The Yosemite Badgers Girls Basketball team (10-14, 3-2 North Sequoia League) won two league home games last week in similar fashion - starting slow offensively and relying on defense in the second half to extend a lead.
On Jan. 26, the Badgers hosted Chowchilla (9-11, 1-3 NSL) and found themselves tied at 10-10 at the end of the first quarter, and ahead 23-18 at halftime with Allie Stearns scoring 11 of the Yosemite points.
In the second half the Redskins had difficulty getting to the basket while the Badgers’ offense continued to score to gain a 52-33 victory.
Stearns ended up with 15 points and the other lefty senior guard Ashlee Harrell had 12.
Five different Badgers, including Stearns and Harrell, hit 3-point shots, including the team’s third senior perimeter player, Jessica Fine, along with two freshman players, Lilly Graffigna and Grace Fries.
Senior forward Lynette Combs led all players with 13 rebounds.
After slow start Badgers beat Kerman 43-29
On Friday, Kerman (8-12, 2-3 NSL) arrived at Yosemite with both teams sporting 2-2 league records.
The Lions jumped out to an 11-4 first quarter lead and were up 18-16 at half-time as the Badgers could not find the basket and were just 1-9 from the free throw line.
In the third quarter, once again, the defense got the Badgers back in the game and the lead with the final score 43-29.
Harrell had a career high 20 points and several key second-half steals to lead the Badgers. Sophomore Sienna Oswald and Freshman Hailey Rich each had nine rebounds with Combs grabbing eight.
The JV team also beat both Chowchilla and Kerman last week. Against the Redskins, Linnea Leinau led the way with 18 points and Kelsey Montalto added 10 points and 12 rebounds in a 40-23 victory.
The JV team beat Kerman 41-31 behind the 15 points scored by Trinity Curtis with Montalto contributing eight points and 12 rebounds.
On Tuesday the Yosemite girls traveled to Sierra (12-6, 4-0 NSL) hoping to avenge a 37-25 defeat earlier in the season. Scores not available at press time.
Team home Friday
Friday the Badgers play at home against Liberty-Madera Ranchos (1-13, 0-5 NSL) with the varsity game time changed to 5:30 p.m., with the boys varsity to follow. No girls JV game Friday.
The Lady Badgers beat the Hawks in round one of league play, 58-28.
On Feb. 9, the last home game of the season should be a good one against the Washington Union Panthers of Easton (15-9, 4-1 NSL) which beat Yosemite 37-27 in the first round of league play.
Game time for varsity is 7 p.m. with the JV team playing at 5:30.