Porterville High School girls basketball clinched their second-straight East Yosemite League title outright with a 52-26 win over Delano Friday on the road.
Jewelia Maniss led the Panthers with 14 points, Nseije Ortiz had 13 and Madison Johnson 10. Jazlynne Medrano also had eight points, Mariyah Avila-Peterson three and Cienna Enriquez two.
PHS head coach Dave Kavern said Porterville led 16-2 at the end of the first quarter and 27-10 at halftime. The Panthers were up 47-14 at the end of the third and Kavern pulled all the starters in the fourth.
Last season Porterville won the EYL title with a perfect 10-0 record. Porterville has a chance to repeat that success if they can defeat rival Monache in their second rivalry game of the season Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The Panthers nine seniors will be honored prior to tipoff.
Sierra Pacific 81
Strathmore High School girls basketball lost 81-50 to Sierra Pacific in Thursday's East Sequoia League game at home. The Spartans led 10-9 after the first quarter and trailed just 32-30 at halftime.
Jazmine Soto had a team-high 33 points and was honored after her first basket for becoming Tulare County and Strathmore's all-time leading scorer this week. She currently has 2,315 points.
At the free throw line, Yvette Gutierrez went 7-of-8 and finished with 13 total points.
For the Golden Bears' Celeste Lewis led the team with 33 points and made nine 3-pointers. Alana Roberts finished with 16 points, Kylie Brasil had 12 and Annabelle Saavedra totaled 11.
With the win, Sierra Pacific wins the ESL title for the sixth year in a row.
Sierra Pacific 54
Strathmore High School boys basketball defeated Sierra Pacific 68-54 in Friday's East Sequoia League game on the road. The Spartans led 30-21 at halftime.
William Reece and Andre Bravo led Strathmore with 17 points apiece while Owen Patterson had 10 and Philip Valencia six.
Spartans' head coach Justin St. Clair said the team led from midway through the first quarter until the fourth. They were up 12 in the fourth Sierra Pacific went on a 12-0 run to tie the game. However Strathmore put together an 11-1 run to extend their lead.
In the fourth quarter, Strathmore went 10-of-13 from the free throw line and Reece made two 3-pointers, including one in the last two minutes of the game that gave the Spartans a nine-point lead.
St. Clair said the team got a lot of help off the bench and both Bravo and Patterson “dominated” inside the paint. The two finished with close to 10 rebounds each.
In ESL standings, Sierra Pacific is now tied with Corcoran with a 9-2 ESL record while Strathmore (17-9, 6-5 ESL) sits in fourth.
Pirates have rough outing in SoCal
Porterville College women's tennis team went 0-2 in matches in Southern California on Friday. The Lady Pirates lost 5-0 to Santa Monica and 8-1 to Glendale.
PC's lone win of the day came from Zoe Vasquez and Annabelle Rivera in the No. 3 doubles against Glendale. The two also played together in a close 8-6 loss to Santa Monica's No. 3 team.
Also playing in a close match was No. 3 Raquel Calo against Glendale. Calo lost the first set 6-3 and the second set 7-5.