Lady Dragons surge past Piner, Sonoma boys fall to Prospectors
Sophomore Delaney Swanson (No. 20) tracks down her deflected ball as teammate Kendall Ashe (back, right) follows the play during the Lady Dragons’ SCL win over Piner last 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 Prospector girls, held its ground, then completed a second-half surge that struck for a 56-34 Sonoma County League win last night in Pfeiffer Gym.
Another struggling start that put them into a 14-2 first-quarter hole again called for another daunting comeback, which Sonoma’s varsity basketball boys couldn’t complete and they ended up dropping a 68-46 Sonoma County League game decision to Piner Monday night in Santa Rosa.
Pacing the Dragons – who play SCL foe Elsie Allen at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Santa Rosa – was junior Jesse Summers’ 20 points.