Girls back on track with win over Liberty

— Yosemite High correspondent

January 28, 2014 

The Yosemite varsity girls basketball team evened its league record to 1-1 by defeating Liberty High 48-31 Jan. 24 at Madera Ranchos.

At the end of the first quarter the Badgers found themselves behind 12-5 after starting off slowly for the second league game in a row. A week prior the Badgers had fallen behind Sierra 17-2 after the first quarter. They made a run at Sierra, but could never catch up, losing 56-50.

Against Liberty, the Yosemite girls were able to assert themselves in the second quarter, holding the Hawks to just two points and taking a 17-14 halftime lead. The Badgers controlled the second half and won going away 48-31.

Poor shooting continued to plague the Yosemite team which hit only 3 of 30 from beyond the three-point arc.

Sierra Dominici was was able to overcome her outside shooting woes by attacking the basket and led the team with 16 points. Veronica Miller added 15 points and center Taylor Burrall contributed 19 rebounds on the night.

The girls play at home on Friday against Chowchilla with the varsity game at 6:30 p.m. and the JV game at 3:30 p.m. The boys JV team plays at 5 p.m. and the boys varsity game is at 8 p.m.

JV team

With a 10-4 record, 1-1 in league, the Yosemite girls team has been turning heads this year. After the New Year, the team played Clovis North High School, running away with a 51-25 win.

"It was a great opener to the 2014 season," said coach Patricia O'Neill. "The girls played hard and played as a team."

The team opened North Sequoia League play Jan. 17 against Sierra. After being down by 15 points, the Badgers made a strong comeback came back, only to lose by one point, 37-36.

"Our captains, Emma Reda, Lynette Combs, Allie Stearns, and Tracy Robesky kept the team together and focused and they came back to win at Liberty, 35-21," O'Neill said. "These girls are playing hard and changing things for the program. I am so excited for the rest of the season to see how we do."

The team plays Chowchilla at home Friday at 3:30 p.m.

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