By DANIEL POULTER
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
HEALDSBURG — With three starters battling flu-like symptoms, Healdsburg’s girls basketball team cruised to a 58-14 win against visiting Kelseyville on Wednesday.
Healdsburg’s defense, which finished with 27 steals, was stingy all game, holding Kelseyville to single digits in each quarter.
Healdsburg started the game on a 16-0 run.
Kelseyville finally scored its first basket with 1:43 left in the first quarter.
Healdsburg led by 18 at the end of the first quarter, by 24 at halftime and by 39 at the end of three.
Healdsburg was led by Marcella Passalacqua, who had a game-high 12 points, six steals, five rebounds and four assists. Passalacqua left the game in the second quarter after she was hit in the eye during a play for the ball. She later returned.
Jelly Chesley also played well for Healdsburg, with nine points, five rebounds and six steals. Cassidy Jourdan had six points and eight assists.
Healdsburg coach Brian Osborn was unhappy with his team’s performance in the second quarter, when the Greyhounds scored only eight points and had multiple turnovers.
“I felt we had a better second half than first half,” Osborn said. “The girls worked hard in the second half.”
With the lopsided score, Healdsburg was able to empty its bench and get a lot of playing time for some of its reserves.
“Our young girls played a lot today,” Osborn said.
Kelseyville was led by sophomore Jeannie Johnson, who had eight points and six rebounds.
Healdsburg improved to 6-4.
Osborn said he feels confident that his team can compete in the SCL this season.
“If we work hard, who knows what will happen?” he said.