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Girls basketball roundup: Clovis East, Yosemite High advance

Division I

Seventh-seeded Clovis East is headed to the section championships for the first time in girls basketball after defeating No. 6 Stockdale 83-76.

Senior forward Jasmine Cooper led the Timberwolves with 21 points and senior guard Nina Gregory had 18. Kim Pree, playing after the death of her sister last week, chipped in with 14.

Kacy Kurushima nailed a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down, and Gregory and Pree also hit key fourth-quarter 3s to hold off the Mustangs.

Clovis East was also clutch from the free-throw line, hitting 21 of 27.

Top-seeded Hanford awaits Saturday after the Bullpups routed No. 5 Edison 74-38.

Division II

With fourth-seeded Yosemite down by a point, Brianna Smith hit a 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining to push the Badgers by No. 1 Garces and on to Selland Arena with a 60-58 win Tuesday in a Central Section Division II girls basketball semifinal.

Sydney Fipps had a game-high 26 points for Yosemite and Smith finished with 16.

Rachell West and Candace Wilkerson each scored 15 for Garces.

The Badgers, runners-up to Hanford in D-II last season, will face No. 3 Monache in Friday's 6 p.m. final at Selland Arena.

The Marauders upset No. 2 Clovis North 75-66 Tuesday.

Jenae Alcantar scored 20 of her 26 points in the second half to help lift the Marauders into the title game.

Diana Corona and Samantha Britt each had 12 for Monache, which last won the championship in 1995.

Clovis North's DeVaughna Jenkins countered with 26 points, including making 15 of 21 foul shots.

Division IV

Top-seed Sierra, behind Paige Brown's 22 points, easily advanced to the championship with a 58-36 victory over No. 4 Fresno Christian.

The Chieftains (19-7) put it away in the second half outscoring the defending championship Eagles 36-24.

Brandi Thompson paced the Eagles with 13 points.

Third-seeded Strathmore staged a fourth-quarter rally that took down No. 2 Memorial 47-36 and punched the Spartans' ticket to Selland Arena for the finals.

Maribel Bravo scored all 11 of her points in the fourth quarter for the Spartans (19-6), who outscored Memorial 24-9.

Eva Gutierrez led Strathmore, which has won nine straight, with 13 points and Nayeli Colugna had 10.

Memorial (20-11) was paced by Mohagany May's 15 points, but she was the only Panthers player in double figures.

Division V

Ashley Vander Tuig recorded 20 points and 12 rebounds and Amy Weststeyn added 15 points and 13 rebounds as top-seeded Central Valley Christian defeated No. 4 Laton 76-32 in a semifinal.

The Cavaliers return to Selland after falling to Fresno Christian in last year's finals.

In the championship, CVC will face No. 3 Kings Christian or No. 2 Immanuel.

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