High School Basketball

Sierra Pacific girls reach state final, Clovis falls

West Campus-Sacramento’s Simone Johnson fights for a loose ball between Clovis Cougars Avery Evans, left, and Jasmine Heu during the third quarter of their NorCal Division III regional final Saturday, March 17 in Sacramento.
West Campus-Sacramento’s Simone Johnson fights for a loose ball between Clovis Cougars Avery Evans, left, and Jasmine Heu during the third quarter of their NorCal Division III regional final Saturday, March 17 in Sacramento. Special to The Bee

The Sierra Pacific High girls basketball team is making the trek to Sacramento to play for a state championship.

The Central Section’s other two last standing teams, Clovis West and Clovis, came up short Saturday in regional finals.

Sierra Pacific, the top seed in Southern California Division V, beat No. 2 Hueneme-Oxnard 71-70 Saturday night in Hanford to punch its ticket.

The Golden Bears (31-5) will face Lowell-San Francisco (20-11), the No. 4 seed in NorCal. Lowell beat No. 6 Durham 48-31 Saturday. Tipoff is at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Golden 1 Center, downtown home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.

Against Hueneme, Sierra Pacific built several leads but each time the visitors answered. The last came after the Bears took a 71-64 lead. Hueneme had a chance to tie late but missed a free throw.

The Bears reached the regional semifinals last year.

Defending state D-IV champion West Campus-Sacramento beat Clovis 59-54 in the NorCal D-III final, and defending state D-I champion Windward-Los Angeles beat Clovis West 61-50 in the SoCal Open final.

PHOTO GALLERY: CLOVIS AT WEST CAMPUS

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