Murshid Randle, finding the top of his game nearing the close of a four-year varsity career, scored 35 points as The Bee's top-ranked Central won 74-54 at home against Clovis to remain tied atop the Tri-River Athletic Conference with Clovis East. The No. 3 Timberwolves, meanwhile, forced host Clovis North into a 5-second violation with 28 seconds remaining, setting up Dylan Eamigh's drive at 0:03 for a 63-61 win. Eamigh and Isaac Acevedo had 18 and 16 points for Clovis East; junior Cade Alcorn had 24 for the Broncos. Clovis East will play at Central to close the regular season next Friday. The Grizzlies won 73-51 in the first round. At Clovis West, Jakari McClain scored 21 points as the No. 4 Golden Eagles beat Buchanan 69-44.
Coalinga, primed for another Division IV run to the Selland Arena final, clinched at least a tie for the West Sierra League title with a 79-38 rout of Dos Palos as Federico Gaytan scored 23 points and four-year point guard Troy Arce continued to manage the floor. The Horned Toads are looking at a No. 2 seed behind Washington a year after stunning the top-seeded Panthers in D-IV quarters.
Emily Anderson scored 20 points as No. 2 Clovis West crushed Buchanan 72-33. The Golden Eagles are a game ahead of Clovis in the TRAC. Malerie Crenshaw, a senior post coming on strong for the No. 5 Cougars, scored 18 points and school career-leading scorer Samantha Earl and Rachel Berry 13 apiece as Clovis whipped Central 65-31. The Cougars will play at Clovis West next Friday.
No. 1 Clovis North and No. 4 Central tied for the TRAC title after the Broncos edged Clovis 1-0 on an own goal, while the Grizzlies rolled past Clovis East on the strength of a hat trick from Dylan Rusconi. Clovis North and Central appear to be the top two contenders for the No. 1 playoff seed in D-I, a discussion set for today in the section CIF office that will also include Southwest Yosemite League champ Bakersfield and CMAC winner Bullard.
Ray Torres scored two goals as D- III top-ranked and Central Sequoia League champ Selma tied Dinuba 4-4.
Ryen Darling and Gabrielle Grieser scored as Bullard closed a 10-0 CMAC run with a 2-0 win over Edison. The Knights are looking at a D-I No. 4 seed after getting swept by the TRAC second- and third-place finishers, Buchanan and Central, in nonleague play.
Yazmine Aguirre scored on a penalty kick early in the second half as Caruthers beat Fowler 2-1, capping a 10-0 West Sequoia march.
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