in double figures was Ramonique Redding with 12 points.
Kennedy Kunce and Angie Banks scored 6 points each and Mylasia Smith scored 4 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Banks also had 5 rebounds.
In other conference action Merced defeated West Hills-Lemoore 75-63 and Sequoias thumped Porterville 75-41.
San Diego City College Tournament by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller December 16, 2013
SAN DIEGO – Taft College won the consolation championship in last weekend’s San Diego City College women’s basketball tournament.
The Cougars defeated Los Angeles Harbor College 81-66 Sunday to claim the consolation title after beating Imperial Valley 83-55 and losing their opener 70-64 to Glendale, which lost to host San Diego City 64-56 for the championship.
The Cougars (4-9) will take three weeks off now after playing three tournaments.
They won’t return to action until next year – a Jan. 4, 2014 home game against Bakersfield College.
Recapping the games:
Glendale 70, TC 54
The Cougars led 27-25 at the half of a closely played game. After Glendale took the lead 33 seconds into the second half on a three-point shot by Brenda Balbuena, the Cougars tied it at 33 on a layup by Kennedy Kunce and went ahead on a layup by Angie Banks off a steal by Erica Evans.
Ramonique Redding gave TC a 37-34 lead with a layup off a Banks steal and the lead went to 42-34 on a steal and layup by Redding.
The Cougars maintained the lead until Glendale tied it at 54. The teams traded free throws before Mary Karapetyan gave Glendale the lead for good on a jumper with 4:32 left.
TC ran out of gas as Glendale went up by 11 (70-59) before closing with the game’s final five points.
TC shot 38.6 percent from the floor but only 57 percent from the line.
Evans and Kunce led the team with 17 points each. Taft High product Kunce led all rebounders with 18. She was 5-of-8 from the floor and 7-of-13 from the line.Redding had 13 points, Banks 6 with 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Emilee Davidson and Synclaire Lewis had four points each, Crystallyn Faletoi 2 and Themia Cook 1.
TC 83, Imperial Valley 55
Kunce led all scorers with 21 points on 9-of-17 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line and added 6 rebounds. Evans added 20 points on .500 shooting from the floor (6-of-12) and free throw line (4-of-8).
Redding scored 16 points (7-of-13, 2-of-2), Faletoi and Davidson each scored 8 points, Banks 6 and Mylasia Smith 2. Davidson and Redding also pulled down 10 rebounds apiece.
TC shot 47 percent from the floor (32-of-68) and 58 percent from the line (15-of-26) and led by 10 at halftime.
TC 81, L.A. Harbor 60
The Cougars roared out to a 20-point (45-25) halftime lead and never looked back.
Redding led the way with 27 points to give her 56 points for the tournament.
Evans scored 20 for a tournament total of 57, and Kunce 13 for a total of 51.
Faletoi had 8 points, Banks 7, Davidson 4 and Smith 2.
Cougar's Lose Consolation Title Game
by Matt Henry
Taft Midway Driller December 2, 2013
Taft College got a balanced effort from the entire team again but that has not as yet translated into the level of success the Cougars want to achieve.
The Cougars (2-8) lost two of three in the Ventura College Tournament of Champions over the weekend, including the consolation title game.
The loss in that game and the team’s tourney opener were sandwiched around a 101-44 victory over Imperial Valley College.
Contra Costa defeated the Cougars 91-81 in the opener and Santa Monica won the consolation crown with an 86-63 victory.
Sophomore shooting guard Erica Evans led the Cougar scoring with 58 points and contributed 14 rebounds, 9 assists and 7 steals. She scored 38 against Imperial Valley.
Ramonique Redding, a 5-foot-4 sophomore guard and one of the quickest players on the team, had 51 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, 8 steals and blocked a shot.
Freshman guard Themia Cook got off to a slow start on the season but had a solid tournament with 55 points, 22 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals and a blocked shot.
Point guard Angie Banks, a freshman, led the team in rebounds with 25, dished off 12 assists, had 5 steals, scored 8 points and blocked a shot.
Freshman center Kennedy Kunce, a Taft High product, had 24 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks and an assist.
Sophomore forward Mylasia Smith had a balanced effort with 16 points, 19 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and a block.
