Clovis News: Sports

Basketball highlights from Dec. 21


Sydnee Fipps scored 28 points, but Yosemite was outscored 14-8 in overtime as it lost 69-63 to Royal-Simi Valley at the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions.

Florida signee Carlie Needles, a 5-7 point guard, scored 34 points as ThunderRidge of Colorado beat Clovis West 75-45 at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.

Jordan Reid had 28 points and six assists, Bailey Osmer added nine points and 23 rebounds and Caruthers beat Washington 57-26 in a nonleague game.


Buchanan missed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left and wasted a 27-point effort by Alex Fertig in a 65-60 loss to Our Lady of Good Counsel-Olney (Md.) at the National Prep Classic in Santa Maria.

Tulare (7-0) remained perfect behind 19 points from Keonta Vernon in a 47-34 win over Lindsay at the Tulare Holiday Classic. Will Nelson had 22 points and nine rebounds as Mt. Whitney ran away from Immanuel 72-29.

Sam Luna scored 16 points as El Diamante posted its second one-point win over a Central Section perennial power at the Holiday Invitational Tournament, this time 55-54 over Edison in overtime. The Miners had opened the event Saturday with a 50-49 win over Central Valley Christian.

Central Valley Christian received 30 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists from Bee All-Star Grant Verhoeven, coasted past Lemoore 84-39 and advanced to today's HIT consolation title game with Washington at 3 p.m.

Host school Hoover and Clovis North powered to today's 7:30 p.m. championship of the Holiday Invitational Tournament, as the Patriots (7-1) beat Central 58-49 following a 63-54 win by Clovis North (9-2) over Memorial. Hoover, seeking its first HIT title in 14 years, had Daniel Johnson's 12 points lead a balanced attack in its semifinal victory. Clovis North, with its first class of seniors and making its second HIT appearance, had Richie Tesmer score 18, improving his three- game tourney total to 60.

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