After last Friday's 52-34 loss to Sierra, it looks like the Yosemite girls varsity basketball team's goal of 12 straight league championships will elude them.
The defeat put the Chieftains up by two games with four games to go and both Yosemite and Sierra have beaten their other league opponents by double figures.
Against Sierra, the Yosemite girls could not overcome 1-17 three-point shooting and the 30 fouls which gave the Chieftains 43 free throw attempts. The Badgers shot 13 free throws in the game.
Junior Veronica Miller led Yosemite with 11 points and 10 rebounds, before fouling out where she joined season leading scorer Sierra Dominici on the bench who scored eight points before fouling out. Center Taylor Burrall added nine points and no other Badger had more than two points.
Senior Kaley Mumm was unable to play and is out for the season with a knee injury. Mumm had 15 points in her last game a week ago and the Badgers will miss her outside shooting. Senior Jensen Eames has returned from a foot injury sustained before the first game of the season.
Girls defeat Kerman 65-28
On Feb. 4, the girls had plenty of firepower to beat Kerman 65-28 led by Miller's 20 points and 17 rebounds. Senior Julia Walsh had her best outing of the season with 12 points with Dominici and Burrall scoring 11 and 10 respectively.
On Saturday, the Yosemite team was set to play Redwood in the Selma High School Shootout, a game which would have impacted the Division II rankings which presently put Redwood at No. 3 and Yosemite at No. 4. Earlier in the week, Redwood informed Selma they were withdrawing from the tournament with no explanation why. The game had been confirmed and was on Redwood's schedule.
The Badgers played Liberty Tuesday at home and host Washington Union Friday. The JV team plays at 3:30 p.m. and the varsity team plays at 6:30 p.m.. The boys JV team plays at 5 p.m. and the boys varsity plays at 8 p.m.
Alumni Notes: As noted in last week's Sierra Star, 2011 graduate Sydnee Fipps, recently eclipsed the 1,000 point milestone at UC Davis. Another Yosemite alum, Jenay Herring (class of 2010), a redshirt junior at Fresno Pacific University, also recently scored more than 1,000 points in her college career. Both players should rank on their schools list of top career scorers with each having one more season to play.
Herring's teammate Sienna Gonzales, another 2010 YHS graduate, had six points for the Sunbirds on 2-2 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc.
In a Reedley College defeat at the hands of COS, 2013 YHS basketball player Dahlia Lopez had 17 of her team's 40 points.