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SCL opens, Lady Dragons host Wednesday

Junior Tristan Mertens gains control of the ball near the basket during the Dragons’ recent nonleague loss to Terra Linda in Pfeiffer Gym. Bill Hoban/ Index-Tribune

Junior Tristan Mertens gains control of the ball near the basket during the Dragons’ recent nonleague loss to Terra Linda in Pfeiffer Gym. Bill Hoban/ Index-Tribune

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On the heels of a challenging preseason schedule, with three tournament appearances, including a trip to Arizona for the annual Cactus Jam in Tempe, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball girls (5-8 nonleague record) open their Sonoma County League season against the defending SCL champions.

The Lady Dragons host Petaluma tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Pfeiffer Gym, with the freshmen starting at 4:30, the junior varsity playing at 6, and the varsity tipping off at 7:30 p.m.

Sonoma’s girl cagers will then host SCL foe El Molino this Friday, Jan. 10, starting with the jayvees at 4, and the varsity game slated for 5:30 p.m.

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In their final preseason test against a solid nonleague foe, Sonoma’s varsity basketball boys dropped a 60-35 decision Saturday night at Windsor.

The Dragons will remain on the road to open their 2014 SCL season tonight at Healdsburg, followed by league games at Petaluma and El Molino this Saturday, Jan. 11, and next Tuesday, Jan. 14, respectively, before hosting Piner on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Pacing the Sonoma boy cagers in their loss to Windsor were senior Jesse Summers’ 10 points, junior Cyle Gusse’s eight, junior Ryan Wilbanks’ six, junior Tristan Mertens’ three, seniors Andy Chavez and Jack Murphy’s two each, and junior Trevor Welch’s one.

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Sonoma’s jayvee hoops boys fell 43-22 at Windsor on Saturday after the Dragon frosh boys posted a 64-44 win, led by Eric Bailey’s double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Colton Mertens’ double-double of 10 points and 10 assists.

Pacing the jayvee Dragons were sophomore Max Yankovich’s six points, seven rebounds and three steals; sophomore Edwin Reyes’ five points; sophomore Kevin Hurtado’s four points and three rebounds; sophomore Miles’ Pimentel’s three points; sophomore Austin Chapin’s one point; and sophomore Travis Claeys’ five rebounds.