`The Yosemite High girls basketball team's record is now 8-5 after splitting four games in each of the two holiday break tournaments they participated in.
The team has been playing without the services of both returning senior power forwards, Kaley Mumm and Jensen Eames, due to ankle injuries. Mumm only recently returned on a limited basis and the status of Eames is still in the air. The size and experience of the two players were missed in the most recent tournament in Henderson, Nev., as the Badgers were edged by Westchester High, 51-50.
The game against Westchester was the third one-point loss with one of those loses coming in overtime.
In the Westchester game, junior forward Veronica Miller had 26 points and 13 rebounds while junior center Taylor Burrall contributed eight points and eight rebounds.
Uncharacteristic of the Badgers, the team was 0-18 shooting from 3-point range and had 27 turnovers in the game.
Dominici scores 26
Yosemite competed in a four team pool with its second game against Western High of Las Vegas which had defeated Westchester earlier in the day by five points.
The Badger shooters entered the game with a new determination, with senior guard Sierra Dominici hitting six of seven 3-point shots and finishing the game with with 26 points. Dominici was supported by Miller's 17 points as Yosemite went up 38-9 at halftime and finished the game with a 62-36 victory.
Miller has double-double
In the third pool game Yosemite easily handled Las Vegas Spring Valley High 50-27 with Dominici and Miller scoring 16 and 14 points respectively. Miller had 10 rebounds in the game. With the win, Yosemite went to 2-1 in the tourney and advanced to the Gold bracket based on point differential.
The Badgers were matched up against Rancho High, a strong and experienced team which played a methodical game unencumbered by the fact that Nevada prep basketball does not use a shot clock.
The Badgers fell behind 16-10 at halftime and had difficulty adjusting to the slow pace of the game and was down seven points going into the fourth quarter.
With the Yosemite defense shutting out the Rancho offense, Julia Walsh hit a free throw and Dominici scored seven straight points to put the Badgers on top 24-23. However, a Badger turnover and a 3-point shot by Rancho forced Yosemite to foul a few times to stop the clock down the stretch. Rancho players hit their freethrows and eventually beat Yosemite 31-24, and went on to win the 20 team tournament.
Dominici finished with 12 points and Walsh had a season high eight points.
In addition to the eight games in the 10 day trip, the girls basketball players enjoyed Southern California and Las Vegas attractions including Knott's Berry Farm, Medieval Times, Downtown Disney, an Anaheim Mighty Ducks professional hockey game, the Getty Art Museum, roller coasters and the Cirque du Soliel Beatles Love show.
The Badgers should have Mumm back by the 6 p.m., Clovis North game on Tuesday, Jan 14, at home. The Broncos were rated in the Fresno Bee Top 10 after winning the Hoover Holiday Tournament and sport an 8-3 record.
Yosemite opens league on Friday, Jan. 17, at home against league rival Sierra.
Boys lose to Madera South 70-23
The Yosemite High boys varsity team (0-9) is still looking for its first win of the season as the Badgers enter the Jesse Lujhan Tournament in Selma this week.
The team lost to Madera South (4-5) Jan. 6, 70-23. The Badgers could not rebound after falling behind 22-2 in the first quarter. The score was 36-13 Madera South at half.
The game's leading scorer was Madera South's senior Ruben Rodriguez with 20. Teammate's Quinn Shippey and Josh Johnson had 12 and 10 points, respectively, and Johnson had seven boards.
Yosemite's sophomore Kade Cross had 11 points and senior center Jared Wood scored 10.
The team hosts Fresno High at 6 p.m., Jan. 15, and Sierra visits Yosemite for the North Sequoia League opener Jan. 17.