After starting the season with two losses, Mountain Basketball rebounded with an impressive performance in last week's Golden Valley Invitational.
The Lady Warriors defeated East (52-4), West (47-32) and Bakersfield (25-23) to reach the championship game against Golden Valley.
Against East, Tehachapi (3-2) raced out to a 21-0 lead at halftime en route to the big win. Every single Lady Warrior scored in the contest, with Alyssa Garcia, Daisy Moran and Dani Peacon leading the team with nine points, Brandi Davidson, Kelsey Vance, Shelby Ricker, Brooke Boyd and Laney Ricker each with four points, Kayla Trevino and Leja Jakstaite each with two points and Lexi Garrett with a point. Peacon and Shelby Ricker both had four steals and Jakstaite had a team leading seven rebounds in the win.
The momentum carried over to a win against West, with Garcia scoring 14 points and Shelby Ricker and Peacon both scoring in double-digits with 10 points apiece. Garcia recorded a solid all-around game with nine rebounds and six steals, while Peacon had five steals.
The preliminary round of the tournament ended with a win over the Bakersfield Drillers, with Garcia leading the way with 11 points and four steals and Boyd recording five rebounds and four steals. Jakstaite also had four points and six boards.
The final against Golden Valley was scheduled for this past Saturday, but had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. The new date for the championship was not immediately available at press time.
Earlier last the week, Tehachapi suffered a 50-26 loss to Burroughs. Garcia led the team with 10 points and five rebounds, while Jakstaite had seven rebounds and Moran and Boyd had five rebounds each.
Tehachapi will have back-to-back games this Thursday in the Shafter Tournament, taking on Hanford West at 5 p.m. and North at 7 p.m.
The Lady Braves moved their record to 2-0 with a 44-42 win over Burroughs this past Tuesday.
Angelika Kroeger had a double-double with 17 points and 11 steals and Fiona Ferry had 11 points, five rebounds and four steals.
America Sanchez and Carissa Hall both contributed with four points each and Una Abarquez had five rebounds and two blocks. Taylor Cummings, Rebecca Kirk and Brooke Langston all had baskets for Tehachapi as well.
The Braves are scheduled to play in the Liberty Tournament this week, with their first game scheduled against Golden Valley on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The Lady Indians opened their season with a 27-12 loss against Golden Valley.
Arin Armstrong led the team with six points, followed by Vanessa Swan, Elena Quintanilla and Jasmine Medovitch each with two points.
Swan also had three steals, Medovitch six rebounds and Emily Soto five rebounds to highlight other strong efforts.
Valerie Malcom, Yasmin Tirado, Madi Cornell and Quintanilla also contributed with three rebounds each.
The Lady Indians also participated in the Arvin Tournament this past weekend. Highlights from those games will be featured in a future edition of the Tehachapi News.