Taft College spread the wealth around Wednesday night as the Cougars used two surges to breeze past Porterville College, 69-49, in a Central Valley Conference women's basketball game. The Cougars went on a 15-0 run midway through the first half and began the second with a 12-2 spree that gave them a 24-point lead en route to their second conference victory. More importantly for coach Greg McCall, the Cougars had a season-high 18 assists with point guard Sharde Little getting 10 with some pinpoint and, at times, fancy passing. "I was really pleased with the way we shared the ball on the fast break," McCall said. "I hope it continues with our next two games. That really impressed me." McCall wants his team to finish the season on a high note.
The Cougars host College of the Sequoias next Wednesday and then will finish the season on the road Feb. 17 at Merced College. Lexi Garvey, who was nine-of-13 from the field, and Carolyn Stribling each scored 15 points to lead the way. Marsharica Quinn scored 12, Theresa Hubbard had eight, Nerida Washington seven, and Little, Ashley Anfield and Nikki Thompson four each. Stribling had eight rebounds and Thompson five. Stribling also had five steals and Little four. The game was even through the first 10 minutes with the Cougars leading by a point at 15-14. That's when Stribling and Quinn teamed up to score 10 straight points as the Cougars cruised out to a 30-16 halftime lead. Thompson scored the first basket of the second half to ignite a 12-2 run that gave the Cougars a 44-20 cushion with 14:19 left. With the win the Cougars improved to 2-8 in the conference and 5-20 overall while the Pirates remained winless in the conference and are now 3-21 on the season.
TAFT COLLEGE 69—Little 2 0-0 4, Anfield 2 0-04, Quinn 6 0-0 12, Hubbard 4 0-0 8, Garvey 7 0-0 15, Washington 3 0-0 7, Stribling 6 3-5 15, Thompson 1 2-4 4. Totals: 31 5-9 69.
PORTERVILLE COLLEGE 49—Guiterrez 3 0-2 8, Knox 10 0-0 21, Okereke 5 2-3 12, Ezell 1 4-7 6, DeSoto 1 0-0 2, Cecil 0 0-2 0. Totals: 20 6-14 49.
Halftime: Taft 30, Porterville 16
3-;oint goals: Taft 2 (Garvey, Washington); PC 5 (Knox 3, Guiterrez 2). Total fouls: Taft 16, Porterville 7. Fouled out: Washington. Turnovers: Taft 15, Porterville 17.