Yosemite beats Union and Chowchilla by combined score of 111-54

The Yosemite girls varsity basketball team won two North Sequoia League games last week to bring them one game away from their 12th league crown in the past 13 seasons. The Badgers will probably share the title with Sierra if both teams win their Wednesday night games as expected. Yosemite hosted Kerman and Sierra played Chowchilla

The Lady Badgers beat Kerman 52-22 in the first round of league play, while Sierra played Chowchilla, a game won by the Chieftains by a similar score.

CIF Central Section playoff brackets will come out Saturday with Sierra expected to be placed as the No. 2 or No. 3 seed with Independence High (Bakersfield) and Redwood High (Visalia) in the other top three spots. Madera High and that had victories over Redwood. The higher seeds get home-court advantage.

Yosemite 52 - Union 34

On Feb. 11, the Badgers traveled to Washington Union (5-2) which was only one game behind Yosemite and Sierra (6-1) in the League standings. Yosemite quickly demonstrated why its team and Sierra play at a completely different level than the other teams in the NSL (Union, Kerman, Chowchilla). The Badgers opened up an 18-6 lead after the first quarter.

The Panthers closed the half with a scoring flurry and were only behind 26-21 at the end of the first half, but any hopes by Union of an upset of Yosemite were dashed in the second half as the Badgers defense stiffened, and pulled away from the Panthers for a 52-34 victory.

Yosemite’s Mattaya Brown led all scorers with 15 points while forwards Veronica Miller and Ashlee Harrell each had 10 with Miller getting a double/double by pulling down 15 rebounds.

Taylor Burrall had 6 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 blocked shots.

Yosemite 59 - Chowchilla 20

Last Friday’s home game against Chowchilla was Seniors Night and Coach Gary Blate started five Seniors – Emma Reda, Kristin Bonillas, Jessica Rudd, Miller, and Brown - with the sixth senior, Burrall coming off the bench. The six seniors split time with the team’s five juniors, Allie Stearns, Lynette Combs, Ashlee Harrell, Jessica Fine, and Tracy Robesky playing as group.

The platoon system worked as the Badgers dominated the game outscoring the Redskins in every quarter (16-3, 16-7, 12-6, 15-4) for the 59-20 win.

Burrall has 159 blocked shots - No. 12 in the nation

Burrall led all scorers with 14 points with Miller and Stearns each adding10 points. Burrall also had 9 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. Harrell lead the team in rebounds, grabbing 13.

Miller got her second double/double of the week by grabbing 11 rebounds. She leads the league in number of rebounds with 238 on the season, moving her to No. 2 all-time on the Badgers career rebounds list with 831 ahead of Katie Menton (754), a four year player at Pepperdine University, and behind Sydnee Fipps (1,046) who is nearing the end of her outstanding UC Davis career.

Burrall’s season total of 159 blocked shots ranks her No. 2 in the state and No. 12 in the nation.

- Yosemite High correspondent