Tomales girls gain historic 55-36 win in title game

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

TOMALES — Arika Martinoni’s 27 points and a sticky Braves’ defense proved too much for Ferndale here Friday night as the hosts coasted to a 55-36 victory in North Coast Section Division 6 girls basketball finals.

It was the first NCS basketball title in the school’s history, according to coach Chris Kenyon.

Martinoni scored 16 in the first half as Tomales raced to a 34-13 halftime lead. The 5-foot-7 senior also had eight steals and seven rebounds.

Ferndale committed 28 turnovers, a majority of those in the first half.

Tomales opened the game with a 10-0 run.

“It was my best game of the year,” said Martinoni, who came in with a 10-point average. “It’s an amazing feeling because this was our goal from the start of the season.” Martinoni also had eight steals and seven rebounds.

This was the third year NCS has put on a Division 6 playoff for girls and the third year a team from the North Central II — South Conference has taken home the trophy. Rincon Valley Christian won in 2009-10.

“We came out of the gate smoking,” coach Kenyon said. “We didn’t know much about Ferndale, so we figured if we came out and got an early lead, we’d put them on their heels.

“The girls were nervous being in a championship but when those first few shots fell, everyone loosened up.”

Nerves also were affecting Ferndale.

“The girls had never been in a game of this magnitude and had never been in an environment like we faced tonight,” said Ferndale coach Kellen Maynard.

“Really, there was nothing we could do to stop them in that first half because they wouldn’t miss. Hats off to Tomales, they earned the title.”

Sara Souza. a sophomore, scored 11 for Tomales. “She averaged 15 per game in our three tournament wins,” Kenyon said. “I”m looking forward to having her two more years.”

Kaitlyn Regli led Ferndale with 17.

Tomales finished the year 19-8 while Ferndale wound up 13-15.