2013-14 Warriors Basketball

Against Garces last Tuesday, Micah Fjeld #32 goes up for a layup while Dakota Medovitch #20 and
Chris Llamas #12 look on. Fjeld finished with three points in the losing effort against the Rams, 71-62.
Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News.

Rough Week For Mountain Basketball
Garces and East Both Top Warriors

Posted by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News, on February 12, 2014

The Warriors entered into the week as co-leaders in the SEYL title race, but after a 71-62 loss to Garces and a 62-59 overtime loss to East, the Warriors are currently in a second place tie in the league standings with four games remaining in the regular season.

Tehachapi (15-7; 4-2 SEYL) went into a boisterous and hostile Garces gym last Tuesday, hanging tough with the Rams through two quarters and going into the locker room down by a modest 31-26 score.

However, Garces went on a big run in the third quarter, outscoring the Warriors 29-11 in the period to virtually put the game away.

Isaiah Johnson finished as the leading scorer for Tehachapi with 22 points, followed by Chris Llamas with 18 points, all coming by way of three-pointers. Jonny Saavedra had five points and Phil Baquerizo and Daniel Wight each had four points to highlight other scoring.

Two days later against East, the Warriors nearly swept the season series before the Blades squeezed out a 62-59 overtime win in their home gym in Bakersfield.

Saavedra nearly had a game-winning three-pointer that rimmed out at the buzzer in regulation before the game into overtime, 51-51.

The Warriors were handicapped right from the opening tip without the services of Llamas, who was suffering from a bad case of the flu.

Despite not having Llamas, the Warriors kept the contest close, with Johnson finishing with 29 points and nine rebounds and Medovitch closing with a double-double 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Micah Fjeld also had five points and eight rebounds, Saavedra had six points and Mikey Phillips had a basket.

Mountain Basketball will look to get back on the winning track this Wednesday with a home game against North. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Dani Peacon #13 eyes the defense at the top of the key in a Southeast Yosemite League game
against East last Thursday evening. Peacon had 13 points, six assists and six steals in the winning effort over the Blades.
Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News.

At The Halfway Mark of SEYL Play
Lady Warriors Defeat East

Posted by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News, on February 12, 2014

After falling to Garces to end the first round of SEYL play last Tuesday, the Lady Warriors rebounded with a 62-20 win over East, marking their fourth victory over the Blades this season.

Tehachapi (17-6; 4-2 SEYL) had a host of contributors in the game, with Alyssa Garcia leading the way with 15 points, five assists, four steals and three rebounds.

Dani Peacon also had a strong performance with 13 points, six assists and six steals, while Leja Jakstaite had eight points, six rebounds and three blocks and Shelby Ricker had eight points and five steals.

Kelsey Vance was the leader in rebounds on the night with nine, also contributing with four points. Brooke Boyd also had six rebounds, Daisy Moran five rebounds, and Brandi Davidson and Laney Ricker had five points apiece.

Earlier in the week, Tehachapi lost to Garces 68-46 despite 23 points, seven rebounds and five steals from Garcia. Vance also had seven rebounds and five points and Jakstaite and Moran had five rebounds each.

As a team, Tehachapi is currently the top team in the central section in free throw percentage, converting 235 of 367 free throws (64 percent). Garcia is the top player in free throw percentage in Central California, making 136 of 177 free throws (77 percent) so far this season.

The Lady Warriors will be in action again this Thursday at home against Foothill. The game will start at 6:30 p.m.