Lady Dragons await NCS fate
Sonoma girls current SCL tourney results available at sonomanews.com
Sonoma’s Ashley Vail (right), seen in action during a recent SCL win over Analy in Pfeiffer Gym, is one of only three seniors, including Kendall Ashe and Ali Romano, on the young Lady Dragons’ roster.
Bill Hoban Index-Tribune
The postseason has arrived for the young Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball girls, who finished second in the Sonoma County League behind regular-season champion Petaluma, and opened SCL Tournament play when they hosted a Thursday evening first-round game in Pfeiffer Gym.
While results of last night’s annual SCL tourney opener between the second-seed Lady Dragons and visiting third-seed Analy aren’t available at presstime, they will be posted today on the Index-Tribune’s website at sonomanews.com.
In the other league tournament opener, top-seed Petaluma hosted fourth-seed Healdsburg, and the two first-round winners will battle for the SCL Tourney title at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 16, in Santa Rosa Junior College’s Haehl Pavillion.
Though their total focus is on the current SCL Tournament, you can’t fault the Lady Dragons for looking ahead to the big postseason picture, the North Coast Section championship tourney, which can lead to the bigger NorCal playoffs, that take the journey to the biggest stage, the California state championships.
But back to the always challenging NCS, which will hold its seeding meetings this Sunday, Feb. 17, in Dublin, and, as of presstime, the Lady Dragons (15-11 record) were ranked 10th in Division-3, with the sectional tournament, which begins next week, having a 16-team bracket.
Last year, the Sonoma girl cagers entered the NCS Division-3 playoffs as the eighth-seed and, after defeated visiting ninth-seed Hercules in the opening round, they lost to powerful top-seed Bishop O’Dowd – which went on to win the state title and this year is ranked one of the country’s top-10 teams – in the quarter-finals.