In their first home game of the season, the Yosemite Badgers Girls Basketball team upped their record to 4-1 with a 41-30 victory over the Buchanan Bears Dec. 20.
The Badgers went out to 8-0 lead with quick baskets by Kaley Mumm, Sierra Dominici, Mattaya Brown, and Jessica Fine but then scoring stalled and the visitors scored the next six points with the first quarter ending with the Badgers leading 8-6.
The teams flipped scoring totals of eight and six points in the second quarter resulting in a 14-14 tie at halftime.
Yosemite scored eight more points in the third quarter and held Buchanan to two points, taking a 24-16 lead going into the final quarter.
The Badgers running game thwarted any pressure applied by the Bears and Yosemite scored 19 points in the fourth quarter with Taylor Burral, Dominici and Brown scoring four each and Julia Walsh hitting a three-point shot at the expiration of a crucial 30-second possession.
Dominici finished as the leading scorer with 11 points.
The Yosemite team, ranked 9th overall in the Valley, plays in two tournaments over the Holidays the first in Garden Grove and the second in Henderson, Nev.
On Jan. 14, the Badgers host Clovis North, a team which won the recent Holiday tournament at Hoover and is ranked No. 4 in the Valley.
JV team gets third at Madera tourney
The YHS girls JV (6-2) team took third place in the Madera High Tournament last week.
"The team continues to grow and get better" said coach Patricia O'Neill.
The team opened the tournament against Golden Valley High School from Merced, winning the lop-sided affair 50-4.
Leading Badger scorers were Allie Stearns with 17 points and Carly Baldwin with 12 points.
Leading rebounder was Lynette Combs with 12.
In its second tournament game, Yosemite played Madera South, again winning 52-15. Stearns scored 13, Combs 11, and Baldwin 9.
In game three, the Badgers were defeated by Selma 28-17.
In the final game, the team played Central High School and came away with a thrilling 52-50 win and third place in the tourney.
Leading scorers were Combs with 18, and Natalie Chamberlain getting 15. Kristin Bonillas had eight rebounds.
"I could not have been more proud of my girls," said O'Neill. "They have been working hard and wanting to learn. We had a tough loss to Selma, but they bounced back to take third place."
Last Friday they JV team lost in overtime to Buchannan 58-51. Chamberlain had her best gamer of the young season, leading all scorers with 23 points.
"It was an outstanding game for Natalie (Chamberlain), but unfortunately as a team we could not pull out the win," said O'Neill.
The team travels to Selma for their final tournament of the season Dec. 26-28. They will open with San Joaquin Memorial at 4:30 p.m.