Hurting Lady Dragons defeat Analy, but lose Ashe
Sonoma honors seniors Ashe, Vail, trey record-setting Romano before home finale
Senior Ali Romano (left) set a Sonoma girls’ school-record seven treys during the Lady Dragons’ SCL win over Analy last night in Pfeiffer Gym.
After being honored with their parents before last night’s regular-season home finale in Pfeiffer Gym, seniors Kendall Ashe, Ali Romano and Ashley Vail delivered inspiring efforts in sparking the Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball girls to a dominant first-half over Sonoma County League foe Analy.
Still not at full strength with injured athletic sophomore Mackenzie Albrecht, their leading rebounder and second top scorer, missing her fourth straight game, the Lady Dragons rode standout point-guard Ashe’s court leadership and Romano’s eventual record-setting evening to 14-2 first-quarter and 30-12 halftime leads.
Midway through the third quarter of the foul-filled game, Sonoma was holding a 15-point advantage when team captain, Ashe, was sidelined with a badly sprained ankle and the visiting Tiger girls capitalized on the misfortune with a 13-0 run to trail only 40-35 early in the fourth period.
Romano then buried a long three-pointer, which was her girls’ school-record seventh trey of the game, and after one more Analy push cut its deficit to only four points, the Lady Dragons got crucial back-to-back three-point plays by sophomore Alexa Hall and Vail and were able to prevail for a thrilling 54-46 SCL win.
Also contributing to Sonoma’s 10th SCL triumph were junior Giana Monterosso and sophomore Delaney Swanson, who picked up the inside slack after Vail fouled out by playing tough defense and controlling the boards down the stretch.