The Yosemite High girls basketball team reeled off two victories last week to remain in a first place tie with Chowchilla, both teams with 7-1 records in the North Sequoia League. Yosemite is attempting to share or win outright its 11th consecutive league title.
The two teams met at YHS last night. Results were not available at press time but can be seen at sierrastar.com.
In second round league action, Yosemite handled Liberty on Feb. 6, 46-20, with sophomore Veronica Miller leading the way with 11 points. The Hawks were held to single digit scoring in the first three quarters with the Badgers building a 27 point lead playing the entire roster. The Hawks managed just 10 points through the first three quarters.
Yosemite sophomore Mattaya Brown had eight steals to spark the defense.
Last Friday, the girls traveled to Washington Union with a similar result in holding the Panthers to single digits in each of the first three quarters but in this game the Badgers exploded for 21 points in the third period, going on to win by 30 points, 59-29.
Kaley Mumm came off the bench and scored 12 points as did starting center Dahlia Lopez. Miller had 18 rebounds.
Kerman here Friday
On Friday night, in the last league game of the season, Yosemite hosts the Kerman Lions at 6:30 p.m. It is also Dahlia Lopez night, the only senior on the team who will be honored during the tradition; Senior Night. The 6-foot-1 senior has 199 points and 164 rebounds going into Wednesday's game with Chowchilla. If the Lady Badgers win both games, the traditional net cutting will follow Friday's 8 p.m. boys varsity game with Kerman.
The CIF sectional playoffs for girls basketball will open on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 21 depending on how many teams are eligible to compete. Yosemite is placed in Division II of the Central Section and is the smallest public school in that Division with 770 students. Other schools in the division include Sunnyside with more than 3,000 students, Frontier of Bakersfield with 2,475, top ranked team Ridgeview has 2,200 students, Madera High has 2,125, third ranked Redwood High School has more than 2,000 students and Lemore has a student body of nearly 1,900.
Tulare Western, the next smallest public school in Division II, has 1,660 students, still more than twice as many as Yosemite. The only private school in the division is parochial powerhouse Garces of Bakersfield, a team currently ranked No. 2 going into the playoffs. The playoff brackets will be announced Sunday. Yosemite's seed along with who and when they play will be on sierrastar.com.