Switching to a zone defense to slow down Taft College's running game worked for Modesto J.C. as the Pirates claimed a 76-68 Central Valley Conference victory in Modesto. Taft led 39-36 at the half, but Modesto went into a zone defense that kept the Cougars out of the paint. The Pirates chipped away at the lead early and overtook the Cougars. While the zone bothered the Cougars, a cold night at the free-throw line also did a lot of damage. The Cougars sank half of their tries—19 of 38. They were 10 of 20 in the second half when Modesto fought back.
Freshman forward Carolyn Stribling led both teams with 22 points. Marsharica Quinn added 14 and Lexi Garvey 12. TC also lost Little and Washington to fouls down the stretch. The loss dropped the Cougars to 1-6 in the conference and 4-18 overall. They host Fresno City College (4-2, 16-9) Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Cougar Sports Center.
Modesto 76, Taft 68
TAFT COLLEGE 68—Little 7, Anfield 6, Quinn 14, Hubbard 4, Garvey 12, Washington 2, Stribling 22, Thompson 1.
MODESTO JC 76—Russell 10, Saunts 4, E. Chavez 4, C. Chavez 3, D. Waites 2, Borba 6, Ball 11, S. Waites 2, Brown 16, Cole 17 Dowsen 1.
Halftime: Taft 39, Modesto 36
3-point goals: Taft 5 (Quinn3, Garvey 2), Modesto 2 (Chavez, Borba). Fouls: Taft 23, Modesto 25. Fouled out: Little, Washington.