2011-12 Lady Warrior Basketball

Senior Paige Bennett (above) goes in for a layup in a recent game in Tehachapi.
Bennett, at 5'9", leads the Lady Warriors in scoring (14.2 ppg), rebounds (7.6 rpg), and assists (4.9 apg).
Bennett was also selected to the all-tournament team at the recent Arvin Holiday Basketball Tournament.
The Lady Warriors are 9-4 so far this season (through games of Dec. 17, 2011). Photo by the Tehachapi News.

Lady Warriors Place 2nd
In Arvin Holiday Basketball Tournament

Posted by thswarriors.com, on December 19, 2011

The Tehachapi Lady Warriors took 2nd place honors in the recent Arvin Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament held December 15-17, 2011. After winning four straight games, the Lady Warriors lost to Centennial-Bakersfield in the finals, 46-40.

The Lady Warriors, under first year head coach Renn Amstead, now have an overall 9-4 record through their first 13 games of the season.

Seniors Paige Bennett (5'9") and Meagan Kilchrist (5'4") were both selected to the all-tournament team for their outstanding play throughout the tournament.

On Thursday, December 15, Tehachapi defeated McFarland in the opening round of the tournament, 67-33. Leading scorers for the Lady Warriors were Bennett 20, Alyssa Garcia 11, Briana Gutierrez 10, and Kilchrist 7.

Playing for the second time on Thursday, the Lady Warriors outlasted South Bakersfield, 40-23. Leading scorers were Kilchrist 15, Garcia 7, Bennett 6, and Rheanna Cowee 6.

On Friday, December 16, Tehachapi crushed the hometown Arvin Bears, 56-37. Bennett led the Warriors with 20, Garcia had 9, and Sarah Breen chipped in with 8.

On Saturday, December 17, the Lady Warriors ripped fellow SSL member Taft, 50-22. Garcia took high point honors for the Warriors with 15, Bennett had 9, Kilchrist 8, and Breen 6.

The victory over Taft set up a showdown with Centennial for the championship. The Warriors had lost to Centennial before at the Centennial winter Classic, 50-41, setting up an opportunity for some revenge.

The Lady Warriors led at the half 20-16; but trailed by 2 after three quarters, 31-29; Centennial outscored Tehachapi 15-11 in the final canto to preserve the 46-40 win. Bennett scored 12 and Garcia had 7 to lead the Warriors. Centennial improved to 9-3 for the season.

Centennial's Lisa-Marie Sanchez was named the MVP of the tournament. Besides Bennett and Kilchrist, the all-tournament team included Smalls Redding, Mira Monte; Claesy Tarver, Arvin; Alyssa Gonzales, Centennial; and Alex Sierra, Centennial.

In other non-league contests leading up to the Arvin Tournament, the Lady Warriors defeated Lancaster 54-25 on Dec. 13; crushed Mira Monte-Bakersfield 56-32 on Dec. 7; lost to Highland-Palmdale 40-35 on Dec. 6; and nipped Burroughs-Ridgecrest 51-48 on Dec. 5.