After dominating the action en route to a convincing season-opening win over a team a division lower than them, Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity basketball girls faced a higher division team Tuesday night in Pfeiffer Gym and found themselves on the wrong side of a one-sided decision.
From the opening tap, the Lady Dragons found themselves floundering to find some offense through a first half that saw them make only one field goal against a tough Napa team, which got some major payback avenging last year's loss with a runaway 52-26 victory in the annual nonleague battle between the two schools.
Pacing Sonoma were junior Ciara Smith’s six points, 11 rebounds and one blocked shot; junior Mackenzie Albrecht’s five points and 10 rebounds; junior Delaney Swanson's five points and three rebounds; senior Megan Neely’s two points and five rebounds; junior Alexis Hall and sophomore Bella Bollman’s three points each, and junior Laryssa Baker’s two; junior Shelby Camilleri’s four rebounds and one block; and senior Maddie Burningham's three rebounds.
Rounding out the varsity Lady Dragons’ roster – directed by head coach Sil Coccia and assistant coaches Steve Semenero, Dino Minatta and Sheila Brady – are senior Giana Monterosso and juniors Hanna Lemaire and Sierra Lilly.
The Sonoma varsity girls are currently hosting their 17th annual Dragon Classic, which started last night and continues this afternoon and evening, with the tournament ending tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 7, in Pfeiffer Gym.
In last night's opening-round action – results not available at presstime – the Lady Dragons battled Terra Linda; Analy faced Vintage; defending champion Montgomery took on Northgate; and Menlo-Atherton played San Marin.
This evening’s tourney games have the four first-round losers playing each other at 4 and 5:30 p.m., while the four opening-round winners advance to the 7 and 8:30 p.m. semifinals.
If Sonoma won its opener, it will play in tonight’s 8:30 p.m. semifinal against the Menlo-Atherton versus San Marin winners.
The Dragon Classic title showdown takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, preceded by the seventh-place game at 1:30, the consolation championhship at 3, and the third-place contest at 4:30 p.m.
Sonoma’s junior varsity hoops girls routed visiting Drake 48-10 last week, and then used a late fourth-quarter rally to upend a good Napa team 43-39 Tuesday evening in Pfeiffer Gym.
The Lady Dragon jayvees were led past Drake by sophomore Jenny Eggers’ game-high 14 points, sophomore Renee O'Donnell’s 11, sophomore Emma Stanfield’s six, freshman Alanna Johnston’s five, frosh Grace Cuttings’ four, sophomore Sami Von Gober’s three, sophomore Rocky Darnell and frosh Kayla Field’s two each, and frosh Katie Stovall’s one.
Sonoma’s jayvee girls’ results in their win over Napa were not available at presstime.