Lady Dragons pummel Piner
Albrecht’s 18 boards, 15 points fuel win, Sonoma host ’Hounds; JV, frosh update
Sonoma’s sophomore standout Mackenzie Albrecht, seen powering up a shot between three Justin-Siena defenders in an earlier nonleague game in Pfeiffer Gym, turned in a dominating double-double performance in leading the Lady Dragons to a one-sided SCL win Tuesday night at Piner.
In the wake of sophomore Mackenzie Albrecht’s dominating double-double performance fueling the Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball girls’ second straight Sonoma County League road win, head coach Sil Coccia stated, “What a monster game for Mackenzie, who’s a rebounding machine.”
Coccia was referring to Albrecht’s 18-rebound effort in less than three quarters of court-time during the Lady Dragons’ runaway 65-39 victory over new SCL school-member Piner Tuesday night in Santa Rosa.
After scoring 23 first-quarter points, but yielding 13 to the girl Prospectors, who suited only six players for the game, both teams managed nine points each in the second quarter and Sonoma had only a three-possession, nine-point halftime lead.
But the Lady Dragons left Piner in the dust with a 20-point third quarter and cruised to their one-sided triumph behind the strong post-play of Albrecht, senior Ashley Vail and sophomore Delaney Swanson, and the court leadership and production of senior point guard Kendall Ashe.
Sonoma was led by Albrecht’s game-high double-double of 15 points and 18 rebounds; Vail’s 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists; Ashe’s 11 points, three assists, three rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot; senior Ali Romano’s nine points, two blocks, two steals and two assists; sophomore Alexa Hall’s eight points; Swanson’s seven points, seven rebounds, two steals, two assists and one block; and junior Giana Monterosso’s three points and one block.
The Lady Dragons, who played at the other new league member, Elsie Allen, last night – results not available at presstime – return home to host longtime SCL rival Healdsburg this Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Pfeiffer Gym, with the junior varsity starting at 6, and the varsity playing at 7:30 p.m.
On the heels of a busy preseason, the Sonoma girls’ jayvee and frosh hoops teams have begun their SCL campaigns.
Sonoma’s jayvee girls – directed by head coach Jan Thorpe and assistant coach Ashley Morovich – finished the preseason with a 7-3 record and include sophomores Sierra Lilly, Bella Bollman, Ciara Smith, Laryssa Baker, Shelby Camilleri, Angela Fulkerson, Hanna Lemaire and Rian Verdu; and frosh Sami Von Gober.
The Lady Dragon jayvees opened their SCL season last Saturday in Forestville by routing El Molino 54-11, led by Camilleri’s 13 points and five rebounds; Smith’s 12 points and seven rebounds; Lemaire’s 12 points and four steals; Bollman’s six points; Von Gober’s four points and five rebounds; and Lilly’s and Fulkerson’s three points each.
On Tuesday evening in Santa Rosa, the jayvee Lady Dragons defeated Piner 37-5, led by Smith’s 10 points and seven rebounds; on Gober’s seven points, four rebounds and four steals; four points apiece by Lemaire, Camilleri and Fulkerson; and Baker’s and Lilly’s three points each, and Bollman’s two.
Sonoma’s frosh girl cagers have a 14-5 overall record after routing Analy 42-17 in their SCL opener on Tuesday – league members El Molino, Piner and Elsie Allen do not have frosh girls’ teams.
Comprising Sonoma’s frosh hoops girls’ squad – directed by head coach Mark Burningham and assistant coach Brittney Rachuy – are Renee O’Donnell, Raquel Darnell, Emma Stanfield, Jenny Eggers, Annie Greenslade, Berenice Gonzalez, Brittany Richards, Tsering Sherpa and Nathalie Vega.
Leading the Lady Dragons past Analy were Stanfield’s 13 points, eight steals and three assists; Eggers’ 12 points and eight rebounds; O’Donnell’s six points and seven rebounds; Greenslade’s five points, seven rebounds and two steals; Gonzalez’s four points and two steals; and Darnell’s two points, six rebounds and two steals.
In last month’s tourney action, Sonoma’s frosh girls beat host Windsor 35-28 to capture third place in its tournament, as Eggers received all-tourney honors.
Then the Lady Dragon frosh won the consolation championship in the Cardinal Newman Tourney, with Stanfield named to the all-tourney team.
Last Saturday, the Lady Dragons traveled to Acalanes and dropped a close 28-26 decision, paced by Eggers’ 10 points, Darnell’s seven, O’Donnell’s six and Stanfield’s three.