Clovis West girls win on last second three-pointer

The Clovis West girls are headed back to the state final four in the Open Division, after a 46-45 win on a last second three-pointer from Champney Pulliam.

Five Central Section girls basketball teams played in regional semifinal games Tuesday - three won, one of them in dramatic fashion.

The defending Open Division state champions, Clovis West, rallied from an early hole against visiting Harvard-Westlake, taking the lead with 1.8 seconds to play on a Champney Pulliam three-pointer. The Golden Eagles beat the Wolverines 46-45, to get back to the final four. Freshman Maddie Tom led Clovis West in scoring with 14 points, while Maddie Campbell added 13.

In Division III, Mission Oak lost at home to Mater Dei Catholic 71-50, while seventh seeded Clovis upset its second straight opponent to reach the regional finals. The Cougars beat Christian Brothers 47-45 on the road.

In Division IV, San Joaquin Memorial ran into a buzzsaw, falling to top seed Woodside Priory 55-35.

In Division V, Sierra Pacific showed why it's the number one seed in the South. The Golden Bears cruised past Grace Brethren 56-41, led by senior Haley Bettencourt's 19 points. Sierra Pacific gets one final home game, Saturday evening against second seeded Hueneme.

Clovis West and Clovis will both be on the road Saturday; the Golden Eagles will play the Open Division's top seed in the South, Windward, while the Cougars will play D-III's fifth seed in the North, West Campus.

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