Redwood girls basketball coach Jason Black was adamant that his team needed at least a split this week to begin West Yosemite League action.
Black got his wish.
Although, he had to endure a possible buzzer-beater by Hanford West that just rolled off the rim in the Rangers' favor.
Redwood defeated Hanford West 62-61 Friday night in a WYL game in Hanford.
Corissa Turley, who scored 16 of her game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, converted a 3-point play with just 6.2 seconds on the clock to turn a 61-59 Hanford West lead into a 62-61 advantage for Redwood. Hanford West's Kalia Parker got a shot off to try to win it for the Huskies, but had an unlucky bounce at the end.
"This was a bounce-back game after the loss to Hanford (on Wednesday), and we had to win. I thought the effort in the second half was terrific and those tight rims at Hanford West worked in our favor," Black said.
Down 33-26 at halftime, Redwood (11-3, 1-1) outscored the Huskies 36-28 over the final two quarters. Turley and Jasmine Black accounted for all of the Rangers' 22 points in the fourth quarter. Jasmine Black finished with 16 points, and Jordan Surfus had 10 points.
Jayla English had 28 points for Hanford West (14-3, 1-1).
Garces 90, Mission Oak 88: Only four players scored for the Rams as the Hawks fell to the host team in overtime of the semifinals of the Garces Holiday Hoops Challenge in Bakersfield.
Sheldon Croney barely missed recording a triple double for Garces with 25 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Rashad Jackson led all scorers with 34 points. Tim Pena scored 24 and Justin Gapper netted seven.
Mission Oak (11-3) also had three players score at least 20 points. Blake Shannon led the team with 27. Bobby ALvarado scored 22 and Kollan Mundley scored 20.
The Hawks trailed 37-24 at halftime after Garces won the second quarter 22-12. But Mission Oak rallied with 27 points in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 55-51 before sending the game to overtime, where they were outscored 15-13.
Hanford West 69, Redwood 53: Josue Salaam scored 31 points for the Huskies to give the Rangers their first WYL loss in Visalia.
Redwood (8-6, 1-1) finished the game with 33 turnovers (23 in the first half) while shooting 1-of-12 from the three-point line and 17-33 from the free-throw line.
"We came out extremely flat," Redwood coach Darryl Hardwick said. "We were not prepared to play. I take responsibility for that. Tonight was a big league game. Our energy and excitement were not at the level we need to be at. We have to bounce back. Some of our weaknesses were really exposed. Our players need to understand that we are pursuing a league championship. To be champions, we have to play at another level."
Ricky Ramirez led the Rangers with 13 points. After Salaam, Davon Edmund finished with 12 points for Golden West (11-5, 2-0).
Redwood's next game is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lemoore.
Golden West 42, Hanford 37: The Trailblazers outscored the Ballpups 19-9 in the fourth quarter to rally from a five-point deficit and earn their first WYL win.
Troy Stainbrook led Golden West (4-10, 1-1) with 11 points, while Paul Arreguin scored 10.
The Trailblazer's next game is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hanford West.
Porterville 73, Lindsay 61: Giacomo Catalina and Isiah Moreno each scored nine points and the Panthers (4-8) held on to beat the Cardinals in a nonleague game.
Chris Misaalefua scored 18 points to lead the Cardinals (9-5).
Exeter 51, Woodlake 18: Jacqueline Hutcheson scored 10 points to lead the Monarchs to a nonleague win over the Tigers in Exeter. Regina Ramirez led Woodlake (4-7) with six points.
Exeter (9-5) hosts Strathmore in its next game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Tigers host Parlier at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Mt. Whitney 2, Lemoore 0: The Pioneers netted two first half goals to secure their first WYL win against Tigers.
Blake Aguiar scored in the 10th minute on a cross from Chris Angulo. Jessie Castillo scored in the 30th minute on a goal assisted by Jack Felsted.
Austin Aguiar made two saves for Mt. Whitney (6-7-3, 1-2).
Lindsay 5, Delano 1: Jennelly Rangel scored three goals for the Cardinals in a nonleague win over the Tigers.
Rangel netted the game's first goal in the 15th minute on a penalty kick. She gave Lindsay (3-9) a 3-1 lead in the 57th minute on a goal assisted by Kayla Camargo before completing the hat trick with the game's final goal in the 71st minute on a goal assisted by Aimee Gutierrez.
Mariana Gutierrez gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead with an unassisted goal just one minute after Rangel's first score. Delano cut the lead in half in the 32nd minute. Aimee Gutierrez gave Lindsay a 4-1 lead in the 65th minute on a goal assisted by Mariana Gutierrez.
Sandra Cortez made two saves.
Lindsay's next game is at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Corcoran in Lindsay.
Lemoore 4, Mt. Whitney 0: The Tigers scored two goals in each half to give the Tigers their first WYL loss of the season.