By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
HEALDSBURG — HelenAnn Haun scored a career-high 19 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, as the host Greyhounds defeated San Rafael, 47-30, Friday night to advance to the finals of the 64th annual Redwood Empire Invitational Basketball Tournament.
Healdsburg, which hasn’t won its own tournament in eight years, will face Novato tonight at 7:30. The Hornets advanced by defeating Willits, 59-37.
The Healdsburg boys have also made it to their final. They defeated Rincon Valley Christian, 56-46, in one of Friday’s semifinals.
The Greyhounds will face Marin Catholic, a 63-49 winner over Moreau Catholic, at 6 p.m.
Haun got a hot hand when her team needed it most. San Rafael had cut a 13-point deficit to five with five minutes to play. The senior responded with eight straight points on three field goals and a pair of free throws.
Haun’s hot hand seemed to energize the Healdsburg defense and the Bulldogs didn’t score over the final 4:38.
“We got a little worried early in the fourth quarter, but we knew we’d succeed,” Haun said. “We started pushing the ball up the court quickly and pressing them on defense. Once we got it going, we finished the game strong.”
Haun’s previous game high was 14 points.
The teams were playing for the second time in 11 days. Healdsburg won the first meeting, 64-34.
The Greyhounds used a 12-0 run in the first quarter to take control of the game. Sophomore Ivanna Olivarez hit a pair of 3-point shots during the spurt.
The lead was 26-19 at halftime as Haun and Emily Desepte each had eight points.
“We started strong, but got a little erratic in the second half,” co-head coach Jimmy Gonnella said. “We’re a young team and learn from every game. The best thing about this team is our positive attitude.”
Haun is the only senior on the 12-girl squad.
Kendall Clark led the San Rafael attack with 19. The freshman also scored 19 in the first round win over Clear Lake.
Healdsburg will take a 4-2 record into tonight’s championship while San Rafael will try to improve on its 3-4 mark, against Willits in the third place game.
The Healdsburg boys held RVC to one point in the second quarter while assuming a 28-13 halftime lead.
The Lutz brothers carried the scoring load for the home team. Freshman Jonah Lutz had 20 and senior Cameron Lutz knocked down 19.
Garrett Robert was high man for the Eagles with 15, one more than Cavin Hawkins.