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Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2018 11:07 am | Updated: 8:38 am, Wed Feb 7, 2018.

TWENTYNINE PALMS — With three lopsided victories and one barn burner, the Richard Casey Memorial Gym was hopping Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats, hosting cross-Basin rivals, the Yucca Valley High School Trojans, took three of four games during a long, exciting night of basketball.

Junior varsity girls

The Trojans drew first blood as their junior varsity girls team beat their Twentynine Palms counterparts 61-36.

After falling begin 6-8 in the first quarter, the Trojans turned it around in the second quarter and took a 22-16 leads into halftime.

They took it up another notch in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats 21-6 in the third quarter.

Acting Wildcat coach Tim Stanford emphasized the improvements made by his young squad.

“The junior varsity lost by 40 to the Yucca girls the first time around so losing by around 20 was an improvement,” he said.

“This is the first year of basketball for most of the girls on the JV squad. All of the JV girls have improved dramatically. Yucca’s JV team is the best team in the DeAnza league.

Amanda Edling led the Wildcats with 18 points.

Junior varsity boys

In the second game of the evening the junior varsity Wildcat boys took a measure of revenge on their counterparts, beating them 83-51.

After taking a 24-9 lead in the first quarter, the Wildcats outscored the Trojans 23-8 in the second quarter to take a 47-17 lead into halftime.

Sophomore Jaylan Bradberry led the Wildcat in scoring with 18 points, followed by sophomore Troy Tuivaiti with 17.

“Jaylan played extremely well showing his ability to  be a multi tooled player scoring passing and rebounding, which most junior varsity player do not possess,” Coach Amanuel Bradberry said.

Varsity girls

The Wildcat varsity girls survived a second half surge by the Trojans to win 67-58 and remain undefeated in De Anza League play.

The Wildcats started strong, building a 20-2 first quarter lead that turned into a 33-12 edge heading into halftime.

The Trojans turned things around in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats 23-9 in the third quarter to cut the Wildcat lead to 42-35. The Trojans continued to cut into the lead in the fourth quarter, taking a 50-48 lead with 4:24 remaining before a technical foul by their coach seemed to help the Wildcats regain momentum and put the game away.

“Last night’s game was a tale of two halves,” Stanford said.

“We played our best two quarters of the year in the first and second quarters both offensively and defensively. Yucca is an outstanding team with exceptional coaching; they will do well in the playoffs in division 3AA.

“They will be able to play with any team in their division and they showed why in the second half of our game. Yucca is ranked much higher on Maxpreps than we are.

“I believe we were able to stand up to Yucca’s run had a lot to do with the fact that we settled down and went back to what got us the lead in the first place; tough fundamental defense without fouling and reliance on the fundamentals of our sophisticated spread offense.

“Seniors Lindsey Scamman and Hope Culver stepped up and remained calm. Lindsey had a momentum shifting basket while being fouled plus the free throw and Hope had an amazing acrobatic layup under serious duress.

“We were able to hold strong because these girls, all of them, love each other and because of their love and commitment to each other, they tuned in to the fundamental principles of the system Coach Barraza, Coach Erin Stanford, and I have put in place over many years.”

Lindsey Scamman had 31 points, 31 rebounds, seven assists and nine blocks. Hope Culver scored all 11 of her points in the fourth quarter, she was five for six from the line in the quarter as well.

Culver added six rebounds and four steals.

“This was a great team win by the home team with eight girls scoring baskets,” Stanford said.

The Trojans’ Angie Reutgen had 26 points, 14 of them in the third quarter comeback. Freshman Sara Mills chipped in 11 for the Trojans, including a contested three point basket that was part of the Trojans’ run.

Varsity boys

The varsity boys Wildcats scored in triple digits while beating the Trojans 101-51 to finish the night and remain undefeated in De Anza League play.

The Wildcats took a 30-13 in the first quarter and then shifted into overdrive, outscoring the Trojans 35-12 in the second quarter and 28-12 in the third quarter to take a 93-37 lead going into the final quarter.

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