Last weekend, The Yosemite Badgers girls varsity basketball team traveled to Sacramento to participate in the Bill Cartwright Classic at Elk Grove High School. The team stayed two nights in Old Town and toured the State Capital in addition to playing three games in the tournament .
The first game was against Pleasant Grove, a solid D-1 team in the San Joaquin Section. The Badgers played unevenly in the first half missing layups and free throws and found themselves down at halftime 28-14. The Badgers outscored their opponent 13-5 in the third third quarter but were unable to overcome the many fouls and turnovers committed in the first half, losing to Pleasant Grove 47-37.
Seniors Veronica Miller and Taylor Burrall had 11 and 10 points respectively to lead the Badgers.
The next game found Yosemite very competitive against Hercules, down just one point, 19-18, at half.
Turnovers, missed free throws, and a technical foul on a Badger player all combined to keep the team from overcoming Hercules, ultimately losing 40-35 to the team that is has started its season 4-1. This game Burrall had 11 and Miller 10.
In the third game of the tournament against Laguna Creek, the Badgers were determined not to come home without a victory. The score was tied after the first quarter but Yosemite dominated thereafter, holding the Cardinals to single digit scoring each quarter while the Badgers scored 12, 16, and 14 points in the last three periods for a convincing 48-29 win.
The 6-foot-3 Burrall, playing just her second season of basketball, started slow with just two free throws in the first half, but scored seven buckets in the second half to finish with 16 points and All Tourney honors.
The Badgers are playing in the Hoover High School Tournament in Fresno this week, and both the varsity and JV teams will play Fresno’s Buchanan High at 5 and 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, before packing up and hitting the road for a large tournament in San Diego, Dec. 26 - 30.
The Yosemite Alumni games will be at the Yosemite gym on Sunday, Dec. 21 with the girls game at 5 p.m., followed by the boys game.
- Yosemite High correspondent