Rainier down Taft on senior night

Taft’s senior Autumn Ellis is honored before her game versus Rainier Tuesday, Feb.11. Ellis was one of many seniors from both teams that was given a special presentation. (Photo by Lon French)

LINCOLN CITY — Basketball is quickly coming to end in Lincoln County with the postseason right around the corner — but don’t let that fool you. There are still many teams left fighting for playoff spots and for pride.

The Taft Tigers on both the boys and girls sides are still fighting until the very last game. And against a stout Rainier team, the Tigers boys lost 67-50 and the girls 46-30.

The Tiger boys team squared off with an undefeated 3A-3 Coastal Range League team for the second time this season. Taft lost 67-43 back in late January.

Head Coach Andy Morgan has a young team with potential.

Of the 13 kids on the varsity team, nine are returning next year. The Tigers youth is a big part of their story, both beginning, middle and end.

The Tigers started off learning and gaining experience, before improving as the season went on. And the Tigers still have time to write a great ending to their season.

Taft has a Valentine's Day date with Clatskanie on the road. The Taft boys sit one spot below Clatskanie, giving them a great opportunity to leapfrog in the standings.

On the girls side, head coach Jake Tolan also has a youthful group on his hands. Only three seniors on the varsity team and while that seems like an uneven balance, the Tigers have improved from day one this season.

It’s not necessarily about the wins or the losses, it’s more about improving from game-to-game and they did.

Taft had a big three-point win over Warrenton in late January and a 17-point victory over Rainier, but they still have a chance to end the season on a high despite dropping the last four games.

Clatskanie come into today’s (Friday, Feb. 14) matchup with only a single loss in the league and a second-overall ranking.

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