The way last season ended for the Redwood girls basketball team didn't sit very well with then first-year coach Jason Black.
The Rangers reached the Central Section Division II championship game in Selland Arena, but were blown out by Monache 79-50.
And that is why Saturday night's game against Monache at the Martin Luther King Jr. girls showcase was important to Black and the Rangers.
The Rangers used pressure defense and pulled away in the second half to beat Monache 61-40 at the Dr. S. Thomas Porter Field House on the College of the Sequoias campus.
"We really wanted this win," coach Black said. "I thanked the team for it. That game at Selland Arena hurt. To have that season and trying to build on what we had, that hurt, but I give credit to that Monache team. No disrespect to them."
The win over Monache may have been the confidence boost the Rangers needed as they prepare for another run in the Division II postseason.
The Rangers have to contend with other top teams like Garces and Ridgeview, but Black feels his team is getting in position to make a run at another trip to Selland Arena.
"We're getting there," he said. "I think we can get even better. Jasmine [Black] is progressing and [Corissa] Turley is rock solid. Some good things are happening here. Tonight we used our bench. It was a complete team win."
Black didn't hesitate to use his bench against Monache, but if the Rangers do plan on making that return trip to Selland Arena they will get there because of his 1-2 punch in Turley and Black.
"It is hard to talk about Jasmine when you're her father," Black said. "I tell the team I don't want to say anything because it sounds like I'm bragging, but those two really do compliment each other."
The lines of coach and dad may sometimes be blurred, but coach Black is on point in this instance.
Jasmine has the ability to knock down the long-range shot and she can also use her quickness to get to the basket.
Turley has the athleticism to get to the basket almost any time she wants, and she can be a rebounding machine.
The duo also alternates on ball-handling duties.
"Turley has the ability to go off for 30 and Jasmine can hit you with an array of threes," Black said. "I'm glad I'm their coach."
In Saturday's win, Turley led the team with 16 points and Black finished with 15.
They also received help from Rebekah Cervantes' 13 points, and Taylor Carter added 10 rebounds.
"I'm proud of the girls," Black said. "Every kid that came off the bench did something positive for us."
Up next for the Rangers is a home game against Hanford West on Tuesday.
In other scores at the girls MLK Showcase:
Edison 62, Tulare Western 26
Hanford West 52, Lindsay 46
Clovis East 47, Tulare Union 33
Roosevelt 37, Misssion Oak 36
College of the Sequoias 8, College of the Siskiyous 0: The Giants opened the 2013 season with a five-inning victory.
Frankie Jo Perez pitched all five innings and gave up just four hits for the Giants.
Leading the offense was Mayleen Mazon, who went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Brigit Godfrey went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored, and Jenna Facchini went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.