The Yosemite High School girls basketball team opened the season in the 19-team Selma Lions Shootout last weekend, wining three games before falling to the host team 56-49 in the championship game.
The first game matchup featured the Badgers against the Fresno High Warriors. The Badgers had a tough time finding the basket and dug themselves in a hole early and spent the game on the low side of a tight score.
With under a minute to go Yosemite had to foul repeatedly to stop the Warriors from running out the clock and to put the a shooter on the free throw line. The strategy worked as the Badgers finally were able to get the ball with 12 seconds to go, down by three. A pass from junior Kaley Mumm found junior Rylie McConnell in the corner and the shot went in as the buzzer sounded to send the game into overtime.
The first overtime ended with the teams still tied. In the second overtime, junior Sierra Dominici went to the free throw line with just seconds left and the score still tied. Dominici missed the first free throw but hit the second and the Badgers defense held on for the 45-44 victory. Dominici led the way with 14 points while Mumm added 12 and the lone senior on the team, Dahlia Lopez, had eight points.
McConnell's only made basket of the game was the shot that sent the game into overtime.
The victory earned the Badgers a second game that evening with the opponent being Madera South. After a slow start, Yosemite pulled away for a 48-20 win with Dominici again being the leading scorer with 11 points. McConnell had eight points with sophomore Veronica Miller adding seven. Mumm hauled down 13 rebounds.
The next night Yosemite met up with the Sunnyside Wildcats in the tournament semi-finals. The Badgers missed a number of layups in the first quarter and continued their poor shooting through the game, making only seven of 33 two-point shots. Fortunately, they were able to also make seven 3-point shots and 11 of 16 from the free throw line while playing tough defense, beating Sunnyside 46-2.
McConnell was the leading scorer with 15 while Miller had a double/double with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Dominci had eight points.
After winning their first three games in the tournament, Yosemite advanced to the tournament championship game only to be greeted with the news that leading scorer Dominici would have to sit out the game due to a sore shoulder.
Sophomore Mattaya Brown got the call to start the game at point guard against the host team Selma Lions.
The Badgers were further hampered when early in the first quarter forward Mumm went down awkwardly on her knee and had to leave the game. Junior Jensen Eames entered the fray and netted a 3-pointer on her first shot.
The Badgers remained close until the fourth quarter when McConnell hit a 3-pointer, once again her only made basket of the game. However, this time the lead bounced back and forth until the Lions were able to pull away at the end, winning 56-49.
The Badgers leading scorer was center Lopez with 17 points while also grabbing 17 rebounds. Point guard Brown scored 10 points and had a good game running the offense.
Overall, the Badgers were victims of poor shooting, making only five of 34 3-pointers and just six of 26 free throw attempts.
Lopez and Miller were named to the all-tourney team.
This week, the team participates in the four-day Hoover Holiday Classic which has 18 teams including defending CIF Champions Hanford and Monache.
JV team goes 2-3
Last week the girls JV team played five games in five days, winning two and losing three.
After losing to Clovis High in the season opener, the team of mostly freshman, bounced back with a win over Reedley at the Clovis Tournament. The team was beat by Sanger in the second tournament game and again played Clovis, losing a close game 28-24.
In its final game of the tournament, the Badgers beat Central High 37-16.
Jessica Fine was named to the All Tournament Team. The team plays in the Madera High Tournament this week.