Lady Dragons can’t catch Encinal
Sonoma girls at Drake today; Dragon JV boys fall in tourney opener
Sonoma’s Delaney Swanson (right) secures a rebound as teammate Kendall Ashe (left) backs up the play during the Lady Dragons’ victory over Terra Linda in their recent annual Dragon Classic in Pfeiffer Gym.
Currently on a long five-game road trip, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball girls opened their nonleague trek falling into an early hole, but then rallying back to register a 57-50 victory in Napa last Wednesday.
On their next stop in Alameda Saturday night, the Lady Dragons again fell into an early hole with another series of uncharacteristic defensive breakdowns, along with too many turnovers, which yielded 32 first-half points to East Bay foe Encinal and a 14-point halftime deficit.
But Sonoma was able to, again, battle back in the second-half and pulled to within five points of the girl Jets with four-and-a-half minutes left in the game.
Unfortunately, this time the Lady Dragons, despite having three players – senior Ashley Vail and sophomores Mackenzie Albrecht and Delaney Swanson, who each posted double-doubles – with double-digit rebounds, couldn’t turn their rally into a win as Encinal used a 6-0 run to hold off their charge for a 52-43 victory.
Pacing Sonoma were Swanson’s 15 points and 12 rebounds; Albrecht’s 12 points, 10 rebounds and two steals; Vail’s 12 rebounds and two points; senior Ali Romano’s eight points and six rebounds; senior Kendall Ashe’s five points, six rebounds and four assists; and junior Megan Neely’s one point.
The Lady Dragons travel to San Anselmo tonight for a game at Drake, followed by a pair of challenging East Bay games at Campolindo and Miramonte this Friday and Saturday evenings, Dec. 14 and 15, respectively
Sonoma’s junior varsity boy cagers opened play in the Montgomery Tournament last Thursday and dropped a 69-40 decision to Drake – the final tourney results were not available at presstime.
Pacing the Dragon jayvee boys were Kaden Cable’s 12 points and three rebounds; Kevin Hurtado’s nine points and four rebounds; Spencer McNairy’s four points and three rebounds; Anthony Hamiter’s four points; Return Bongiovanni’s three points and four rebounds; Diego Alvarado’s two points and six rebounds; Christian Jimenez’s two points and three rebounds; and Thomas Crumly and Ryan Fisher’s two points each.