Sonoma Academy Finds Success On Road In Girls Basketball Playoffs

Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

Going on the road again, Sonoma Academy faces a difficult foe in St. Joseph Notre Dame in the girls’ section basketball playoffs Wednesday.

But the Coyotes are playing their best basketball including a comeback win at Hoopa Valley on Saturday.

After a seven hour trek to Hoopa Valley, the Coyotes started well only to have Hoopa Valley take the lead in the second quarter. Sonoma  Academy’s next lead was the game’s final score after Maxmarie Wilmoth hit a 3-point shot for the 54-53 victory.

“Of course we would have loved to play at Sonoma Academy, but it was an exciting basketball environment and it’s always nice to go on the road and quiet the crowd,” said Sonoma Academy coach Kevin Christensen.  “Our team is undefeated in games decided by 7 points or less, so we knew we were capable of winning a close game.”

The Coyotes are led by junior guard Kate Bayes, who is closing in on 1500 career points and averages nearly 22 points a game this season. In addition to Wilmoth, the Coyotes’ starting lineup also has Kiana Herold, Tori Gimpel and Willow Gallagher. 

Sonoma Academy hopes to stay close with St. Joseph Notre Dame, top seed in the North Coast Section Division 5 playoffs and 11th among all schools in the section. Sonoma Academy is 25-4. St. Joseph Notre Dame is 21-4.

“We have a ton of respect for St Joe’s but are excited to compete against the best and win or lose should help us prepare for the Nor Cal championships,” Christensen said.

By reaching the Division 5 semifinals, Sonoma Academy will get a berth in the CIF State Nor Cal playoffs.