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Sports roundup: Bullpups, Golden Bears postseasons conclude with loss

Hanford guard Sapphire Jones brings the ball up the court in the fourth quarter of Friday's CIF Central Section Division I quarterfinals game against Independence. Hanford lost 71-31.

NOE GARCIA, The Sentinel

BAKERSFIELD — The Hanford girls basketball team’s playoff run came to an end on Friday in the CIF Central Section Division I quarterfinals. The 6-seed Bullpups lost 71-31 to 3-seed Independence.

Hanford guard Sapphire Jones was the only player in double figures and scored a team-high 16 points. Kylie Maya scored six points and Kate McClard finished with three points.

“Honestly, I think they just wanted it more than we did,” McClard said.

The Bullpups trailed 18-5 after the first quarter and the Falcons showcased their dominance on the court. They had two players score 20 or more points and built a 14-point halftime lead before blowing the game wide open with a 24-5 third quarter.

Hanford ends the season 22-8 and 12-0 in the West Yosemite League. They captured their 13th-straight league title and ended the regular season on a 15-game winning streak.

They will lose seniors McClard, Deja Carter and Naykimra Wright. For McClard, it’s the ending of an incredible four-year run.

“I take away meeting a lot of good people and making a lot of new friends,” McClard said. “I’m happy I was on Hanford. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Girls soccer

OROSI — The Sierra Pacific girls soccer team lost 1-0 to Orosi in the CIF Central Section Division V championship game on Friday.

The game wasn’t without controversy as Sierra Pacific forward Sadie Ronquillo’s shot at the end of regulation rolled over the goalkeeper and into the net. Sierra Pacific said the ball crossed the line, but the linesman did not signal for the goal and the game ended a minute later.

The Golden Bears finished the season 15-7-5 overall and as the East Sequoia League champions at 7-1-2 for the first time in school history. Their incredible season came a year after going winless in the ESL.

Orosi (28-0-2, 10-0 ESL) capped an undefeated season by scoring late in the first half, which proved to be the game-winner.

The Golden Bears are set up for future success with a young team composed of 16 freshmen and sophomores. However, they will miss their best defensive player and leading captain Ashlyn Martinez. She’s the only senior on the team and will leave a huge hole to fill.

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