SHAFTER, Calif. - "Most of those girls, I had actually coached at one time or another," coach Shawn Pennel told 23ABC about the Frontier squad his Generals faced on Wednesday night, "so I know for them it was definitely an incentive to try to beat their old coach."
Frontier wanted to beat their old coach and advance in the playoffs - but Shafter girl's basketball would not let that happen.
It might have gone the other way too if it wasn't for Brittany Fowler.
Fowler lead all scorers with 21 points - stepping up for the second week in a row in the face of team injuries and illness.
"Of course everybody's going for the same goal," Fowler explained, "we all want that title at the end of the season."
"The last two games she's actually scored 51 points," Pennel said of his senior standout, "so she's picked up some of the slack that we've been missing."
The road to a valley title runs through the mountains of Tehachapi, a road the Generals have had some trouble navigating in the past.
If they are able to advance to the semifinals - the generals know the city of Shafter will be behind them.