Sonoma, Petaluma face off for fourth time

After a Sonoma County League second-place finish and a postseason SCL Tournament opening-round loss play adding up to a 14-13 overall record, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity girls’ basketball team received the 11th seed in a 12-team field for the North Coast Section Division-3 playoffs.

Because of the stunning disqualification of state Division-3 and five-time defending NCS champion Bishop O’Dowd for playing one game over the maximum 26-game schedule, all teams moved up in the seeding order and the 11th-seeded Lady Dragons will have to play on the road against an all-too-familiar SCL rival, Petaluma.

Leading Sonoma against the sixth-seeded Trojan girls in tonight’s 7 p.m. NCS opener in Petaluma are standout juniors Delaney Swanson and Ciara Smith, who, on Sunday, received SCL all-league first-team honors.

Swanson is a repeat SCL first-team selection, while Smith is a first-year all-leaguer.

For the Lady Dragons (14-13 record) and Petaluma (18-10), tonight’s showdown in the NCS first-round will be their fourth clash this season, with Sonoma winning the first regular-season meeting at home, then falling to the Trojan girls in both the second seasonal game away, and the tourney opener in Pfeiffer Gym.

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