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Yosemite High girls basketball stretches winning streak at Clovis Showcase

The Yosemite High girls basketball team will enter the CIF Northern California D-III playoffs with a game in Sacramento on Wednesday.
The Yosemite High girls basketball team will enter the CIF Northern California D-III playoffs with a game in Sacramento on Wednesday. Sierra Star Archive

Yosemite High School’s varsity girls basketball team extended its winning streak to seven games after a stellar performance at the Clovis Basketball Showcase last week.

The Badgers were coming off three consecutive wins and a tournament championship at Piedmont High School heading into the tournament. They posted four blowout wins in four days in Clovis.

Yosemite opened the showcase with a matchup against Paso Robles High School on Dec. 12. The Bearcats were 6-3 entering the game.

Yosemite jumped out to a 14-8 first quarter lead, only to have the Bearcats cut the margin to two by halftime.

Paso Robles did not keep the game close for long. The Badgers offense outscored Paso Robles 43-13 in the second half for a 68-36 victory.

Four Yosemite players scored in double figures, with Lilly Graffigna leading the way with 18 points. Grace Fries, Jenna Kurz and Hailey Rich added 13, 11 and 10, respectively.

Rich added 14 rebounds and was 6-8 from the free throw line. Linnea Leinau had 6 assists and 6 steals to go with her 6 points.

The next day the Badgers squared off against Liberty High School of Bakersfield.

The Patriots (4-6) were unable to slow down the Yosemite offensive onslaught. The Badgers jumped out to a 17-8 first quarter lead on the way to a 56-34 victory.

Much like in their first game, the Badgers’ scoring distribution was balanced, with four Badgers in double figures: Fries (13), Rich (12), Graffigna (10) and McGoldrick (10).

McGoldrick was also effective on the boards, finishing the game with 17 rebounds.

Sanger High School (4-8) was next in line to try and stop Yosemite’s winning ways, but did not fare much better than the Badgers’ first two opponents.

The Badgers were ahead 33-15 by halftime and won by a final score of 66-33. Fries led the way in scoring with 25 points, with Kurz and Rich adding 12 points each.

Rich had an efficient shooting performance, going 5-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.

The final game at the showcase was against Clovis East (4-8) with a similar result as a 28-13 Badger’s halftime lead extended to a 62-35 win over the Wolfpack.

This time junior 6-foot-1 center Courtney Hart led scorers with 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while McGoldrick had 11 points and 8 rebounds.

What’s next

This week the Girls travel to Belmont for the Steve Geramoni Invitational. They will face Woodside Priory High School in their first game on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

The Badgers will play games on Friday and Saturday. The tipoff times and opponents for those games depend on the results of the first round of games.

After Christmas, the Badgers travel to Anaheim to play in the Gold Division of the Savanna/Buena Park Christmas Classic 40-team tournament.

The Badgers open up against Oxford Academy on Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a game against Santa Margarita High School on Dec 27 at 3 p.m. Both games will take place at the Oxford Academy.

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