The “Road Warriors,” also known as the Yosemite High Badgers girls varsity basketball team, completed their third long distance trip of the season after participating in the Green Valley New Years Tournament in Henderson, Nev. last week.
The team stayed in the Luxor hotel on the the Las Vegas strip, and played four games against quality competition.
Game one was against a defending Alaska state champion team from Dimond High School. Turnovers in the first and third quarters proved to be the Badgers downfall as they outscored their opponents in the other quarters. Although senior Allie Stearns had a career high 28 points in the game, Yosemite fell 68-47. Dimond High went on to win the Silver bracket of the tournament.
The second game was against a defending Nevada Section champion, Spring Valley High, and the Badgers did not fare any better, losing 64-35, with no player scoring in double figures. Spring Valley went on to win the Gold bracket of the 20-team tournament.
The third game was against a team from New Zealand called Mainland. The Badgers could not overcome 44 turnovers and poor shooting. including 1-8 from the three point arch, and just 1-9 from the free throw line, losing 50-24. Stearns had 13 points but no teammate had more than four points.
The final game was against Spanish Springs, one of the largest high schools in Northern Nevada with about 2,300 students.
The Badgers cut down on their turnovers and were able to lead the entire game winning 48-43. Stearns had 17 points with 10 rebounds to give her the Badgers’ first double/double of the season. She finished with 66 points in the four games of the tournament.
This week Yosemite plays in the Buchanan tournament opening on Wednesday against the Clovis Cougars, a team they lost to in the first game of the season by 40 points with a limited roster.
The Badgers first home game will be on Friday, Jan. 15, against league rival Sierra with the girls varsity game at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys varsity game. Prior to those two games, the Yosemite and Sierra JV boys and girls teams will square-off.
Yosemite High Correspondent