YHS girls basketball finishes second straight season undefeated in NSL play, with some unexpected help from the snow

Yosemite High School’s girls basketball team capped off their second consecutive undefeated league season last week, but in the most unexpected of fashions.

Last Wednesday, the team was 9-0 with one league game left against Kerman High School.

Yosemite High girls basketball head coach Rick Slayton said the Kerman High School boys and girls basketball teams, as well as the girls soccer team, made the drive up to Oakhurst to play their games. But the teams were forced to go home early due to the hazardous driving conditions in the Oakhurst area caused by the snowstorm late Monday and early Tuesday.

“The Kerman bus driver decided to leave at halftime of the girls soccer game, so the basketball teams had to go as well, per the athletic director at Kerman High School,” Slayton said in a text message.

The soccer game began at 4 p.m. and the girl’s basketball game was scheduled to tip-off at 6:30 p.m.

Yosemite High School already had already clinched their third consecutive North Sequoia League title by Wednesday night’s game, and Kerman was three games ahead of third-place Washington Union, so the game would not have affected the standings.

Yosemite defeated Kerman 64-39 in their first matchup.

Yosemite now moves ahead to compete in the Div. II section playoffs seeded No. 2 and with a first-round bye. The Badgers will play the winner of Shafter High School and Monache High School on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Last season, the Badgers made it to the semi-finals before losing 46-61 to Mission Oak High School.

Mission Oak is back in the tournament this season, although seeded much lower at No. 11 compared to their No. 3 seed last season. The earliest the two teams could meet again would be the semi-finals.