SELMA — The Selma girls basketball team defeated the Kingsburg squad 54-44 at home on Jan. 26.
It was the Bears’ seventh-straight win with a 17-7 overall record and 5-0 in Central Sequoia League play.
Currently, Selma has sole possession of first place in the CSL with the next two teams behind the Bears - Exeter and Immanuel - at 3-2 in the league standings.
“I think our girls have done a great job working really hard and playing smart,” Selma head coach Paul Romig said. “We’re real proud of where they stand right now having gone through the first rotation of league [play].”
In the first quarter, the Kingsburg girls were leading 12-8 before the Bears scored 19 points in the second period for a 27-17 halftime lead.
The Vikings wouldn’t go away easy as the team would cut the deficit to seven points with a 43-36 score at the end of the third quarter.
Selma would eventually pull away by scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter for the win.
“It’s a rivalry game,” Romig said. “I think rivalry games between Selma and Kingsburg in any sport is pretty intense. You could throw the records out the window because if either side wins those two games it’s a good season.”
Selma had four of its five players in the starting lineup score in double-digits against the Vikings.
Audrey Gonzalez had a game-high 15 points, Lizette Moreno scored 13, and Rachel Vieira and Clarissa Moreno each had 10. Taj Pannu also scored six points for the Bears.
“It just kind of shows that any of them could have a big night or all of them could have a big night on the same night,” Kingsburg head coach Mark Willis said. “They run such good offense and they share the ball so well. That makes every player on the court for them a threat to score.”
Notable performers for the Vikings were Maddy Reed, Shareen Purewal and Tasharee Vaughn. Reed and Purewal each scored 11 points and Vaughn had 10.
Currently, Kingsburg has a 7-13 overall record and is 2-3 in league play.
Willis said Selma has a great chance of winning a league title and he fully expects his Vikings team to compete for second place in the CSL.
“In our league, second place is not that bad of a thing,” Willis said. “Selma is running away with it… but I think tonight was a turning point for us. The girls showed they have the heart and they definitely have the talent to do it.”
Kingsburg has five games remaining on its regular season schedule and Willis expects his team to make a playoff push.
“That’s going to be our motivation and our goal is to try to finish strong and get into playoffs,” Willis said.
On Saturday, the Vikings played reigning CIF Central Section Div. IV Champion Sierra Pacific and lost 71-36.
Willis said the Golden Bears were the best team they’ve seen all year and considered them one of the top squads in the Valley.
Purewal scored 20 points and Reed notched a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) in the loss.
The Vikings will look to bounce back against Exeter at home on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Two days later, Kingsburg will take on Dinuba in another home matchup. Both squads each have 16 wins this season.
The Bears will take on Immanuel on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 31, and will be back home in a matchup against Central Valley Christian two days later.