If you see a Lady Brave basketball player at school or around town, you might see one of them proudly wearing a team sweater that displays their team motto, “pray together, win together”.
Utilizing depth and chemistry unmatched by other Kern County teams, the Lady Braves embraced those words into action, coming to ‘pray together’ prior to the start of each game.
When the game started, the team then shifted their focus to ‘win together’, capped with an undefeated record in the Southeast Yosemite League to earn Tehachapi High School’s first league title in 2012-2013.
“Wow, what a ride,” said head coach Clint Cass. “There were times this season they could have folded and they didn’t. They just didn’t know how to lose.”
Although challenged, Tehachapi (20-1; 10-0 SEYL) was never rivaled, becoming the first jayvee squad in THS history to reach the 20-win milestone in one season.
Mountain Basketball outscored SEYL opponents 393-171, winning by an average of over 22 points per game. The last week also proved to be the sweetest, playing three games in a row with wins over North (25-22), Foothill (39-21) and a season ending 41-20 victory over Garces.
“Consistently we’ve had eight to ten scorers each game,” Cass said. “Just awesome team chemistry. We had a lot of talent and the girls just really enjoyed playing together.”
Against North this past week, Brooke Boyd was the leading scorer with six points, followed by Brandi Davidson, Angie Kroeger and Leja Jakstaite with four points each. Boyd and Shelby Ricker also connected on three free throws to fuel the win in the fourth quarter.
Kroeger was the high scorer over Foothill with eight points, followed by Elayna Cramer, Boyd and Davidson with six points each, and Jakstaite, Brooke Langstron, Kiera Peck and Madeleine Cass with a combined 13 points. In the win over Garces, Boyd had eight points and Ricker seven points, while Liza Sanchez, Daisy Moran, Cozette Kenyon and Andrea Flores had a combined nine points.
“When our season started, we had 13 girls and two coaches that came together for one goal,” Cass added. “It feels great to be able to say mission accomplished.”