The Yosemite High girls basketball team (5-3) won two games and lost two games in the Hoover Holiday Classic Tournament last week.
The Badgers opened with a 59-30 victory over Central led by a 20 point game from sophomore forward Veronica Miller who also had 14 rebounds for a double/double effort.
Another sophomore, point guard Mattaya Brown also had a double-double as did junior guard Sierra Dominici. Yosemite's only senior, Dahlia Lopez, had seven points and eight rebounds.
The second round of the tournament found the Badgers facing an old rival, section top rated Hanford High School featuring a 6-foot-1 standout Bayli McCard who has committed to play for Gonzaga next year.
In the past eight years, the teams have met in four CIF finals, each winning two. Hanford was ranked 15th in the state coming into the season.
The Badgers held their own until Sierra Dominici was forced to leave the game with a shoulder injury. Ultimately, the Bullpups pressure defense got to the depleted Yosemite backcourt, defeating the Badgers 60-39 defeat.
Leading scorer for the Badgers was Rylie McConnell with 10 points. Lopez hauled down 10 rebounds.
The Badgers then faced the Monache High Marauders on Dec. 7, a team which defeated Yosemite in the 2010 D-2 CIF Finals.
Thoughts of pay-back might have played a part in the Badgers' landslide 55-34 victory playing without leading scorer and team leader Dominici.
Miller had another 20-point effort with McConnell adding 12 and Lopez getting seven points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Others scorers were sophomore Jessica Rudd and junior Karley Mumm, five each, junior Page Peterson, four and junior Jensen Eames and sophomore Mattaya Brown, two each.
Yosemite jumped out to a 23-14 half time lead and outscored Monache 20-6 in the third quarter before coasting through the fourth quarter for the win.
Leading scorer for Monache was Desirae Garay with 13.
In the fourth game of the tournament, Yosemite had a half time lead of 21-12 and still had the lead going into the fourth quarter against the Tulare Western but was unable to score down the stretch, losing 43-35. The Badgers could only manage 14 second half points against Tulare Western's 31.
McConnell made four 3-point shots for 12 points and Eames and Lopez each had seven each with Miller and Lopez getting 18 and 12 rebounds respectively.
Team hosts Buchanan tonight
The Yosemite girls basketball teams host Buchanan of Clovis tonight (Thursday). The varsity game at 7 p.m. following the 5:30 JV game.
Buchanan has played a rigorous schedule coming into the game. Interesting enough, Yosemite has yet to play a team this season without twice as many students as the Badgers have and have still managed a 5-3 record prior to a Tuesday night match with
Bullard, another highly ranked section team.
Boys lose three
The Badger boys team (0-5) lost three games at last week's Corcoran Tournament.
The defeats came at the hands of Kern Valley (50-43), Porterville (65-39) and Bakersfield Christian (50-45).
This weekend the team plays in the Orange Belt Classic Tournament in Lindsay.
Former boys and girls Yosemite players are invited to participate in a fundraising Alumni Games on Saturday, Dec. 22 at Harry Baker Gym. The girls game will be at 2:30 p.m. and the boys game at 4:30.
The cost to play is $10 per player. Players are asked to reserve their spot on Facebook Yosemite Badger Alumni Basketball page or by e-mail to email@example.com or telephone/text to Gary Blate, (559) 760-3641.
Former Badgers playing at college
Three former Yosemite Badgers girls basketball players are playing at the college level this season. Juniors Jenay Herring and Sienna Gonzales play for the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds (1-10), a team which has been elevated to NCAA Division II. Both are contributors with Herring getting some national recognition last season.
At Division I UC Davis (3-4), 2011 YHS graduate Sydnee Fipps is the Aggies leading scorer so far this season with multiple 20-plus point games and a 14 point effort against the No. 1 team in the country, Stanford, who beat the Aggies 87-38.