Badgers and Mustangs out of boys basketball playoffs

Both the Yosemite High School Badgers and Minarets Mustangs went home with their seasons over Tuesday night, as they each fell to first-round opponents in their respective divisions of the Central Section playoffs.

For Yosemite, seeded No. 10 in the D-IV division, the 58-36 loss came at the hands of the No. 7 Coalinga Horned Toads, a team that led 36-13 at halftime.

Tristan Eames contributed 12 points for the Badgers, star senior center Kade Cross 11, and Peter McLean scored nine. Eames and McLean, both juniors, will return next year.

Cross joined the elusive 1,000 Point Club earlier this year, during one of the most successful seasons in recent history for the boys team.

The Badgers end their season with a 19-10 overall record, while Coalinga improved to 22-6 and will face No. 15 Orosi, which defeated No. 2 Granite Hills 79-69.

Fates were similar for the Minarets Mustangs, seeded No. 9 in D-V for a 70-47 road loss against No. 8 Sierra High.

In that game, Sierra led 36-28 at halftime, but the Chieftains offense overwhelmed the Mustang defense in the following two periods, going up 62-40 into the fourth on a 14-point deficit.

Star forward and senior student Mason Ellis scored 18 points for Minarets, while Kaleb Fausone added 16 and Caanin Fausone eight.

With the win, Sierra, 7-18 on the year, moves on to face the Kern Valley Broncs, the top seed in D-V with an 18-2 record.

Minarets finishes the season 9-15.

Girls playoffs tonight

While the year may be over for the boys teams, the Lady Badgers and girls Mustangs teams are set to face off inside their home gyms against opponents in D-II and D-V at 7 p.m. tonight.

Yosemite, seeded No. 8 in D-II, will welcome the No. 9 Selma Bears. The Badgers, with a 15-14 season record, looks to continue a seven-game winning streak against the Bears, which also finished 15-14 before playoffs, but on two straight losses.

The Bears average 51 points per game, but allow 53. The Badgers, a more defensive-minded time, average slightly under 40 points a game scoring, but allow only 41.

A clash between the higher-powered offense of Selma and the stalwart Yosemite defense is sure to excite all in the Badger home gym.

The Minarets girls team, seeded No. 3, will host the similarly-named Laton Mustangs, seeded at No. 14 with a 10-14 record. The Minarets Mustangs instead hold a 17-5 record.

Scoring is completely one-sided in this matchup, as Laton averages 31 points a game, 39 allowed, compared to 48 scored points per game for Minarets, which allows 35.

It will be Mustang against Mustang as Minarets attempts to demonstrate their overmatched talent and ride on to the quarterfinals.

Should both Yosemite or Minarets advance, they would face No. 1 D-II seed Redwood (22-4), or the winner of the contest between No. 6 Fowler (15-11) and No. 11 Farmersville (6-16) in D-V.

The Central Section Championship games will be held March 4 and 5 at Selland Arena. For tickets, call (559) 445-8200.