By Krissy Hetherington Special to the Sun-Gazette
VISALIA – After a big game on Friday, Jan. 25th, against Golden West (12-3-4, 4-2-1), Redwood (15-6-2, 6-1) came out with a win and remains on top of the West Yosemite League alongside Hanford (16-2-2, 6-0-1).
The Rangers started out down 1-0 after a goal by Golden West’s Serina Oceguera. They fought hard and in the 63rd minute, Evan House returned a pass to Sydney Somavia to tie up the game. The girls went into overtime ready to fight and keep their 7-year league championship streak alive. They sealed the deal with a goal by Alondra Sanchez in the 95th minute off a pass from Jill Nelsen. Redwood’s Savannah Travis had 3 big saves in this game and Golden West’s Haylee Damron had 8 big saves as well.
A few weeks back, Redwood beat Golden West but lost to Hanford. Hanford turned around and tied with Golden West. So now these two remain on top: the Bullpups and Rangers who will face off on Tuesday, January 29th on Redwood’s home turf. After this game, Hanford will play Golden West at the Blazers’ home field on January 31st. Clearly, the WYL Championship title is still up for grabs with 3 more games left in league for all teams which also prepare most of them for playoffs.
Rangers go 3 for 4 over this week
Redwood Varsity Girls Basketball (19-5, 6-1) made an appearance at COS’ annual MLK Showcase where they faced off against Independence for the second time this season. They came out with their first win of the week, 41-30. They played again on Wednesday away against Lemoore to start their second round of league play where they won again 57-33. The girls then played Golden West on Friday where they came back down by 15 all the way to win by 1, 39-38. On Saturday, the Lady Rangers played a tough, hard fought game against Central High School in the Nor Cal Sports Showcase. They struggled to return the Grizzlies’ speed and energy and ended up losing 60-35. That same day though, Hanford also took a tough loss in the same showcase against Rolling Hills Prep, 77-51. Now both Redwood and Hanford will battle it out on Tuesday, January 29th at Hanford. Redwood remains second in league after suffering a loss to the Hanford Bullpups in the first round. Whether Redwood can pull off this win and take a share of the WYL title remains to be seen.
Rangers gain key player before making playoff run
This week, Redwood gained back Senior point guard and scoring leader, La Dre Aguilar, starting their second round of league play. The boys started out the season rough resulting in an overall 10-15 record but they traveled to many tournaments before league even started. For league, the team is 3-4 after a recent loss to Lemoore on Wednesday in a close one, 61-65, and a win over Golden West, 52-42 on Friday. With playoffs just around the corner, it is crucial they play good in these last 3 games of league. They head into the next week with a home game against Hanford on Tuesday and another home game against El Diamante on Thursday. Right now, the standing for WYL are: Lemoore at top (7-0), Mt. Whitney second (6-1), and Redwood third.