The Spartans got off to a rocky start in the first week of league play, falling to the Sierra Pacific Golden Bears in a tight 37-35 battle. However, they managed to end the week in victory defeating the Corcoran Panthers 58-26.
In Tuesday’s league outing, the Sierra Pacific Golden Bears basketball squad edged out their host the Strathmore Spartans by a count of 37-35. The game started slow as the score stood at a mere 4-6 in the first with Sierra Pacific in the lead. The Spartans picked up the pace in the second as Strathmore junior Kathy Rodriguez rebounded a two pointer off of a Mariah Hernandez attempt. The Spartan attack was not enough to tame the Golden Bears as Sierra Pacific went on to the take the lead after their own Kylie Leasure sunk a basket from the three point line, leaving the score 18-16 at the end of the half.
The Spartans entered into the third with momentum taking the lead for the first time in the match 26-25. The Golden Bears quickly made up for lost ground in the fourth as they managed to put 12 points on the board narrowly defeating the Spartans 37-25.
After Tuesday’s match the Spartans held a 11-10 record and were looking to improve their league record. On Thursday, Jan. 21 the Spartans traveled to Corcoran for a East Sequoia match.
Strathmore opened the match strong as they managed to take the lead by an overwhelming 16 points. Once again the Spartans’ combination of Rodriguez and Hernandez secured 30 points for their team that contributed to the Spartan win.
Opposition continued to mount against Corcoran as the team could not seem to fend off the Spartans’ attacks. The Spartan momentum carried into the second as the team put another eight points on the board, extending their lead over the Panthers, 28-11.
The Panthers seemed to give up hope in the third only managing six points during the quarter, while the Spartans secured 13 points bringing the score 41-17. The Spartans refused to let up in the fourth as they crushed the Panthers 58-26. With their league record standing at 2-1, the Spartans have a difficult road ahead if they intend on making the playoffs once again.
Up next, the Strathmore Spartans will travel to Porterville, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to face off against the Granite Hill Grizzlies who are currently 2-10 in the season.
In addition to their match against the Grizzlies, the Spartans will host their rival team the Lindsay Cardinals on Friday, Jan. 29. The Cardinals (6-11) share a similar league record to the Spartans and will look to improve their overall record.
The two teams have faced off more than once this season and it has proven to be a well fought rivalry.