REEDLEY – Reedley College’s women’s basketball Tigers came out a winner in its final game of 2023.
Coach Dan Kilbert’s squad will take a season record of 7-6 into 2024 after a 54-50 victory over Imperial Valley College in Bakersfield on Dec. 15.
Leoccha Maroney, the third leading rebounder in the state, had 10 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Tigers. Six of those points and seven rebounds came in the first quarter as Reedley built an 18-4 lead.
Tiana Sutherland and Abbie Hernandez followed with nine points for the winners. Erynn Padhal’s three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining gave Reedley the lead for good.
The Tigers had lost to Imperial Valley (10-2) 53-52 in San Diego on Nov. 18. Reedley’s first game of 2024 will be on Thursday, Jan. 4 at Cabrillo College.
Late rally falls short for RC men
Reedley College roared back from a 14-point halftime deficit, but came up short in a 76-72 non-conference loss to Canada College on Dec. 16 at RC gym. It was the final game of the 2023 portion of the schedule for the Tigers (4-8).
Freshman guard Jayden Abuyen (Centennial-Bakersfield) scored a game-high 17 points for Reedley, but the Tigers were unable to overcome four double figure scorers by the Colts (7-4) from Redwood City. Reedley also had four players in double figures as Quentin Allen scored 12 points, Kecian Primes had 11 and Kyriaun Davis finished with 10 points.
Reedley opens the 2024 portion of its schedule on Saturday, Jan. 6 with a 3 p.m. game at Bakersfield College to start a three-game road swing. The next home game will be a conference matchup against Columbia College on Wednesday, Jan. 17.