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Yosemite High girls basketball blows out rival Sierra to kick off NSL play

The Yosemite High School varsity girls basketball team with their Savanna/Buena Park Tournament trophy. The tournament was played on Dec. 26 through 29.
The Yosemite High School varsity girls basketball team with their Savanna/Buena Park Tournament trophy. The tournament was played on Dec. 26 through 29. Courtesy of Gary Blate

The Yosemite Girl Basketball team opened up the defense of their North Sequoia League crown on Friday with a 64-45 road victory against rival Sierra High School.

Returning NSL player of the year Grace Fries was a dominant force on the offensive end, scoring 27 points on 9-of-22 shooting.

Her performance made for her second-highest scoring game this season, second only to the 28 points she scored in a 53-66 loss to Saint Francis High School on Nov. 28.

Senior Lilly Graffigna contributed a double-double to the win, finishing with 12 points and 11 assists.

The game was tied 9-9 after the first quarter, but Fries scored 10 of her 27 points in the second quarter to give the Badgers a 25-16 lead going into halftime.

The second half proved to be more of the same for the Badgers en route to their victory.

With the win against Sierra, the Badgers’ winning streak is now at seven.

The girls, now 16-4, have home games this week with Liberty visiting on Wednesday. Varsity is scheduled to tip-off at 6:30 p.m. after a 5:00 p.m. junior varsity game.

On Friday, Washington Union comes to the YHS gym, with JV at 4:45 and Varsity at 7:30.

Five NSL teams have started the season with winning records: Chowchilla (14-3), Kerman (12-4), Washington Union (9-6) and Sierra (9-8).

Threats to Yosemite High’s quest for back-to-back league titles include Chowchilla, which won the CIF D-5 crown last season and Kerman, which returns Breanna Hurt, a 5-foot-11 guard that led the team in scoring last season (21.7 points per game).

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