Viking girls fall to Redwood

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Going into Wednesday afternoon’s game, Montgomery High girls basketball coach Steve Bell was concerned a 10-day layoff and having three players sidelined might be too much to overcome against visiting Redwood.

Redwood's Annie Boyer fouls Montgomery's Chantal Evett. Photo by Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat

Until midway through the third quarter, it appeared the Vikings would handle the adversity and win anyway. However, the reigning North Bay League champs scored only 11 points in the final 12 minutes and Redwood rallied for a 44-36 victory.
Afterwards, Bell refused to make excuses.

“We just got outplayed in the second half,” Bell said. “The girls played hard, but didn’t execute the way we need to and we weren’t aggressive as we should’ve been.”
While the inactivity and having Kiana Hawkins, Anandi Jimenez and Heather Lockerbie in street clothes certainly put Montgomery at a disadvantage, the Vikings were still in a position to win until senior guard Sarah Fitzgerald left the game after taking an elbow to the head while going for a rebound.

That happened with 1:15 left in the third. Fitzgerald was unable to shoot her free throws, and when Kelsey Dayton deputized and made both shots, the Vikings trailed only 28-27.
However, Redwood finished the game on a 16-9 run with nine of those points coming from beyond the arc.

Redwood was playing its third game in four days and had trouble getting into the flow. The team from Larkspur trailed 17-15 at the half. The Giants played three games in the Annie Scott Tournament at Drake High, defeating Ukiah, 48-33, for seventh place Tuesday night.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” coach Diane Peterson said. “Surprisingly, I think we got stronger as the game progressed. We pushed the ball up the court and played smart. That’s something we’ve been working on.”

Redwood is 4-3.
Redwood had nine players score, with Lauren Toy and Annie Boyer leading the way with nine points each.

Sophomore Chantal Evett paced the Vikings with 11. Fitzgerald tossed in nine before getting injured.
Last year, Montgomery advanced to CIF Division 2 playoffs after winning the NBL with a 13-1 record. The Vikings finished the season 24-8.

This season, Montgomery began its campaign by capturing the Dragon Classic at Sonoma Valley.
Bell is hoping to have his injured players — Fitzgerald (head), Hawkins (ankle), Jimenez (flu) and Lockerbie (knee) — when Montgomery returns to action Monday for the three-day West Coast Jamboree.

The Vikings (5-2) are playing in the Topaz Division with their games at Las Positas College in Livermore. In its 4 p.m. opener, Montgomery plays San Jose Valley Christian (5-2).