Amber Mendes scored the go-ahead goal late in the second half — the 75th score of her four-year career — to lift top-seeded Sierra Pacific to a 2-1 victory over No. 2 McFarland for the Central Section Division VI championship. Marissa Stenschke's goal in the 9th minute tied it for the Golden Bears, who lost to the Cougars in last year's final.
Third-seeded Edison was denied a spot in the D-II final with a 3-0 loss to No. 2 Garces, which got a goal from Erica Delgado 5 minutes in and never looked back. The Rams will play at top-seeded Frontier, which beat No. 4 Redwood 4-2.
Logan Peters' goal in the 7th minute of overtime sent top-seeded Central Valley Christian over No. 5 Liberty-Madera Ranchos 1-0 in the D-III semifinals. The Cavaliers will host second-seeded and three-time defending division champion Highland in the final at 7 p.m. Friday. The Scots defeated No. 3 East Bakersfield 3-1.
Felicity Rodriguez had a hat trick as No. 2 Fowler advanced to the D-V final with a 5-4 win over No. 6 Kern Valley. The Redcats will play at top-seeded Sierra at 7 p.m. Friday for the title. The Chieftains knocked off No. 12 Washington 1-0.
Erin Pallesi finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead top-seeded Selma to a 64-38 win against No. 16 Delano in the opening round of the section D-III playoffs. No. 2 Sierra beat No. 15 Roosevelt 50-40 behind 12 points each from Mikayla Raley and Whitney Naylor. Sierra will face No. 7 Fresno, a 31-15 winner over No. 10 Mira Monte behind Desiree Harding's 13 points. Deja Manning had 15 points and nine rebounds as No. 3 Hoover thumped No. 14 Corcoran 56-28.
In D-IV, Brianna Davila scored 13 points as No. 5 Caruthers topped No. 12 Kingsburg 60-24. The Blue Raiders advance to face No. 4 Exeter, a 46-37 winner over No. 13 Liberty-Madera Ranchos as Danica Todd scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the second half. Lilly Hernandez scored 18 for the Hawks.
In D-I, No. 6 Bullard edged No. 11 Monache 57-51 with Julia Locastro scoring 16 points. Bullard next plays No. 3 Centennial, which had an opening-round bye.
Buchanan made it six straight wins to open the Coca-Cola Classic and the season, as Trenton Kemp hit a two-run homer and the Bears — No. 2 in The Bee's preseason rankings — beat No. 7 Bullard 4-0. Kemp was named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason team after earlier earning MaxPreps honors. Third-ranked Clovis suffered its first loss, as Harley Lopez's run-scoring infield single in the top of the eighth lifted Frontier to a 3-2 victory.
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