February 22, 2012 11:45 PM
Senior Kaylor Kovacevich, in what likely was her final homecourt appearance, made 11 of 11 free throws, scored 21 points and powered sixth-seeded Bullard to a 62-45 win over No. 11 Clovis East in a Central Section first-round Division I playoff game. Kovacevich made all six of her free throws while scoring 10 points in the first quarter as the Knights bolted to a 24-6 lead over the 2011 D-I runner-up. Bullard will play Friday in the quarterfinals at No. 3 Edison, which has beaten the Knights in 2 of 3 games this season.
Ninth-seeded Central needed all of Tiana Maxwell's 30 points to outlast No. 8 Centennial 54-50 and earn a D-I date at No. 1 Stockdale. Also, Samantha Earle hit four 3-pointers and scored 20 points to power No. 7 Clovis to a 50-41 D-I victory against No. 10 Liberty-Bakersfield and a second-round matchup at No. 2 Hanford.
No. 9 Madera knocked off No. 8 Yosemite 57-47 in D-II behind Jenny Gallegoes' 14 points, and 12 apiece from Shellie Perkins and Bria Fernandes. That earned the Coyotes a quarterfinal visit to defending champion and No. 1 Monache.
Cassidee Angangan hit two free throws in the final seconds, finishing with 22 points while preserving No. 10 Dinuba's 60-57 upset of No. 7 Hoover in D-III. Miyah Rollins had 18 points, 10 steals and six assists for the Patriots, the unbeaten North Yosemite League champions.
Destiny Garcia scored 16 points and Christina Castro and Alexis Gutierrez 14 apiece as No. 4 Lindsay beat No. 13 Washington 67-35 in a D-IV first-round game. In other games, No. 2 Memorial's Sara Vasquez had 16 points in a 65-21 win against No. 15 Sierra Pacific, and No. 10 Fowler got 13 points from Alex Flores to drop No. 7 Chowchilla 41-29.
Ney Aguila scored six of her 17 points and Jackie Robles added five of her 13 in the fourth quarter as No. 3 Parlier forged a 19-9 rally to escape with a 47-41 win over McFarland in D-IV. The Redcats, in a school-record 23-win season, will remain at home Friday to play No. 6 Strathmore in the quarters. Also, No. 3 Parlier advanced with a 47-41 victory over No. 14 McFarland, as Ney Aguila scored 17 points. Ashley Escobedo's 11 points led a balanced attack for No. 8 Mendota in a 52-44 win against No. 9 Caruthers.
Seventh-inning dramatics in the Coca-Cola Classic had Daniel Gardner score on a walk-off wild pitch in Clovis North's 2-1 win over Madera and Blake Honley's two-strike, two-out grand slam lift Redwood past Western 7-3. Cole Compton gave up four hits in five innings for Redwood. And, atop the section rankings, No. 1 Clovis West had Tyler Ferguson strike out eight in five innings and Ryan Clark homer with the bases loaded -- only to pass a teammate on the basepaths and get credited with a three-run shot -- in the Golden Eagles' 17-3 rout of El Diamante. Taylor Wipfler pitched four hitless innings in No. 2 Clovis' 4-0 win over Golden West.
- Olivia Garcia threw a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and Monica Ornelas drove in three runs to lift Fresno to a 22-0 nonleague victory against Fresno Christian.