Romano’s school record-tying 6 treys fuel Lady Dragons rout of Healdsburg
Sonoma boys can’t keep up with Greyhounds on the SCL road
Sonoma’s Mackenzie Albrecht corrals one of her game-high 15 rebounds as teammates Delaney Swanson (No. 20) and Giana Monterosso (No. 11) follow the play during the Lady Dragons’ SCL win over Healdsburg last night in Pfeiffer Gym.
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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 last night’s 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.
Getting off to a slow start will always amp-up the pressure for a comeback, so keeping the score close lessens the urgency of the rally.
After just the opening quarter of their first SCL road game of the season on Monday evening, Sonoma’s varsity basketball boys were mired in an unfortunate 19-7 hole, and by halftime there was a definite urgency as they trailed Healdsburg 35-20.
The visiting Dragons did make a second-half run, which included shaving three points off their deficit in the third quarter, and putting up 21 in the fourth.
But Sonoma couldn’t slow down the Greyhounds, who maintained their double-digit advantage and finished with a 66-53 SCL win.