“The girls did an awesome job of pressing Taft. The press didn’t allow Taft many opportunities to shoot the ball in the first half,” said head coach Joseph Grimes III.
The defense was tough all night long for the Lady Cats. If they gave up a shot to the visitors, and it did not go in, the Lady Cats gobbled up the rebound and made haste to the Taft basket for a chance to add to their scoring totals.
The defense was good enough in the first period to shut out the Hounds as the S-T girls took a 16-0 lead after the first eight minutes.
The Lady Cat offense fed off the turnovers and the missed shots of the visitors to record 20 second period points to lead by 36-7 at the half.
Things slowed in the second half and the Lady Cats added another 21 points over the final two periods. Taft added six in the third period and just two over the final eight minutes.
The win keeps the Skidmore-Tynan girls undefeated at 9-0 in district play.
Brittany Garza was hot from the court on Friday night with a team-high 20 points. Amber Hughlett was also in double figures with 10. Celina Acosta made nine in limited action while Samantha Minter recorded eight. Tamara Merritt followed with six off the bench for coach Grimes, and D’Anne Wilder had four tallies.
“It was nice to see the girls play with a lot of intensity and hustle throughout the whole game,” Grimes said.
The Lady Cats played host to San Diego on Tuesday night and will travel to Freer on Friday night to meet the Lady Bucks.