Led by Lewis, cinderella Sierra Pacific hunting another state title


HANFORD, Calif. — Behind the entertaining play of senior Celeste Lewis, the Sierra Pacific girls basketball team is on the brink of playing for a second state title in the last three years.

The Golden Bears are led by one of the most entertaining players in the Valley, senior point guard Celeste Lewis.

She makes shots from all angles, and is known for delivering no-look passes that would make point guards in the NBA proud.

Caruthers head coach Anna Almeida, whose blue raiders just barely edged Sierra Pacific in the Division-IV Valley championship game on Feb. 29, is a big fan of Lewis.

“I got to watch her grow up,” said Almeida. “She was a lot smaller and skinnier when she was little, but she did the exact same thing. She was real smooth and she’s so smart. It’s crazy. She’s fluid. She has a basketball I.Q. that most players don’t have.”

The 11th-seeded Golden Bears will travel to No. 1 Colfax on Tuesday night, in the Division-IV Northern California Regional final.

With a win, the Bears would play in the Division-IV state championship game on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.

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