Battle For Title In NBL Girls’ Basketball

Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

Montgomery’s girls are the North Bay League’s best team. Santa Rosa has the most talent. Ursuline features the top player. Maria Carrillo is scrappiest.

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While all four will make the North Coast Section playoffs, this final week of action and the league playoffs will give the hottest teams an edge when it counts most.

Montgomery’s march to the regular season title was slowed by a home loss to Maria Carrillo on Wednesday – the Vikings first NBL defeat this season.

Playing together better of late, the Pumas have won four straight since leading scorer and energizer Taylor graham was lost for the season with a torn lefty knee ligament.

In rhythm on offense and playing customary pressure defense, Maria Carrillo led Montgomery by 13 at the half and held off the Vikings in another close league contest.

Montgomery (19-4 overall/10-1 in league play) remains the team to beat.

Santa Rosa (16-7/9-2) is hot with five straight league victories.

Maria Carrillo (15-8/9-2) has proven a tough opponent.

Ursuline (15-8/8-3) looks to finish strong.

Analy Takes SCL Regular Season Championship

Undefeated with a week to play, Analy wrapped up the Sonoma County League title after a home win over Sonoma Valley on Thursday.

The Tigers (17-5 overall, 9-0 in league play) took the regular season title for a second consecutive year – the school’s first back to back championships.

Second place Casa Grande (15-9/7-3) appears headed to the league playoffs and Sonoma Valley (14-9/6-4) should be in good shape as well.

The fourth spot comes down to Windsor and Petaluma. Windsor (12-11/5-5) has difficult games remaining at Petaluma and home against Analy. Petaluma (12-11/5-4) also faces a tough finish, getting Windsor and Casa Grande at home before finishing at Sonoma Valley.

Saturday’s games: Casa Grande at El Molino; Healdsburg at Analy; Windsor at Petaluma. Game times are 7:30 p.m.