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Lady Dragons fade in finale

Though entering the final game of the Sonoma County League season knowing the outcome wouldn’t change their second-place status and second-seeding for the postseason SCL Tournament, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball girls still had some unfinished business at hand in the form of a payback.

In Friday evening’s senior night and regular-season finale in Pfeiffer Gym, the Lady Dragons faced SCL champion Analy without the services of junior standout Delaney Swanson, sidelined with a possible minor concussion, but they still were determined to avenge their first-game loss between the two longtime rivals.

Sonoma was undefeated heading into the first showdown last month, but struggled without its best player, junior Mackenzie Albrecht, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury, and lost a game that eventually cost it a title as the visiting Tiger girls kept on winning.

Without their top two all-around players, Sonoma battled through offensive woes with tough-minded defense behind an outstanding effort from junior center Ciara Smith, who ended up setting a new school girls’ record with a jaw-dropping 15 blocked shots, and trailed just 25-23 after three quarters.

But, with their scoring problems continuing, the Lady Dragons faded in the fourth quarter and Analy ended up winning 37-25 to go undefeated in SCL play after 12 games.

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