Young Gauchos Coming Together

Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

Despite a streaky start, the Casa Grande girls’ basketball team is finding enough scoring and defense to make the Gauchos tough to beat when league play starts next week.

With only one senior and the loss of All-Empire forward Gretchen Harrigan, the Gauchos have struggled at times. But after winning four and losing four, Casa Grande appears back on track with three wins in the past four games.

Casa Grande completed non-league play taking third place in their division at the West Coast Jamboree classic. The tournament, featuring 150 teams, was held at high schools and colleges throughout the East Bay.

Stephanie Sack made the All-Tournament team with her best outing in the come from behind win over Vista Del Lago in the third place game. Casa Grande’s catalyst as both a point guard and scorer, Sack put in 21 points and handed out 5 assists – close to her season averages. The junior also grabbed 5 rebounds as the Gauchos improved to 7-5 on the season.

Helping pick up the scoring slack so far on the year is Lyndsey Murnin, a sophomore in her first year on varsity. Highlighting her tournament was a 19 point game, including 4 rebounds and 3 steals, in the win over Scott’s Valley.

Rebounding leader Brooke Santander is finding her way down low as a power forward.  A freshman, Santander is using quickness to score more around the basket and could post double figures in points and rebounds in games.

After missing the first two jamboree games, Kiana Davis helped spark the comeback victory over Vista Del Lago. A second year starter as a sophomore, Davis is an athletic wing who scores in double figures and is a tough defender who forces turnovers.

Casa Grande’s lone senior, Elaine Weaver, is back in the lineup after recovering from surgery for a broken nose in the season’s first game.

The Gauchos will need to remain healthy to stay near the top of the Sonoma County League. With competitive teams from top to bottom, the race is wide open. Analy, Sonoma Valley and Casa Grande are favored with Windsor leading the rest of the pack.