2013-14 Warriors Basketball

Chris Llamas #12 and Micah Fjeld #32 look to deny a shot attempt by an East guard in last Tuesday's SEYL opener
while Isaiah Johnson #5 look on. Tehachapi went on to defeat the Blades, 55-43. Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News.

Making An Early Statement;
THS Ousts Defending SEYL Champs in Opener

Posted by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News, on January 29, 2014

The Warriors had a stiff test right from the get go to open up league, having to take on defending league champion East.

A talented Blades team rolled into Tehachapi (13-5; 2-0 SEYL) to take on Mountain Basketball, but the home team never wavered in a 55-43 victory.

The Warriors had their hands full underneath the basket, having to take on 6-foot-7 big man Fatai Eke, who is considered the best forward-center in the area and has scholarship offers from many Division I programs, including CSU-Bakersfield, UC Irvine and Washington State.

Eke led all scorers with 24 points on the night, but was neutralized on the glass on multiple occasions on defense, fouling out with 2:54 to go in the game. Dakota Medovitch and Micah Fjeld did most of the damage underneath the basket, finishing with 12 rebounds and eight rebounds, respectively, and 13 combined points.

Other leaders in the East win included Isaiah Johnson with 23 points and four steals, Saavedra with 10 points and five steals, and Chris Llamas, Thomas Blewett and Jacob Burt closing with a combined nine points. Mountain Basketball also committed only five turnovers and had 16 steals as a team.

In the win over Highland, the Warriors continued their rebounding barrage, with Medovitch finishing with 13 boards, Fjeld 10 rebounds, and Johnson 12 rebounds and 20 points to close with a double-double.

Saavedra had 13 points and Llamas had nine points, including two three pointers in the first quarter to spark a scoring run. Medovitch and Fjeld both had eight points apiece, Daniel Wight had a basket and Mikey Phillips connected on a free throw.

Up next for Tehachapi is a home contest this Thursday against Foothill. The Warriors will also take on Garces on the road next Tuesday for supremacy at the halfway mark of the league season. Both games will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity:

Down 20-5 in the first half, the Braves nearly pulled off a big comeback before falling in overtime to Highland, 51-47.

Tehachapi (4-8; 0-2 SEYL) led 44-41 with only three seconds left in the fourth quarter, but the Scots banked a three pointer at the buzzer to send the contest to overtime, edging out the Braves 7-3 in the extra period to escape with the win.

Carson Bethany led all scorers with 13 points, followed by Bryan Cotta with 12 points and Daniel Viselli with nine points. Jesus Sanchez, Andy Smith, Jon Danielson and Kris Breedlove combined for the other 13 points scored by the Braves.

Earlier in the week, Tehachapi lost 39-27 to East. Bethany was the leading scorer with 11 points, followed by Danielson with seven points, Ryan Kelly with five points, and Sanchez and Viselli with three points each.

Lady Warrior defenders Daisy Moran #22 and Leja Jakstaite #44 hustle for the ball in game against Highland
in Bakersfield. The Lady Warriors won the contest, 50-15. Photo by Mike Duffy, The Tehachapi News.

Lady Warriors Win League Openers;
THS Takes Out East & Highland

Posted by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News, on January 29, 2014

Mountain Basketball opened up league with an impressive start by rolling to a pair of wins over East 48-22 and Highland 50-15 in basketball action last week.

Tehachapi (15-4; 2-0 SEYL) had every single Lady Warrior score at least one basket in the victory over East. Alyssa Garcia led the way with nine points, 10 rebounds, six steals and four assists and Brandi Davidson had seven points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Other contributors included Laney Ricker with six points and two steals, Brooke Boyd with five points and five rebounds, and Shelby Ricker with five points, five steals and three assists.

Also scoring was Kelsey Vance and Dani Peacon with four points each, and Noemi Lorenz, Lexi Garrett, Leja Jakstaite and Daisy Moran each with two points. Lorenz's basket was her first of the season.

Against Highland, the Lady Warriors overcame a cold shooting first quarter with 22 points in the second quarter, jumping to a 27-6 lead by halftime. Garcia had 12 points, eight rebounds, six steals and four assists in the win, followed by Laney Ricker with 10 points and three steals and Peacon with nine points.

Vance and Davidson both had four points, Moran and Shelby Ricker had three points and five rebounds apiece, Garrett and Jakstaite both had two points, and Boyd had five rebounds.

Tehachapi will be on the road at Foothill this Thursday and take on Garces at home this upcoming Tuesday. Both games are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.