Yosemite High girls basketball brings home second consecutive NSL championship

Yosemite High School’s girls basketball team are champions of the North Sequoia League once again.

The Badgers clinched the championship with their two victories last week against Washington Union on Jan. 30 and Chowchilla on Friday. The team is 9-0 in league competition and 24-4 overall, with one game left to play.

This is the team’s second consecutive championship and coach Gary Blate’s 14th in his 17 seasons as coach.

The Badgers have had a strong offensive season, averaging 58.4 points a game, but relied heavily on their defense in their game at Washington Union. The Badgers beat the Panthers 49-39, holding the home team to 27 percent shooting and below 10 points in every quarter but one.

Yosemite did not fare too well offensively either, scoring well below their season average and giving the ball up 10 times.

Junior center Courtney Hart had a strong game, leading the Badgers in scoring with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting and making her presence felt on the boards with 7 rebounds.

But the Badgers returned to form against Chowchilla.

Yosemite beat up on Chowchilla 70-34, pulling away early with an 18 point second quarter that gave them a 13-point halftime lead.

Senior Grace Fries led all scorers with 17 points, 15 of which came on three-pointers. Fries leads the section in made three-pointers with 69, 13 ahead of second place Kailyn Castle of Monache High School in Porterville.

With one game left to play and Yosemite two games ahead of second place Kerman, Yosemite locked down the league championship.

The Badgers still have one game left to play, at home against Kerman on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

The first time these two teams met, Yosemite defeated the Lions 64-39.