Lady Dragons tear past Terra Linda, face San Marin in today’s 5:30 p.m. tourney semifinal
Monty, Northgate faceoff in tonight’s other Dragon Classic semifinal
Sonoma’s standout sophomores Mackenzie Albrecht (left, No. 21) and Delaney Swanson (right, No. 20) played key roles in the Lady Dragons’ runaway win over Terra Linda in last night’s opening round of the annual Dragon Classic in Pfeiffer Gym.
Wanting to get their 17th annual Dragon Classic basketball tournament off to a good start, the hosting Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball girls made sure they got what they wanted by posting a rousing first-round victory in the nightcap of four tourney opening-round games last night in Pfeiffer Gym.
Facing Terra Linda, the Lady Dragons quickly took command of the action at both ends of the court behind the all-around play of senior Kendall Ashe and sophomore Mackenzie Albrecht, and the scoring of senior Ali Romano and sophomore Delaney Swanson, and built up 17-6 and 38-12 first-quarter and halftime leads, respectively.
Sonoma kept its big double-digit advantage over the Trojan girls through the third quarter and expanded on it down the fourth-period stretch en route to a one-sided 64-20 triumph.
With the win the Sonoma girls reached one of this evening’s semifinal games and will battle defending champion San Marin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Montgomery versus Northgate semifinal at 7 p.m. Tonight’s consolation bracket games are at 4 and 8:30 p.m.
In their Dragon Classic first-round games, San Marin, led by Kaleah Williams’ game-high 14 points, defeated Vintage 48-26, which was paced by Julia Grimm’s seven points; Northgate, led by Drew Chase’s game-high-tying 14 points, nipped Analy, paced by McKenna Martin and Jeana Petray’s game-high-tying 14 points each, 48-45; and Montgomery, led by Ashlee Wilson’s game-high 15 points, routed Menlo-Atherton, paced by Sarah Howell’s six points, 59-18.
Both of tonight’s semifinal winners will play in tomorrow’s, Saturday, Dec. 1, Dragon Classic title game at 6 p.m., which is preceded by the seventh-place game at 1:30, the consolation championship at 3, and the third-place showdown at 4:30 p.m.