It was a long three hour drive to Tehachapi last Saturday on a charter bus for the four Yosemite High School basketball teams -- it was even a longer drive home as all four teams lost.
Against the Tehachapi Warriors (13-3), the Lady Badgers (7-8) fell behind early and then made a run in the second half to close to within two points, only to falter down the stretch, losing 47-36.
Guard Rylie McConnell regained her shooting touch and led scorers with 16 points while Kaley Mumm had eight points and eight rebounds.
The team was seven for 29 from 3-point range but only scored two points in the paint.
On Jan. 9 against Madera High, the team had difficulty getting perimeter scoring, making only one of 29 3-point shots in the 52-44 loss.
Against Madera,Veronica Miller had 11 points, Sierra Dominici had 10 and Dahlia Lopez added 9.
The boys varsity team (0-14) also fell behind Tehachapi (8-9) early but was never able to close the gap, losing 65-34.
Leading scorer for the Badgers was Luke Blate with 10 points.
The Badger girls JV team was defeated by Tehachapi, 28-13, and Yosemite's boys JV team was defeated 60-19.
The games were the last tune-up before North Sequoia League games that began this week. The boys teams traveled to Sierra on Tuesday and yesterday (Wednesday) the girls teams visited Sierra. Results of the Sierra games were not available at press time.
All four teams are home Friday against Liberty Hawks of Madera Ranchos, beginning with the girls JV at 3:30 p.m., boys JV at 5 p.m., girls varsity 6:30 p.m. and boys varsity at 8 p.m.
Liberty's boys team (9-6) is led by 6-foot-9 junior Stetson Woods. Woods averages 17 rebounds, 12 points and 8 blocked shots per game.
The team is comprised of two seniors, seven juniors, two sophomores and a freshman, Danny Cervantes, who is averaging six points per game.
The Hawks are currently ranked No. 6 in the Central Section Division IV by Max Preps.
The girls team (7-7) is led by sophomore Lilly Hernandez who averages 13 rebounds and 11 points per game.
The team is made up of four seniors, three juniors and four sophomores and like the Liberty boys team, the Lady Hawks are ranked No. 6 by Max Preps in Division IV of the Central Section.