Lady Dragons power past Piner
Sonoma hosts Analy in home finale Tuesday; JV girls win 3, frosh take 2 of 3
Senior Ashley Vail eyes the basket after ripping down one of her game-high 15 rebounds during the Lady Dragons’ second-half surge past Piner for an SCL victory Tuesday night in Pfeiffer Gym.
Bill Hoban Index-Tribune
If one of its strong trio of post-players is sidelined, then it’s up to the other two to pick up their inside-power games and support Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity basketball girls’ team’s senior-guard duo of Kendall Ashe and Ali Romano in running the team.
With sophomore Mackenzie Albrecht, the team’s leading rebounder and second top scorer, out with an injured leg, senior Ashley Vail and sophomore Delaney Swanson needed to step-up up for the Lady Dragons – hitting the boards at both ends of the court, playing tough defense and being productive on offense.
With Swanson and Vail coming up big by combining for 29 rebounds and 24 points, Sonoma staked a 28-16 halftime lead over the visiting Piner Prospector girls, held its ground, then completed a second-half surge that struck for a 56-34 Sonoma County League win Tuesday evening in Pfeiffer Gym.
Leading the Lady Dragons was Swanson’s double-double of a game-high 13 points to go with 14 rebounds and two assists; Vail’s double-double of 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds; Romano’s 10 points and one block; sophomore Alexa Hall’s six points, four rebounds and two assists; Ashe’s five points, seven rebounds and five assists; junior Giana Monterosso’s five points and two assists; and sophomore Megan Neely’s three points and three rebounds.
Sonoma’s varsity girls, who hosted league foe Elsie Allen last night – results not available at presstime – will wrap up their regular-season schedule with three final SCL games.
The Lady Dragons play at Healdsburg tomorrow evening, Saturday, Feb. 2, before returning for their home finale against Analy at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Pfeiffer Gym, followed by the regular-season finale at current first-place Petaluma on Thursday, Feb. 7, with a possible league title at stake.
Sonoma’s junior varsity hoops girls recently racked up two SCL runaway wins over El Molino, 61-17, and Piner, 53-12, and one close, hard-fought, 37-35 nonleague victory over Montgomery.
The Lady Dragon jayvees were led past Montgomery by Ciara Smith’s double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds to go with four blocked shots; Sierra Lilly’s six points, Laryssa Baker’s and Hanna Lemaire’s five each, and Rian Verdu’s four; Shelby Camilleri’s three points and five rebounds; Sami Von Gober’s one point and seven rebounds; and Angela Fulkerson’s one point and four rebounds.
In the El Molino rout, Sonoma was led by Lemaire’s 17 points, Von Gober’s 12, Lilly’s eight, six apiece by Camilleri, Smith and Verdu, Baker’s four and Bella Bollman’s two.
Leading the Lady Dragons’ pummeling of Piner were Fulkerson’s 15 points, Verdu’s 12, Bollman’s 10, Camilleri’s and Lilly’s six points each, and Von Gober’s four.
Sonoma’s freshman girl cagers recently chalked up a pair of 33-29 and 50-16 wins over Maria Carrillo and El Molino, respectively, while dropping a 27-25 heartbreaker to Montgomery.
In their big, hard-fought victory over Maria Carrillo, the frosh Lady Dragons were led by Jenny Eggers’ double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds to go with two steals; Emma Stanfield’s 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals; Renee O’Donnell’s four points and 13 rebounds; Raquel Darnell’s four points and two steals; and Nathalie Vega’s two points.
Sonoma was led past El Molino by Eggers’ game-high double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds; Stanfield’s 10 points and three steals; Darnell’s eight points and Brittany Richards’ six; and Berenice Gonzalez’s two points and five rebounds.
Pacing the Lady Dragons in their loss to Montgomery were Stanfield’s 12 points, three assists and three steals; O’Donnell’s 11 points, 12 rebounds and two steals; Darnell’s two points, seven rebounds and two steals; and Eggers’ 16 rebounds and Annie Greenslade’s seven.