College of the Sequoias’ top-seeded women’s basketball team was too much to handle for Fresno City.
The Giants built an early lead and rolled to a 92-61 victory over the No. 8 Rams to advance to the quarterfinals of the Northern California Regional.
“We played excellent team basketball,” COS coach Ray Alvarado said. “We didn’t let (what was at stake) get to us. We were determined to show our No. 1 seed was earned through a season of work. I’m so proud of this team, the college, and our community.”
Corissa Turley, who scored 12 in the first halAf, finished with a game-high 20 points for the Giants (29-3).
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Four other Giants scored in double figures. COS (29-3) shot 35 of 79 (44.3%) from the field, while the Rams (22-10) were 18 of 57 (31.6%).
Sara Vasquez led Fresno City (22-10) with 12 points.
“We just got beat by a better team,” Rams coach Brian Tessler said. “That being said, all this does is fuel my competitive juices to get Fresno City in a position next year to get back to the state tournament.
“We’ve been there five times in the last eight seasons, so this leaves a sour taste in my mouth. When we don’t get there, I take full responsibility as a coach.”
COS hosts No. 4 San Joaquin Delta at 7 p.m. Saturday, with the winner joining one other NorCal team and two from the South in the state final four at Cerritos.