2012-13 Warriors Basketball

A view through the glass during CIF playoff basketball shows heavily guarded Warrior sophomore Nathan Hedberg as he goes for
a layup in second half action against Mira Monte. The Warriors defeated the Lions, 70-46, to advance to the semi-finals. Photo by The Tehachapi News

Warriors Wallop Lions In First Round Victory
Independence Ends Warrior Season in Round Two

Posted by The Tehachapi News, on February 24, 2013

An additional day of practice and preparation provided a big boost for the Warriors in a runaway 70-46 blowout victory over Mira Monte in the Division III playoffs.

After the Warriors’ game was postponed from Wednesday to Thursday due to highway weather conditions, Tehachapi played the undercard in a CIF playoff home double-header with the varsity girls, breezing to an easy victory over the Lions.

Mountain Basketball took a commanding 21-9 lead after the first quarter when Jonny Saavedra connected on one of his three three-pointers at the buzzer, with the standout freshmen closing out the game with 13 points overall.

Ryan Flick also contributed with a game high 20 points, including 4-4 at the free throw line and two three pointers, while Dakota Medovitch had nine points and Dalton Scaggs had eight points.

Isaiah Johnson also had a pair of three pointers to help the Warriors to seven long distance connections overall in the game, while Caeleb Roney also had six points and Nathan Hedberg, Micah Fjeld and Chris Llamas combined for eight points.

The victory over Mira Monte was the third this year for Tehachapi, with the Warriors defeating the Lions 48-47 and 64-62 in preseason tournaments.

After the first round win, Tehachapi was forced to regroup the next day to play Kern County’s top team and Division III no. 1 seed Independence. Unfortunately, the quick game turnaround resulted in an 80-38 loss in Bakersfield to end the season.

Flick was the high scorer in the losing effort with 10 points, followed by Johnson with nine points, Scaggs with eight points, Saavedra with seven points and Fjeld with four points.

Mountain Basketball ended the season with a 15-14 winning record in 29 games. According to thswarriors.com, the season marked nine-straight winning seasons and playoff appearances for head coach Chris Olofson.

Seniors ending their basketball tenure for Tehachapi High this season were Ryan Flick, Dalton Scaggs and Andrew Baquerizo.