Reedley College women’s basketball has showdown at COS

Home win over Porterville puts Tigers in position for sole possession of second place, Gagnon stars in season-opening baseball victory

Reedley College’s Abbie Hernandez (15) goes up for a shot past Allan Hancock College defender Brooke Chyanna Tell (5) during the first half of the Tigers’ 71-68 loss to the Bulldogs at RC on Nov. 21. (Reedley College)
Will Goldbeck
Published January 29, 2024  • 
11:30 am

REEDLEY – Sole possession of second place in the Central Valley Conference women’s basketball race will be on the line Jan. 31 in Visalia when the Reedley College Tigers face the College of the Sequoias Giants at 5 p.m.

While Reedley was recording a 65-50 win at home over Porterville College on Jan. 27, College of the Sequoias was suffering its first conference loss 77-73 versus Fresno City College.

Earlier in the week, injuries and other factors forced Merced College to forfeit a conference game to the Tigers.

On Saturday, freshman guard Alexis Holland’s seven three pointers and 21 points led the Tigers to the win over Porterville. After the COS game Reedley has CVC home contests against Taft College (Saturday, Feb. 3, 5 p.m.) and West Hills-Lemoore (Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m.).

Ninth straight loss for Tigers men’s hoop

 The losing streak has reached nine for the Reedley College men’s basketball Tigers.

The latest loss came on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 27 at Reedley’s Paul Mitchell Court when Porterville College picked up its first conference win of the season with a 73-63 win over the Tigers. On Jan. 24, the Tigers fell by a 72-68 score at Merced College.

Against Porterville, Kecian Primes (Madera) led Reedley College with 15 points, followed by Matt Ruegge (Kingsburg) with 12. In the loss to Merced, Ruegge paced the Tigers with 24 points.

On Jan. 31, Reedley goes on the road to face the College of the Sequoias in Visalia before hosting West Hills Coalinga (whose only CVC win came over RC 84-78 in the first round of conference play) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Paul Mitchell Court.

RC baseball tourney at mercy of weather

Defending state champion Santa Ana College heads the field in the Reedley College Tiger Tournament, which initially was scheduled to begin (weather permitting) on Thursday, Feb. 1. Host RC takes a 2-0 record into the tourney after posting two wins last week.

Santa Ana joins Oxnard, Sierra and the Tigers in the tournament field. Reedley was tentatively scheduled to face Oxnard at 1 p.m. Feb. 1, Santa Ana at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 and Sierra at 2:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 3. However, a forecast of heavy rain may have games scheduled to start on Jan. 31 and end on Sunday, Feb. 4.

Reedley opened its season last week with two victories over DeAnza College; first an 11-1 rout in Cupertino on Jan. 26 and then an 8-6 home victory at RC diamond a day later. Will Gagnon, Reedley High product and UCLA recruit, scattered three hits in seven scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts while Collin Rios (Bullard, Fresno) had four hits in the opening victory .

In the home win, Reedley collected 14 hits including four by Mike Collins (Bullard) and three by Brody Block (Redwood, Visalia). Dusty Vela (Chico) and Garrett Garfield (Clovis) had two hits apiece while Garfield and Collins each knocked in two runs. Three Tigers pitchers combined to scatter five hits and strike out 12.

Will Goldbeck
Mid Valley Times | Contributor