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Sonoma girls continue long road trip

Sonoma’s Ciara Smith (left) controls the ball on her way to the floor as teammate Megan Neely (front) arrives to assist on the play during an earlier Lady Dragons’ nonleague win in Pfeiffer Gym. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Sonoma’s Ciara Smith (left) controls the ball on her way to the floor as teammate Megan Neely (front) arrives to assist on the play during an earlier Lady Dragons’ nonleague win in Pfeiffer Gym. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

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On the heels of five straight home games to start the 2013-14 schedule, Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity basketball girls are on an extended road trip that began last week in Lafayette, extended through Miramonte’s Mats Tournament in the East Bay, and continues through Napa and into Arizona.

The Lady Dragons play a 7:30 p.m. nonleague game at Justin-Siena tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 21, before making their annual holiday trek to Arizona to compete in the challenging Cactus Jam in Tempe from Friday through Monday, Dec. 27 to 30.

Sonoma’s girl cagers open their Sonoma County League season on Wednesday, Jan. 8, when they host longtime SCL rival Petaluma in Pfeiffer Gym with freshmen start at 4:30, junior varsity play at 6, and the varsity tips off at 7:30 p.m.

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Sonoma’s jayvee hoops girls, coached by Jann Thorpe, turned three strong performances into three straight victories en route to capturing last weekend’s Miramonte-hosted Mats Jayvee Tournament title, with sophomore Jenny Eggers earning all-tourney honors.

The Lady Dragon jayvees beat Clayton Valley 47-22 in the tournament opener, led by Eggers’ 13 points, sophomore Sami Von Gober’s 12, freshman Kayla Field’s nine, frosh Grace Cutting’s seven, sophomore Emma Stanfield’s four and sophomore Annie Greenslade’s two.

Sonoma’s jayvees then routed Campolindo 64-13 in the semifinals behind Eggers’ 12 points, sophomore Renee O’Donnell’s 11, Von Gober and Field’s 10 each, Cutting’s nine, frosh Alanna Johnston’s eight, and Stanfield and Greenslade’s two apiece.

In the tourney title game, the Lady Dragons defeated host Miramonte 59-22, led by Eggers’ game-high 19 points, Cutting’s 11, Field’s eight, O’Donnell’s six, frosh Katie Stovall’s five, Von Gober’s four, and two each by Greenslade, Johnston and Stanfield.

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Sonoma’s frosh hoops girls, coached by Mark Burningham, won the consolation championship at last weekend’s Windsor Freshman Tournament, with Bella Fanucchi earning all-tourney honors.

After dropping a tournament-opening 34-13 decision to Drake, the frosh Lady Dragons routed Rancho Cotate 46-10, and then defeated Napa 39-18 in the tourney’s consolation championship game.

Leading Sonoma past Napa were Quinn Cordero’s 11 points, Anita Scheiblich’s six, four each by Brianna Gorman, Maddie Cashel, Emily Greenslade and Shelby Decker, and two apiece by Fanucchi, Sydney Moore and Georgi Scheiblich.

The Lady Dragons were led to their win over Rancho by Fanucchi’s eight points, Gorman’s seven, six each by Cordero, Cashel and Georgi Scheiblich, Moore’s four, Decker’s three and two apiece by Greenslade, Anita Scheiblich and Belen Fonseca.

Sonoma was paced in its loss to Drake by Fanucchi and Gorman’s four points each, Decker and Greenslade’s two apiece, and Anita Scheiblich’s one.