Tulare County girls basketball powers from Central Section Division IV Exeter and Lindsay will clash head-to-head in Tuesday's semifinals.
The No. 4 seeded Monarchs (18-10, 6-4) defeated No. 12 Kingsburg 47-41 Thursday night in Exeter while the top seeded Cardinals (22-6, 10-0) beat No. 9 Caruthers 50-36 in Lindsay.
Christina Castro led Lindsay with 25 points while Destiny Garcia made 12 steals. Ashley Baker and Megan Salinas each scored nine points.
Jacque Hutcheson and Katelyn Lopez led Exeter with 13 points each, but it was Alex Rowell who played her best game of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Tuesday's semifinal is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Lindsay.
No. 2 Garces 60, No. 7 Tulare Western 41: The Rams stopped the Mustangs in a Division II quarterfinal game in Bakersfield.
Tulare Western junior guard Dashayla Johnson, who suffered a foot injury in January and was not expected back this season, had 13 points by halftime for the Mustangs. Tulare Western (20-10) was within five points of Garces early in the third quarter before the Rams went on a run to seize control.
Tulare Western 8, Mt. Whitney 3: The Mustangs continued their winning ways in the season-opening Coca~Cola Classic high school baseball tournament with a win over the Pioneers Thursday at Tulare Western High School.
Tulare Western junior Anthony Avila was one out away from pitching a no hitter. Avila went 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit. Gage Chacon broke up the no-hit bid in the seventh inning.
Lumus Russell went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI for the Mustangs (2-0). Derrick Perales had two hits, including a double with a run and an RBI. Chris Covert had a hit, a run and an RBI.
Golden West 8, Firebaugh 0: The Trailblazers opened their season with a nonleague win over the Eagles.
Troy Stainbrook was the winning pitcher with seven strikeouts in two scoreless innings. He also batted 2-of-3 and drove in a run.
Thomas Dunehew was the starting pitcher. He pitched three scoreless inning with five strikeouts.
Tanner Cook hit a triple, walked twice and drove in two runs. Sheldon White hit a double and drove in three runs.
Golden West 11, Clovis North 3: Bri Ojeda hit a grand slam for the Trailblazers during a nonleague win over the Broncos.
Kaitlyn Robinson also homered for Golden West. She finished 2-for-3 at the plater with two runs and three runs batted in. Tiffany Phillips batted 4-for-5 with two runs, one RBI and two doubles. Katelyn Smith batted 3-for-5 with two runs and a double.
Elizabeth Flores pitched all seven innings with eight strikeouts. She allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits with no walks.
Golden West 8, Tulare Western 1: Juan Carlos, Jesus Zamora, Ernie Alvarado, Matt Duyst and Dillon Barnett each earned singles victories for the Trailblazers in a nonleague win over the Mustangs. Cameron Suza earned Tulare Western's only point.
Silva/Alvarado, Duyst/Zamora and Brandon Romer / Billy Torres won doubles matches for Golden West.
Central Valley Christian 7, Mt. Whitney 2: Andrew Gong, Bailey Gong, Riley Thomas and Sebastian Elsenbroek each earned singles victories for the Cavaliers in a nonleague win over the Pioneers.
Spencer Jones and Matt Mayes won for Mt. Whitney (1-1).
A. Gong / Tyler Thomas, B. Gong / R. Thomas, Michael Rosa / Ben Martin won doubles matches for CVC (1-0).
Woodlake defeats Fowler: Ryder Rochin led the Tigers with a 40 for nine holes. Tim Diaz shot 42. Foster Hengst shot 45. Nick Diaz shot 47. Isaac Gonzalez shot 49.
Tulare Union 103, Lemoore 45: The Redskins opened their season with a nonleague win over the Tigers.
Golden West 118, Central Valley Christian 66: The Trailblazers opened their season with a nonleague win over the Cavaliers.
Tulare Union 85, Lemoore 65: The Redskins opened their season with a nonleague win over the Tigers.
Golden West 98, Central Valley Christian 85: The Trailblazers opened their season with a nonleague win over the Cavaliers.
Hawks in Caruthers: The No. 2 Mission Oak Hawks will visit No. 1 Caruthers today in the Central Section Division IV championship. The match begins at 7 p.m. at Caruthers High School.
Early Tip Time: The Central Section Division III semifinal between No. 6 Dinuba and No. 3 Mt. Whitney is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday in Visalia, one hour ahead of the normal semifinal schedule to allow Mt. Whitney extra set up time for Saturday's Masters wrestling tournament.