Girls basketball season ends in first round of playoffs


Jazmyn Chavira

Adeana Furman hyping up the team during break.

The Taft High all-senior basketball team played their first round of playoffs. This particular team of girls have played together since 6th grade at Lincoln Junior High. Lincoln is where they won league every year earning a “three-peat”. The team has had to overcome the challenge of only 8 girls. Despite this challenge, they ended their season with a record of 15-12. With this record, they headed to their first round of playoffs.

Going into their first round of playoffs, they played Highland. Starting the game against Highland was Reagan Hamilton, Bree Johansen, Mahaila Laulu, Morgan Pulido, and Sierra Kozloski. They played a hard first quarter, ending 10-12. By half, the score was 20-26. Still battling through the third with a score of 32-38. Toward the end of the fourth, both teams were tied 42-42. But, in the last couple seconds, Highland went for a three-pointer and made the shot. Ending the game was 45-42 Highland. Even with this loss, Taft played a strong game. 

A couple of the players wanted to say some words about their season. Tayler Portenga stated, ”I’m very proud of how far the team has come in the last four years.” Reagan Hamilton said, ”Our team definitely improved as the year went on and we pushed every day to be our best. I  never doubted that anyone was giving less than 100%. This season didn’t end how we wanted, but we made memories that I will never forget and I’m so proud of all our hard work.” Morgan Pulido stated, “With only having eight players on the team, we managed to do really well this season. We got along very well, and I loved playing my last basketball season with this team. Yes, we won some and lost some, but that made us work even harder for the next game.”