Trailblazer girls basketball put down Hanford West

Sisters Torreya Cole and Raffinee Edwards coach against each other in a pre-league game where Golden West defeats Hanford West 54-45

VISALIA – There’s nothing quite like a sibling rivalry, and one played out on the basketball court last Friday as Golden West coach Torreya Cole and Hanford West coach Raffinee Edwards squared off. Although Hanford West had a remarkable 25-point comeback, Golden West took the win 54-45.

As sisters, coach Cole and Edward have coached together with Edward serving as Cole’s assistant coach for many years. Both coaches love basketball and enjoy teaching the game to young players while watching them improve. But now Edwards has branched out with the Hanford West Huskies, and had a major test against her sister.

Entering Wednesday, Dec. 17, both teams carried a three-win streak. The Blazers suffered an injury early on in the first quarter, as a team that did stop them from their goal. Entering the first quarter, they did not hesitate to score, ending with a 12-point lead of 21-8.

“We had goals honestly, we always set goals and our goals were definitely to put a little bit more on the board in the second half,” said Cole. “They were able to finish the game—all we need to do is finish it doesn’t about the score.”

In the first half Teyanna Burrell took the lead with 10 points, followed by Danae Banuelos with nine points. With over 10 years of coaching basketball at many different levels coach Cole was fascinated by the way her girls played this game. Six years coaching at a high school level she said this is by far her best team.

“I’ve been coaching for quite a long time. It’s the best performance I’ve ever seen, it’s the best team that I’ve ever had. They played very well,” said Coles.

Ending the first half 41-20 with a 21-point lead, and then adding nine and eight points on both sides of the board, the Blazers might have gotten a little too comfortable as Hanford West came back in the fourth quarter ready to win.

In the last quarter, the crowd was on their feet as the Huskies’ Amyia Inman received a technical foul against Banuelos. Huskies came into the fourth quarter with the dedication to try and win as they hit four -three-pointers, bringing their score up to 50-41.

A comeback may have been possible for the Huskies in the fourth quarter with only three minutes left. The Blazers slowed down their offense and tightened up their defense to avoid the Huskies scoring. Both teams scored four points as the game came down to an end with a Blazer win 54-45.

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