After two weeks of playing out of California, the Selma girls basketball team played in their first game back in the state against Lemoore in a 65-38 win on Jan. 3.

With a win, Selma improves to 12-7 before starting Central Sequoia League play against Immanuel at home on Friday Jan. 12.

Bears head coach Paul Romig said it “felt great” to play in California again after the team traveled to Las Vegas for a tournament and a multi-game road trip in Pennsylvania during the school’s winter break.

“I thought we did a good job collectively, and that’s what we need.” he said. “We need everybody to contribute on both ends of the floor.”

Romig expects the CSL to be competitive this season, as five of the six teams are over .500. The only team below .500 is Kingsburg (5-8), but Romig expects the Vikings to be competitive when their players return to the team.

“We need to be consistent and we need to bring it every night,” Romig said. “We can’t take time off.”

Against Lemoore, notable performances from Selma included Rachel Vieira, Taj Pannu, and Lizette Moreno.

Vieira lead the Bears with 19 points and seven assists. The junior also added five rebounds. Pannu’s performance included 14 points, five assists and seven rebounds. As for Moreno, she scored 12 points, added six assists and two rebounds. Sophomore Clarrisa Moreno had a solid game on both ends of the floor with eight points, seven rebounds and five steals.

On Dec. 19-22, the girls played in a tournament at Las Vegas, where they went 3-1 including blowout victories over Arizona school River Valley (76-7 score), and Las Vegas schools Mountain View Christian (75-14) and Bonaza (62-42).

During the Pennsylvania trip, Selma struggled in two of its three games. On Dec. 27 the Bears lost to Lancaster Catholic 72-38 and were defeated again by Trinity 84-52 two days later. On Dec. 30, Selma got back on track against Helen Thackston - a charter school in York, Pennsylvania- by winning 61-12.

Originally, the Bears were supposed to play against Emmaus high school in Penn. on Dec. 30, but the game was postponed.

Romig said the team didn’t practice the day before their game against Lemoore because they were still dealing with jet lag from playing on the East Coast. He said the team needed a rest day as the girls will begin their league schedule.

“We’re excited to get back in it and rejuvenate our energy level,” Romig said.

With Selma’s current record, Romig is three wins away from his 500th career win, which could happen as soon as Jan. 19 if the Bears were to win their first three league games. He’s also eight victories shy of his 14th 20-win season.

After the girls’ matchup against Immanuel, Selma will head to Central Valley Christian on Jan. 17 and will be back home to take on Exeter on Jan. 19.

Jeremiah Martinez can be reached at 583-2413 or