Putting together another strong defensive effort, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball girls wrapped up their Sonoma County League road trips with a resounding 46-18 victory Wednesday night at Healdsburg.
With the runaway win, the Lady Dragons improved their SCL record to 9-2 and secured both second place and the second seed for next week’s annual postseason SCL Tournament, where they’ll host third-place Petaluma in the tourney opener at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Pfeiffer Gym.
The Sonoma girls will end their regular season hosting champion Analy – the SCL Tourney top seed, who will host fourth-seed Healdsburg in the opening round – at 7:30 tonight in Pfeiffer Gym, preceded by the 6 p.m. junior varsity game.
Before tonight’s varsity tipoff, Sonoma will honor its three seniors Maddie Burningham, Giana Monterosso and Megan Neely.
In soundly defeating Healdsburg, the Lady Dragons were in defense mode right from the opening tip, adding solid offensive execution as they built up a 24-5 halftime advantage en route to the 28-point rout fueled by the all-around play of Monterosso and juniors Shelby Camilleri, Ciara Smith and Delaney Swanson.
“Just a stifling defensive performance. The girls played with the appropriate sense of urgency for a game that secured second place and an SCL Tourney home game versus Petaluma next week,” said Sonoma head coach Sil Coccia. “Shelby (Camilleri) had her best overall game of the season, and Ciara (Smith) was a game-changing force in the paint. Great momentum going into the senior-night game versus Analy.”
Leading Sonoma past the Greyhound girls were Swanson’s 12 points and nine rebounds; junior Sierra Lilly’s 11 points; Smith’s eight points, a career-high 14 rebounds, eight blocks and two assists; Camilleri’s six points, nine rebounds, five deflections and two steals; Monterosso’s four points and six assists; Neely’s four points and four rebounds; and junior Alexa Hall’s one point.
Sonoma’s freshman hoops girls, coached by Mark Burningham, recently ended their season winning five of their last seven games, including a 34-10 rout of SCL rival Analy, to finish the 2013-14 campaign with a 13-9 overall record.
“It was another good season and I’m proud of the girls, who as team held their opponents to a low average of 22 points a game,” said Burningham. “Our offensive skills and execution took a little longer to develop, but over their last four games they averaged more than 32 points a game.”
In their season-ending victory over Analy, everyone on the roster scored for the frosh Lady Dragons, led by Brianna Gorman’s seven points, Belen Fonseca’s six, four each by Bella Fanucchi, Maddie Cashel and Georgi Scheiblich, two points apiece by Emily Greenslade, Anita Scheiblich, Quinn Cordero and Shelby Decker, and Sydney Moore’s one.