Linfield Christian fought off a fierce fourth period rally staged by a determined Temecula Prep team that refused to lay down and go away quietly. The Patriots scored 17 points in the final period of their 2017 season and went out with their heads held high.
“I never measured our success on wins and losses” said Temecula Prep Head Coach Solomon Petchers. “I measure success on effort given. Last night, our ladies gave their all. We’ve been through so much this year. To start the season 1-8 and then go 11-4 down the stretch speaks volumes on how our program grew this season”.
The Patriots did improve a lot this season. The last time they played Linfield Christian in early December, Temecula lost 54-14. The Patriots offense never got ignited until the final period last night. The Lions took an early 15-9 lead in the first period and increased it to 29-17 at the half.
“Last night was a huge step for our program’ said Lions Coach Derrick O’Neil. “We were so focused last night, I have not seen my team that dialed in since our first time playing Aquinas. The amount of bodies that hit the floor last night was that of a team that refused to lose”.
Linfield Christian dominated the third period 13-4before the slumbering Patriots awoke. Temecula Prep’s Camila Cabrera scored 9 points as the Patriots scored 17 in the frame. The Lion’s Sydney Moran answered with 14 points of her own to help preserve the victory. Moran ended the game with 28 points.
Senior Kolbi Womack scored 20 points for the Lions and received a lot of praise from Assistant Coach Harmoney Pyper. “Kolbi played like she did not want tonight to be her last game”. Nayana Jenkins and Audree Cook both scored 3 points for the Lions while Ally Lawler and Devyn Cope each scored 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the Lions. Mikenzie Goldman also dropped one in from the charity stripe.
Addyson Mansperger led Temecula Prep with 13 points. Amy Michalak was next with 12 points, and Camila Cabrera added 11 more. Mikayla Winkowski scored 2 points for the Patriots.
“It was a team effort …I think the energy beginning in warm-ups was just amazing” said Caoch O’Neil. “There’s no telling how far we can go in this run. Our goal is still to get better everyday. After every workout, practice or game, we must feel like we got better… and tonight that’s what we did. Winning isn’t everything; but the effort to win is… that’s what it’s about.”
Linfield Christian will be home to face Providence High who will be coming down all the way from Santa Barbara on Saturday. The Patriots beat Mammoth 37-33 in their Division 6 opener.
Photos by Scott Padgett