Sonoma girl cagers fall to Drake, San Marin

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The Sonoma Valley High Lady Dragon cagers lost two of three games in their own tournament this weekend.

Montgomery won the tournament beating Ukiah 53-30 in the title game after beating San Marin 55-22 in the first round, and beating Analy 60-28 in the semifinals.

The Dragons, on the other hand, lost to Drake 63-39 on Thursday, beat San Domenico 53-47 on Friday and lost to San Marin 36-22 in the consolation game on Saturday.

Thursday, Sonoma and Drake were separated by only two points after the first quarter, but Drake went on a 20-7 second-quarter run to take a 15-point lead at halftime. Sophie Lucchetti and Annie Neles each had 12 points, Kennedy Midgley had eight points and eight rebounds, Sophia Riebli, Marcela Reyes and Shauna Johnston each had two points and Kaitlyn Dunevent had one point.

Friday, the Lady Dragons fell behind San Domenico by as many as nine points in the first half but rallied and were within a point at the half.

“We had a strong second quarter to close the gap and go into half down only one,” said Lady Dragon Coach Jann Thorpe. “The third quarter was an even match for both teams and then we really put together a good fourth quarter to hold of a very scrappy San Domenico team.”

Neles led the Lady Dragons with 19 points and eight rebounds, Lucchetti had 10 points, Midgley had nine points and eight rebounds. “Erin Gylfe hit some big shots for us in the fourth and finished with nine points,” Thorpe said. Johnston had four points and five rebounds, Chelsey Crespo had two points and Jovana Saldana had a point.

Saturday, Sonoma came out flat against San Marin and just never got it together.

“We couldn’t get any flow into our offense and didn’t take care of the ball at all,” Thorpe said. “Defensively, we were a step slow on ball and in our rotation. This was a disappointing loss not only because the way we played, but because this was a game we should have won.”

Midgely had seven points and nine rebounds, Lucchetti had five points, Crespo had four points, Neles had three points and five rebounds, Dunevent had two points while Johnston, Saldana and Reibli had one point each.

Neles was named to the all-tournament team. “Annie was the motor to this team this tournament and brings so much energy on both ends of the floor,” Thorpe said.

The Lady Dragons’ record is 2-2.

Sonoma travels to Analy for a game tonight (Tuesday) and will play in the Carrillo Tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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