Badger basketball team searching for first win

Brian WilkinsonDecember 20, 2012 

The Yosemite High School basketball team (0-8) came up winless at the Orange Belt Classic Tournament in Strathmore last week but is showing signs of improvement under coach Steve Lopez.

The Badgers lost its Dec. 12 opening tournament game to Lindsey (7-2), 60-49.

The Badgers were behind 29-19 and 48-27 after the third quarter. Yosemite outscored Lindsey 22-12 in the fourth quarter but it was not enough to catch up.

High scorers for the Badgers were Ty Grant and Dillon Moran with eight points each. Game high scorer was Lindsey's Jacob Hernandez with 17.

Moran, the team's center, was forced to leave the game with a sprained ankle. He is expected to return to the line-up this week.

On Dec. 13,the Badgers lost to the Granite Hills Grizzlies of Porterville (5-0), 80-39.

In the third game of the tournament, Yosemite faced Caruthers Dec. 14, losing 44-37. Freshman Jayson Lee, brought up from the JV team. lead the Badgers with 11 points.

Other scorers were Matt Davenport, 9, Ben Williams and Bobby Magee, 6 each and 4 from Luke Blate and Ty Grant.

Came leading scorer was Caruthers' junior Kushbir Thind with 18.

The Badgers were behind after the first quarter 12-10 but managed just five points in the second quarter to fall behind at half 23-15.

In a game for fifth place, Caruthers (4-2) beat Laton (1-8) 72-39. Thind, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored 21 points and extended his streak of made free throws to 29.

The team plays at home at 7 p.m. Friday against Madera South High School (2-2). The JV team plays at 4 p.m., varsity 5:30 p.m.

North Sequoia League play opens Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Sierra. On Friday, Jan. 18 the Badgers host Liberty High.

Boys JV team

The JV team (3-5) played in the Sanger Tournament last week, losing to Reedley (37-29) and Mclane (46-40) and beating Mt. Whitney (38-31).

In the Mt. Whitney game, before being moved up to the varsity team, Jayson Lee had a double-double, scoring a game high 20 points along with 15 rebounds.

Nathan Gardner had 10 rebounds and seven points.

Losing two starters (Lee and Aaron Bausch) to the varsity team, the team was a little thin and lost three games last weekend at the Hanford JV Tournament.

The junior Badgers lost to Tulare (41-33), Hanford 56-38) and Hanford West (53-33).

Girls team drops two

The Yosemite High girls basketball team (5-5) lost two games last week, at Bullard (71-32) on Dec. 11 and at home against Buchanan (49-41) on Dec. 14.

Against Division I Bullard, the team fell behind in the first quarter 26-4 and the half time score was 43-14. Rylie McConnell was Yosemite's high scorer with eight points. The team shot 24% from the field.

Against Division I Buchanan (2,800 student body), the Badgers fell behind in the first quarter but came back to take the lead at half time and held a narrow lead going into the fourth quarter but could not maintain the lead. Buchanan made 16 free throws in the game to Yosemite's six.

Buchanan's Megan Lee was high scorer in the game with 27. For Yosemite, McConnell had 12 and Sierra Dominici had nine.

Buchanan coach Deron Caibahal was ejected from the game after receiving his second technical foul with about six minutes left in the game.

"Injuries and youth have played a part in our inability to hold onto leads," coach Gary Blate said after the game. "But I expect this team to come on strong as the season progresses."

JV team beat 25-18

Managing just five points in the first half, the Yosemite JV team (3-8) lost to Buchanan 25-18.

Ashlee Harrell had seven points for the Badgers and Jessica Fine scored four. Rounding out the scoring was Emma Reda with three and two each from Lynette Combs and Kristin Bonilla.

Orlando bound

Both the Badger boys and girls teams board planes for Orlando, Fla. the day after Christmas to play in a tournament at the ESPN Sports Complex located at Disney World.

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