This couldn't have been about seeding.
This couldn't have been about home-court advantage.
This couldn't have been about Hanford High stars Brooke Johnson and Bayli McClard getting into early foul trouble.
Couldn't have been, right? Not when a Clovis West masterpiece was painted in Picasso-like brilliance on the scoreboard Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Central Section Division I playoffs.
Final: 57-39. And it wasn't that close as the second-seeded Golden Eagles (22-5) mounted a 31-point lead over the two-year reigning champion en route to a mashing heard 'round Fresno County, the San Joaquin Valley, the state.
"The energy was awesome," Clovis West senior point guard Sydne Gutierrez said after playing before a crowd of 2,300. "We've never had an atmosphere like this, especially for girls basketball."
With that momentum, the Eagles will march into Selland Arena on Saturday to play top-seeded Stockdale (24-4) for the D-I title at 6 p.m. The teams played for the crown four straight years, from 2007-10, with the Eagles winning three. Clovis West has won 11 overall.
The interest spike in the Eagles' game with the state's 19th-ranked Hanford (23-5) occurred in part because of a controversial seeding by a section committee that slapped the Bullpups with a No. 3. Even Eagles coach Craig Campbell said before the game, had it been his choice, the Bullpups would have been the top seed -- resulting in a home semifinal for them.
He did allow his opinion was influenced by history and, for Hanford, it's been extraordinary -- five consecutive section titles in three divisions and a 114-1 record against section competition in six seasons entering Tuesday night under coach Tom Parrish.
He is 197-47 in eight years, but he said afterward Tuesday he'll "probably not" return to chase No. 200: "I'll make that decision in a month or two."
Parrish did say he would "hate to go out" with a beating keyed by a Clovis West defense led by Gutierrez and Taylor Knebel (against Johnson) and Portia Neale and Aysha Kirkland (against McClard). Kirkland, a freshman, had eight steals.
"Our kids executed the defensive game plan almost perfectly," Campbell said.
Gonzaga-bound McClard and Johnson, coming off 39- and 20-point performances in an 83-74 overtime win over Bullard, were held to nine and 11. Each had three fouls early in the second quarter.
The Eagles, Tri-River Athletic Conference champions who have won 10 straight, received 16 points from Neale, 13 from Emily Anderson and 10 from Knebel.
"I don't know if I've had a team that has put in as much work, collectively, as this one," said Campbell, in his eighth season with the program.
CENTRAL SECTION GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Division I: No. 1 Stockdale vs. No. 2 Clovis West, 6 p.m. Saturday
Division II: No. 1 Ridgeview vs. No. 2 Garces, 6 p.m. Friday
Division III: No. 1 Selma vs. No. 2 Hanford West, 2 p.m. Saturday
Division IV: No. 1 Lindsay vs. No. 2 Mendota, 10 a.m. Saturday
Division V: No. 1 Immanuel vs. No. 2 Kings Christian, 2 p.m. Friday
Of note: The 10 boys semifinals will tip off at 7 p.m. Wednesday across the Valley.
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