Another freshman guard – Synclaire Lucas – scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, had 2 assists and a steal.
Center Emilee Davidson, at 6-2 the tallest players on the team, scored 15 points, pulled down 17 rebounds blocked 4 shots and had an assist.
Center Crystallyn Faletoi played only the final game of the tourney, scored 4 points and had 6 rebounds.
The Ventura tourney was the third of four consecutive weekend tournaments for the Cougars.
They will take this week off before heading to San Diego Dec. 13-15 for the Knight’s Colbert Classic hosted by San Diego City College.
The Cougars (2-8) will christen the tourney against Glendale College (3-3). Other teams include host SDCC (1-4), Victor Valley (1-4), Imperial Valley (0-4) and West Hills-Lemoore (3-2).
Cougar Women's Basketball Lose 2 of 3 in Hoop Tourny L 53-55
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller November 16, 2013
Taft College lost two of its three games over the weekend in the annual Rose City Basketball Classic with all eight players contributing.
“The team played well,” said head coach Tyrone Taylor. “We showed more hustle and improved every game. Overall we did pretty well against some very good teams.”
Sophomore guard Ramonique Redding scored 61 points – 33 of them in the Cougars’ lone win – and freshman point guard Angie Banks scored 33 points, pulled down 18 rebounds and chipped in 11 assists.
“Ramonique made the all-tournament team,” Taylor said. “She had a good tournament.”
TC’s three centers had solid performances, too.
Taft High product Kennedy Kunce scored 27 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, Crystallyn Faletoi also had 27 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and blocked three shots, and Emilee Davidson scored 13 points and paced the Cougars with 23 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Kunce and Davidson are freshmen.
“Kennedy came off the bench and played very well.”
The Cougars opened the tournament against El Camino, losing 77-55, which put them into the consolation bracket where they trounced West Los Angeles 84-41 after building up a 29-point (43-14) halftime lead.
In the consolation finals Taft was beaten by 15th ranked College of the Canyons 87-63.
“We were pretty much out of gas by then,” Taylor said. “We had eight players and they had 15. They had a big first half, but we played them even in the second half.”
The Cougars improved a little on their shooting, which was very poor in their first two games of the season before entering the tournament.
They shot 34 percent against El Camino, 41 percent against West L.A. but dropped off to 31 percent in the loss to Canyons.
In their victory the Cougars also were prefect from the free throw line (11-for-11), and against Canyons they were 21-of-27 for 78 percent.
Freshman guard Themia Cook had 18 points and 10 rebounds over the three-day tournament, sophomore forward Mylasia Smith scored 12 points and had 13 rebounds and Synclaire Lucas had 9 points and 11 rebounds.
Turnovers continue to be a problem.
The Cougars averaged 20 turnovers per game.
The tournament was the first of four consecutive three-day, double-elimination outings the Cougars will play before the holiday break.
Next up is this week’s East L.A. Tournament Thursday through Saturday.
They play Scottsdale, Ariz. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and either Saddleback or L.A. Trade Tech on Friday. The finals are on Saturday.
TC (1-4) will host Bakersfield College on Jan. 4 before launching the 12-game Central Valley Conference season on Jan. 8 at Reedley.
Taft College @ Pasadena City College Rose City Classic Tournament by Kennedy Sweet
November 16, 2013
vs El Camino College
The Taft College Lady Cougars traveled to Pasadena City College for their first tournament, November 14-16. The Cougars had a tough battle in their first game against EL Camino College. El Camino came out in a man to man defense with a lot of energy masking the Cougars. Despite El Camino’s energy and defense the Cougars were only down 3 at the half. After the half the Cougars came out with more energy on defense but it wasn’t enough to get the win. The lady Cougars came up short with a 55-77 loss.
vs West Los Angeles College W 84-41 In the second game of the tournament, the Lady Cougar’s faced West Los Angeles College. The Cougar’s came out ready to fight for the victory. Starting the game off strong the Cougars went on a 14 point run. They continued to play well and together as a team, making the 14 point run stretch even further. Cougars felt good after half time and soon finished the game with a 43 point lead. The Cougars earned their first win of the season 84-41.
vs College of the Canyons L 62-87
The Cougars pulled College of the Canyon’s in there consolation championship game on day 3. Both teams came out strong matching each other’s intensity. The game was back and forth and even though the Cougars had a few injuries from the previous game, they stuck around. At the half the Cougars were down by 9, but came out even stronger for the 2nd half. The Cougars knew what they had to do to win this game and played with more heart and drive. Despite the Cougars efforts, they came up short 62-87.
