SELMA -- Kim Alfors, Juliana Jarquin and Erin Pallesi repeatedly found their way to the free-throw line Tuesday.
And their combined 22-of-24 performance helped pave a path to Selland Arena and extend the best season in the history of the Selma High girls basketball program.
The top-seeded Bears were 23 of 26 from the free-throw line overall while steadily pulling away from No. 5 Sierra 67-53 in the Central Section Division III semifinals.
Second-seeded Hanford West awaits at 2 p.m. Saturday in the title game.
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Selma improved to a school-best 30-1 while reaching a section final for the second time.
"Normally, we're OK," said Alfors, who made 11 of 12 free throws en route to 15 points. "But we stepped it up tonight."
Bears coach Paul Romig said his team typically shoots about 65% from the line. But it was pretty obvious this group of girls was on a mission.
"That's our girls focusing and finishing," said Romig, whose team has won 12 straight. "Little details like this make a difference. The girls did a good job recognizing that and executing."
In an attempt to get his team to visualize its goal, Romig took the Bears on a field trip Saturday to Selland. After walking around the building, they found an open door and took a look inside.
They found the floor already down for this weekend's bonanza of five boys and five girls championship games, which helped crystallize the goal they have been working toward since opening the season with 18 straight wins and establishing themselves as the team to beat in D-III.
"I think the girls are enjoying and grasping their opportunity," Romig said.
Selma rolled to a 14-point victory despite playing much of the game without Pallesi, who got into early foul trouble, and Angela Cuevas, who fouled out with 5:55 left in the game.
After Pallesi picked up her fourth foul 31 seconds into the third quarter, Sierra cut Selma's lead to 42-33. But the Bears responded with an 8-3 run to go ahead by 14.
"We showed no matter which player is missing, we're there as a family," Jarquin said. "Someone always steps up."
After falling behind 21-12 in the first quarter, Sierra (22-9) used a 7-0 run in the second to cut the gap to 23-19.
That's as close as the Chieftains would get.
The Bears pulled away behind 19 points from Jarquin and 13 from Amanda Carlson.
"We've worked hard and we deserve this," Jarquin said. "We're going to practice even harder for the Selland game."
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.