Gauchos rangle their way back into conference title contention

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The Saddleback women’s basketball team was just two points away from scoring in triple digits last Wednesday when they beat the Riverside Tigers, 98-81, at Saddleback College.

With a conference title and a playoff birth on the line, Saddleback couldn’t lose to the Tigers again. By halftime, the Gauchos were sitting on a 53-35 lead.

But Riverside pulled to within three points with just 5:13 remaining in the game. With players in foul trouble, the Gauchos counted on their sophomores, Cassie Klockgether and Rekeisha Jones. Klockgether and Jones capped off a 10-2 run with key free throws to give the Gauchos an 85-74 lead.

Klockgether finished with 37 points, eight rebounds, and six assists to lead her team, which is still in contention for the Orange Empire Conference title behind Orange Coast College (25-3 9-1) with just five games to go. Klockgether also was 16-of-16 from the free throw line, a school record for number of free throws made in a game.

Saddleback also defeated the Santa Ana Dons last Friday, 75-67. Klockgether led the team in scoring again with 25 points. With the two victories, Saddleback is now 20-6 overall and 7-3 in conference play with four games remaining.

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