Casa, St. Helena, Maria Carrillo girls advance

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Three of the six Redwood Empire girls teams — Casa Grande, Maria Carrillo and St. Helena — posted wins in Monday’s opening round of the West Coast Jamboree.
The Jamboree continues through Wednesday at six East Bay high school gyms.

Casa Grande rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Scotts Valley, 40-34, while Maria Carrillo easily handled St. Mary Academy, 50-26.
St. Helena advanced in its bracket by defeating St. Patrick/St. Vincent, 38-30.
Montgomery dropped into the loser’s bracket after dropping a 61-51 decision to San Jose Valley Christian.

Petaluma fell behind early while losing to Albany, 64-39, and Cloverdale fell to Terra Nova, 75-64.
Only three players scored for Casa Grande, but that proved to be all the Gauchos needed.
Lyndsey Murnin led the way with 19, including 10 in the pivotal fourth quarter. Stephanie Sack had 11 and Elaine Weaver finished with 10.

“It was a game of streaks,” coach Dan Sack said. “We got up by six at halftime, but then went ice-cold in the third quarter and gave up the lead.”
Casa plays Dublin at 7 tonight.

Montgomery was down five at the half and fell behind by 14 in the third quarter before coming back to make it a game.

“We got it down to six,” coach Steve Bell, “but couldn’t get any closer. I was encouraged the way we played. Valley Christian is a tough team coming out of a strong league.
“I was encouraged how we picked up the pace when it looked like we were out of the game. They tried to pressure us on defense and we were able to move the ball and make a run.
“We just weren’t able to knock down enough shots.”
The Vikings play Monte Vista at 2:30 p.m. today.