The Yosemite girls basketball team (16-9, 7-3) received the No. 5 seed in the Central Section D-II playoffs and will be playing a 7 p.m. road game Friday against No. 4 seed, the Ridgeview Wolfpack (17-9, 8-0) in Bakersfield.
The Badgers are ranked No. 27 in the Central Section and No. 8 for D-II by Maxpreps. The Wolfpack are ranked No. 19 in the section and No. 4 in the D-II rankings.
The winner of the game will be facing the winner of the No. 1 seed Garces (Bakersfield) who will play the winner of No. 8 Independence (Bakersfield) and No. 9 Sunnyside (Fresno) game. Garces has a bye in round one. Barring two Sunnyside upsets, if the Badgers can win on Friday, they would get to go to Bakersfield again on Wednesday, March 5, with the winner of that game advancing to the Selland Arena D-II finals on Friday, March 7.
Ridgeview has won a CIF Central Section D-II Championship for the past two years with their best player, 6-foot-3 Erica McCall, who moved on this year to play at Stanford.
Ridgeview's senior point guard is 5-foot-10 Candace Wilkerson who had 15 points against Yosemite when she played for Garces three years ago as a freshman. In that game, Yosemite went to No. 1 Garces as the No. 4 seed and pulled off a 60-58 upset.
This year, Ridgeview was the undefeated South Yosemite League champ and has a 17-9 record overall including an early season loss to Clovis North, a team Yosemite beat in January. Ridgeview has almost 2,200 students, almost three times the enrollment of Yosemite High School and has a team with size and experience.
Kerman wins 56-53
The Badgers did themselves no favor in the last league game of the season last Friday at Kerman. In a game that had impact on the standings, the Badgers were upset by Kerman 56-53. Once again, the Badgers committed too many fouls with Kerman shooting 15 free throws in the second half to the Badgers two.
The two leading scorers for the Badgers this season, senior Sierra Dominici and junior Veronica Miller each had 14 points and senior guard Julia Walsh added 10 points before fouling out.
Earlier in the week the Badgers were able to outlast Chowchilla 42-30 with Dominici scoring 13 points and junior center Taylor Burrall getting 11 points.
The Yosemite girls team has had a trying season, losing many close games and having two key third year power players in Seniors Kaley Mumm and Jensen Eames out due to injuries.
Mumm was one of the team's best shooters and scored 15 points in her last game this year before being declared out for the season. Eames would have played big minutes at the forward and center positions.
The team's 11-year North Sequoia League championship streak came to an end Feb. 7 when the team lost to Sierra 52-34.