Basketball Season Begins With Solid ‘Foundation’

Joseph Ehmann, Sports Editor

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To kick-off the basketball season, the Weston Ranch Cougars boys’ and girls’ varsity teams played Nov. 27 in the annual CIF Foundation games against the Davis Blue Devils. Although the Foundation games were not counting towards team records, the battle between the two schools showed what the girls and boys must improve upon and the strong points the teams are carrying coming into the season.

In the second of the two games, the Cougars boys squad squared up against Davis. The contest began neck-and-neck with the Devils. The Ranch had a one-point deficit at the half.

Then, in the third quarter, the Cougars showed their own brand of “Strength in Numbers,” the famous mantra of the Golden State Warriors, and took over the game.

Right off, Charles Jemison drained a 3-pointer and everything started to fall into place. The next play, Jemison dropped another 3. Then Junior Makhi Turner grabbed a steal and the Cougars were off on a 23-point scoring binge while holding the Blue Devils to a mere 10 for the quarter.

“Everything was going right for us in the second half,” Jemison said.

According to Boys Basketball Head Coach Chris Teevan, the team “played great tonight.”

Yet, like any coach, Coach Teevan saw room for improvement.

“There are some things we still have to work out – like shot selection and passing – but tonight was a success,” said the coach.

Next Thursday, the boys’ team will co-host the Edison Tournament, Dec. 6-8, with home games split between both campuses.

The guys hope to add an official W to their 86-54 pre-season rout of Davis.

As for the other varsity team on the court, the season started with an early struggle and a quick rebound.

The Lady Cougars got their season off to a rough start last Monday. The team couldn’t find a momentum with the Blue Devils playing constant defense and good offense.

The key to the Blue Devils’ offense was Kelsey Forrester who scored 32 of her team’s 62 points.

Weston Ranch girls didn’t match the output from Davis, said Lady Cougars Head Coach Darrell Johnson.

“We just needed more hustle,” Coach Johnson said. “They overshadowed us when it came to energy.”

The team’s energy and points production pick up the following day when it counted as the girls’ varsity rocked Cordova on the road, 61-36.

Since the Davis game was an exhibition, the Lady Cougars start their season, 1-0, with a victory.  

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