Lady Tigers find the going rough in disappointing 74-51 loss at Redwood

Jazmine Taylor in an earlier game had 10 points Friday night against Redwood.
Jazmine Taylor in an earlier game had 10 points Friday night against Redwood.

The weather inside Redwood's gym was about as dreary as the weather outside for the Tigers as Lemoore fell to 4-4 in the West Yosemite League a

fter Friday night's 74-51 loss to the Rangers. Kiesha Loftin and Nicolle Vega each scored 11 points for the Tigers, who remain in a tie for third place. Jazmine Taylor had 10 points for Lemoore. Redwood improved to 7-2, just a game behind Hanford.

Lemoore fell behind early, trailing at the end of the first period 21-9. The Rangers upped the advantage to 45-21 at the half.

For the Rangers, senior Katy Tovar had 19 points while her teammate Jasmine Black tossed in 18.

Hanford West

It's just been one of those years for Hanford West - the growing pains kind of year.  The Huskies, 1-20 overall and 0-6 in the West Yosemite League were no match for the more experienced Lady Tigers and lost game number 21, but not without a second half fight.

Lemoore improved to 13-7 and 4-3 in league, keeping them barely in the hunt for a league title.

Jazmine Taylor's short turn-around gave Lemoore a quick 9-0 lead to begin the first quarter Taylor Vasquez made it 15-0 on a 10-foot jumper and the Tigers were off and running.

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Alana Logan finally got the Huskies on board with a basket with 1:40 left in the opening frame. She was fouled on the play and connected on the free throw and trailed 19-3.

Lemoore led the Huskies 20-5 at the quarter break.

In the second quarter, Kayla Beck scored on a three-pointer for a 23-7 advantage as the Tigers seemed to be scoring inside and outside the perimeter and appeared to be running away with the game.

Lemoore slowed down a bit in the second as the period progressed, missing several easy shots and allowing Hanford West a second quarter resurgence of sorts as the Huskies allowed the Tigers a meager eight points to West's seven.

“One of the things we wanted to focus on tonight was we’ve been coming out with less intensity so we set some goals for the kids and they had to reach a certain number of rebounds and we’re trying to keep it in focus since we beat this team by a large margin in a prior game,” said Tiger Coach Jennifer Anderson. “We wanted to make sure our girls didn’t come out flat and instead came out intense.”

Lemoore will hit the road next week with a February 7 game at Redwood High School and then return home again for a game against Mt. Whitney on Feb. 12.

Jazmine Taylor led the Tigers with 12 points.


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