Lady Dragons hammer Healdsburg
Romano ties girls’ school record with 6 treys in SCL win, Petaluma in town Saturday, JVs romp
Sonoma’s Kendall Ashe makes a mid-air pass for one of her 10 assists – this one went to Ali Romano, who nailed one of her girls’ school record-tying six treys – as teammate Ashley Vail (left) follows the play during the Lady Dragons’ SCL victory over Healdsburg Tuesday night in Pfeiffer Gym.
John Holden/Special to the Index-Tribune
It’s been almost a month since the Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball girls have played on their home court, following a tough preseason schedule, which included a trip to Arizona, with three straight road wins to start the Sonoma County League campaign.
In their Tuesday night SCL home opener against Healdsburg in Pfeiffer Gym, the Lady Dragons had a school three-point record tied by senior Ali Romano, as talented sophomore Mackenzie Albrecht turned in another dominating rebounding effort, and senior point guard Kendall Ashe had double-digit assists.
With a 31-22 halftime lead, Sonoma opened the third quarter with an 8-2 run, fueled by senior Ashley Vail, for a 39-24 advantage, and then got a defensive and rebounding boost down the stretch from athletic sophomore Delaney Swanson in stranding the visiting Greyhounds and racing to an impressive 63-41 victory.
Leading the Lady Dragons were Romano’s game-high 20 points on the strength of her six converted treys, which ties former all-leaguer Ashley Meyers for the Sonoma girls’ school-record for made three-pointers in a game.
Sonoma was also led by Albrecht’s double-double of 13 points to go with a game-high 15 rebounds and four steals; Vail’s double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds; Swanson’s six points, seven rebounds and three steals; Ashe’s five points and a game-high 10 assists; and junior Giana Monterosso’s four points and junior Amanda Lacy’s and sophomore Alexa Hall’s two each.
Juniors Megan Neely and Madi Burningham round out Sonoma’s varsity hoops girls’ roster, which is directed by head coach Sil Coccia and assistant coaches Steve Semenero and Dino Minatta.
The Lady Dragons played league foe Analy last night in Sebastopol – results not available at presstime – and return to the Valley for a four-game SCL homestand, which starts by hosting longtime rival Petaluma tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 19, with the junior varsity playing at 6, and the varsity tipping off at 7:30 p.m.
Sonoma’s jayvee girl cagers routed Healdsburg 54-12, led by Rian Verdu’s 10 points; Shelby Camilleri’s and Sierra Lilly’s eight points each; Hanna Lemaire’s seven points and four rebounds; Ciara Smith’s six points and eight rebounds; Sami Von Gober’s five points and seven rebounds; Bella Bollman’s four points and Laryssa Baker’s three; and Angela Fulkerson’s two points and three rebounds.