Yavapai Drops Season Finale
YC will face Cochise in the first round of the regional tournament.
Having already clinched a home play-off spot, the Lady Riders went into tonight’s game against Cochise College with nothing more to play for than to finish out the season. The Lady Apaches on the other hand had everything to play for. With a victory, Cochise would secure the final play-off spot, however, a loss would knock them out completely and Arizona Western College would earn the position. The inspired Apache team took advantage of the moment and beat Yavapai 94-84 to gain the play-off berth. YC concludes the regular season with a 20-10 mark and 18-4 record and second place finish in the ACCAC standings.
Yavapai opened the game with a 6-2 lead in the first two minutes of the game. That was the final advantage that the lady hoopsters would have on the night as Cochise opened up a 24-point margin going into halftime, 50-26.
The Lady Riders picked up the intensity after intermission and found themselves down by four points with 1:10 remaining in the game. YC had to foul the rest of the way and the game ended in the 10-point deficit.
Tehani Goldsmith finished the game with 32 points, shattering the single season scoring record held by Cindy Kinderknecht in 1987-88. Goldsmith currently has 581 points and the old mark was 565. Paris Dunford and Ebony Ward added 14 points a piece with Ward picking up 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals. Playing on a hurt leg, Kellie Snyder knocked in 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
YC enters the NJCAA Region I Play-offs as the second seed and will play host to these same Lady Apaches. The game will be played on Wednesday, March 5th in the Storm Center with tip-off at 7:30 PM. The winner advances to the Regional Championship Game on Friday, March 7th at #1 Central Arizona College and the chance to earn a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kansas.