Drillers end Kern County drought, Ridgeview advances in Division II

Not since the CIF Central Section moved its Valley basketball finals to Fresno's Selland Arena has a Kern County team played for the Division I boys basketball title.

But that drought will end Saturday.

After withstanding an 18-0 run from 10th-seeded Bullard in the first half of their semifinal match-up, third-seeded BHS pulled away in the second half to advance to the sectional title game. The Drillers will face top-seeded Central of Fresno, after the Grizzlies beat fourth-seeded Liberty, Saturday at 8 p.m.

In Division II, Ridgeview blew out fourth-seeded Redwood to advance to the title game. The top-seeded Wolf Pack will play second-seeded San Joaquin Memorial, which beat Independence in the semifinals.

Both Chavez and West fell in the Division III semifinals, while top-seeded California City advanced to the Division V final with a win over Dos Palos.

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