Minarets girls out of basketball playoffs

The Mountain Area will have no basketball teams in this Friday’s Central Section Championship games, as the girls of Minarets High School were defeated by season-long foe Caruthers 45-24 in the semifinals Wednesday night.

The Mustangs (19-6), seeded No. 3 in D-V, wished to avenge two regular season losses to the No. 2 Blue Raiders (23-7), but were unable to contain the wide variety of Caruthers scorers, with its nine players splitting baskets.

For Minarets, junior center and power forward Kristy Berry led scoring with 10, senior Patricia Thomasian added eight, and Natalie Chamberlain, Madison Pearson, and Kelea Kamalani, all seniors, each scored two points.

Caruthers continued its strong performances against the Mustangs, following a 53-48 win Jan. 15, and a 63-32 victory Feb. 5.

The Blue Raiders move on to the championship game against No. 1 San Joaquin Memorial (18-7) at 2 p.m. Friday inside Fresno’s Selland Arena.

The Mustangs will return three of this season’s players to next year’s team, including Berry, Ellery Meade, and Sydney Johnson.

For a full story on the last game of the Minarets season, see next week’s edition of the Sierra Star and the Sierra Star website at a later date.

Staff report