by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
REEDLEY – After winning seven of eight and four in a row the Taft College women's basketball team has hit a snag now that it is moving into the heart of the Central Valley Conference schedule.
The Cougars dropped their second CVC game in a row here Saturday, a 68-42 decision to the Reedley Tigers.
Again, the Cougars played a sluggish first half, trailing by 20 (37-17) at the break. In a 76-35 loss to first-place Sequoias three nights earlier the Cougars scored just 11 points in the first half.
TC had a better second half but was outscored 31-25.
A look at the statistics tells the tale.
Reedley shot 27-of-53 for 51 percent from the floor compared to Taft's 14-of-58 or 24 percent. Both teams shot 18 three-pointers but the Tigers made five and Taft two.
The Cougars were 12-of-19 from the free throw line (63 percent) and Reedley 9-of-12 (75 percent).
The Tigers outrebounded the Cougars 38-24.
Davidson had six rebounds, Graham two steals and an assist and Banks three rebounds, six assists, three steals and a blocked shot.
Jackie Robles led Reedley with 17 points on 7-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc. Dahlia Lopez was 6-of-9 from the floor and made all four of her free throws to score 16 points.
Again Taft's lack of depth played a part. TC has just seven players while Reedley was able to press 10 into the action.
TC's task doesn't get any easier Wednesday when the Cougars host West Hills-Lemoore (13-6 overall). Tipoff in the Al Baldock Cougar Sports Center is 6 p.m.
Sequoias 4-0 (19-3)
Reedley 3-1 (11-9)
Fresno 2-1 (14-7)