Taft College vs Allan Hancock College L 46-67 by Kennedy Sweet
November 12, 2013
The Cougars played their first home game of the pre-season excited and ready to play. As the ball was tipped off, it became clear that the Cougar’s heads were not in it. They came with a lack of energy easily getting masked by Allan Hancock’s half court man to man defense. The Cougars played catch up the whole time but never really caught up. Being down 10 at the half the Cougars needed to come out stronger for the 2nd half. After a motivational speech the Cougars fought harder and stronger in the second half, but they were no match for Allan Hancock. Ramonique Redding (8 pts, 6 rebs, 1 ast) and Angie Banks (4 pts, 4 rebs, 2 ast, 1stl, 2 blks) were recognized players. Despite their efforts, the Cougars lost 46-67.
Cougar Hoop Team Home Opener Tuesday
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller November 11, 2013
The Taft College women's basketball team will host Allan Hancock College of Santa Maria tonight in the home opener for the Cougars and season opener for the Bulldogs.
Tipoff in the Al Baldock Cougar Sports Center will be at 6 p.m.
The Cougars christened the season Friday in Victorville where they dropped a 55-53 decision to Victor Valley College.
Both teams shot poorly, and although the Cougars had the edge in shooting accuracy, they also committed more turnovers that ultimately proved to be the deciding factor.
TC turned the ball over 33 times compared to Victor Valley's 21.
"The turnovers hurt us the most," said head coach Tyrone Taylor. "We had trouble doing the little things like catching the ball. We'd get a rebound and then throw it away."
The miscues did the Cougars in.
"We were up by six with two minutes to go, but gave it all away with turnovers." Taylor said. "We kind of gave it away at the end. It was an interesting game."
The Cougars trailed 29-19 at halftime.
Both teams struggled to find a shooting touch.
The Cougars made good on only 18 of their 64 field goal attempts (28%), but the Rams were even colder, sinking just 17 of 89 (19%).
Eight of those were from 3-point range. The Cougars did not have a single trey, but they tried only eight. Victor Valley fired 40 times from behind the arc.
TC tried to make up for the disparity at the free-throw line, sinking 17 of 38 (45%) while Victor Valley was 13-of-32 (41%).
There were some pluses as well.
"There were some positives," Taylor said. "For one thing, we only gave up 55 points. And, everybody scored."
Sophomore guard Ramonique Redding led the Cougar scoring with 12 points on 5-of-11 from the field and 2-of-4 free throws.
Crystallyn Faletoi had 9 points, Emilee Davidson 8, Angie Banks and Themia Cook 6 each, Kennedy Sweet and Synclaire Lucas 5 each and Kennedy Kunce 2.
Banks, a freshman point guard, came off the bench to lead the team in rebounds (11), assists (8) and steals (3).
Faletoi pulled down 9 rebounds and Davidson and Redding 7 apiece.
The Cougars were without the services of sophomore shooting guard Erica Evans, who has been sidelined with an illness. She led the team in scoring last season.
After hosting the Bulldogs Tuesday the Cougars will hit the road for four tournaments over the next month before returning home Jan. 4 to host Bakersfield College. The double-elimination tournaments will be at Pasadena, East Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego.
Cougars Open Pre-Season at Victor Valley College L 53-55
November 8, 2013 by Kennedy Sweet
The Lady Cougars took a long to trip to Victor Valley College, where they battled the Lady Rams in their first game of the pre-season. The Cougars didn’t start off so hot as the Rams took an early lead in the first half. By the end of the first half the Cougars were down by 10 (29-19). With the Cougars knowing they would have to step up to win, they came out with more in energy and drive to succeed. The Cougars began to chip away at the 10 point deficit point by point. Slowly but surely the Cougars were finally ahead by the middle of the second half. After a long battle with the Rams the Lady Cougars came up short and lost by two (53-55).