UFV Sports Friday – Split For Hoops

Women’s Basketball: Claggett, Tuchscherer combine to lead Cascades past Pronghorns

Taylor Claggett and Deanna Tuchscherer showed the vast potential of their combined chemistry on Friday evening, leading the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team to a 69-58 victory over the Lethbridge Pronghorns at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre.

Senior Claggett and rookie Tuchscherer tied for game-high honours with 21 points apiece, and Tuchscherer added 10 rebounds for her first career double-double as the Cascades (3-2) snapped the Pronghorns’ (5-2) five-game win streak.

The two teams renew hostilities on Saturday (5 p.m., CanadaWest.tv) at the EFAC.

As much as Claggett and Tuchscherer dominated the paint, the scary thing is that UFV head coach Al Tuchscherer (Deanna’s dad) believes his team is still just scratching the surface in terms of its offensive ability.

“Offensively I don’t think we’re even close,” he said. “We had a nice run in the second quarter that was kind of the difference in the game. But beyond that, we had a few too many turnovers, and the ball didn’t flow how we’d like it to flow tonight.

“But Taylor and Deanna are starting to develop a little bit of chemistry and an ability to play off of each other. It was good to see them both have solid nights tonight.”

The Cascades built a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, then pulled away late in the second, piecing together a 9-0 run highlighted by five points from Amanda Thompson to go up 38-24.

They maintained that double-digit lead for nearly the entire second half, and a flurry of triples midway through the fourth quarter – one from Maddy Gobeil, two from Nikki Cabuco – sealed the result.

Thompson finished with eight points while serving as the primary defender on Lethbridge standout Kacie Bosch, and Jessica Parker notched a team-high six assists.

Bosch scored a team-best 14 points from the Pronghorns, and Jessica Haenni scored 10.

Defensively, Coach Tuchscherer said, the Cascades are “starting to get it.”

“We’re making it a little bit difficult for teams to get quality shots, so that was encouraging tonight,” he said. “Their starting five is a real handful, and Kacie Bosch is as good as anybody in the conference. I thought as a team we really took our defensive responsibilities to a new level tonight, and I thought Amanda really led us in that area. It was nice to see her flourish in that role.”

Men’s Basketball : Warren’s four-point play boosts Pronghorns past Cascades

A four-point play from Brett Warren in the dying seconds of regulation lifted the Lethbridge Pronghorns to a 73-72 victory over the University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team on Friday evening at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre.

With the Pronghorns trailing 72-69 and the shot clock off, Warren took a pass on the right wing, pump-faked as UFV defender Sukhjot Bains flew past him, then fired from beyond the arc. With the shot on its way – and it would find the bottom of the net – Cascades centre Matt Cooley came in late and bumped Warren after he’d landed and was whistled for a foul. Warren made the ensuing free throw to give the visitors a 73-72 lead with 16 seconds remaining.

The Cascades had a chance to reclaim the lead, but Bains’s heavily contested three-point attempt hit the back iron and the Pronghorns (3-4) escaped with a big road win.

The two teams wrap up the weekend series on Saturday (7 p.m., CanadaWest.tv) at the EFAC.

“It stings a lot, because we had something to do with the outcome, and it wasn’t just the final possession,” Cascades head coach Adam Friesen said. “Giving up 27 turnovers and 14 offensive rebounds doesn’t do any favours.

“I think a lot of it (with the turnovers) was trying to do too much. When we keep it simple, we tend to get some pretty good looks. But a lot of our turnovers, I don’t think were forced. They were unforced, and knowing that leaves a bad taste in our mouths.”

The Cascades had a solid start to the game – they built a 19-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, and opened the second on a 7-0 run with five of those points coming off the fingertips of Vlad Mihaila.

The Pronghorns, though, would cut the deficit to 41-35 at the break, and they reeled off a 14-0 run in the third quarter to grab a 51-46 advantage. Keanu Funa lit the fuse for Lethbridge, scoring seven points in that stretch.

The Cascades reclaimed control in the fourth, and led 72-68 after Cooley hit a turnaround jumper with just over two minutes left in regulation.

But after Chad Oviatt split a pair of free throws and a couple defensive stops, the Pronghorns got the ball back in the dying seconds hoping to tie, but improbably surged ahead on the rare four-point play by Warren.

The Cascades did a lot of good things defensively, holding the Pronghorns 16 below their season average in points, on just 36.5 per cent shooting from the field. But the 27 turnovers (vs. just 14 for the ‘Horns) was their undoing.

Funa finished with 19 points for Lethbridge, and Warren scored 13.

Sukhjot Bains and Parm Bains racked up 20 points apiece for the Cascades, and Jaskarn Bajwa (eight points) and Mihaila (seven) chipped in off the bench. Sukhjot Bains (16 rebounds) and Cooley (10) both snared double-digit rebounds.

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