TWENTYNINE PALMS — The Lady Wildcat varsity basketball team’s trip through the playoffs ended with a 37-33 home loss to Villa Park Saturday, Feb. 15.
“The Villa Park playoff game was a tough loss,” coach Tim Stanford said. “We played great team defense. Our defense was good enough to win the game.”
The Wildcats kept things close early in a low-scoring contest, with Villa Park holding a 10-9 edge at the end of the first quarter.
The Twentynine Palms girls outscored Villa Park 12-6 to build a 21-16 halftime lead and took a 30-20 lead in the third quarter before Villa Park went on a 17-3 run to take the game and move on in the CIF Southern Section 3AA championships.
“Offensively, we moved the ball extremely well; we just didn’t shoot a good enough percentage to win the game,” Stanford said.
“We shot 22 percent as a team on the night.”
The girls had a great season with 21 wins and nine losses overall and went 21-9 to take second in the Desert Valley League. Once they hit Division 3AA, however, they were swimming in a much bigger shark tank.
“We play in a very tough Division 3AA,” Stanford said. “Villa Park is from Orange County. They have a school population of over 2,300 kids.”
Kate Bobadilla led the Wildcats with 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists, five deflections, two steals and one block.
Breyonna Bell scored seven points, grabbed two rebounds and had three deflections, three steals and one bock. Riley King chipped in six points on three of four shooting and took 10 rebounds.
Coming back from an injury in the regular season, Taylor Scamman scored six points, dominated under the net with 15 rebounds and had four assists, six deflections, three steals and two blocks.
“This season must be looked at as a success. A 21-win season is something to be proud of,” Stanford said.
“We had five wonderful seniors this year: Taylor Scamman, Riley King, Jhordan Stanley, Victoria Pacheco and Mahiya Ellis.” The senior manager was Deje Brewer.
“We have a talented group of young players returning for next year’s squad,” Stanford added. “The future is bright.”
Getting into the second round
Twentynine Palms punched its ticket to the second round by beating Cabrillo High School 50-33 at home Thursday, Feb. 13.
The Wildcats led through most of the night but Cabrillo kept things close through the third quarter, which ended with the Wildcats holding onto a 34-29 lead.
The home team shifted into another gear in the fourth quarter, outscoring Cabrillo 16-4 to pull away and seal the win.
Bobadilla led the team with 19 points along with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. King added 12 points, four rebounds and six blocks.
Bell scored 11 points and five steals and Scamman added two points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals.
“We played great team defense,” Stanford said. “We held Cabrillo’s top two scorers to half their scoring averages.”
All 11 players contributed to the win, the coach added.
“These girls have had an outstanding attitude all year long; they have been open to the learning process, and they have improved every practice.”