Girls basketball: Newman, Santa Rosa cruise

Cardinal Newman's Kylie Kiech (1) drives past Meagan Burke (4) during the first half on Thrusday. (ERIK CASTRO / For the Press Democrat)

Cardinal Newman’s Kylie Kiech (1) drives past Meagan Burke (4) during the first half on Thrusday.
(ERIK CASTRO / For the Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Cardinal Newman’s girls basketball team took advantage of cold shooting by Casa Grande to beat the Gauchos 40-31 in North Bay League action Thursday night in Petaluma.

The Cardinals’ defense held Casa to two points in the fourth quarter. The Gauchos connected on 1 of 16 shots in the period.

Kylie Kiech led Newman with 12 points. She was followed by Tiffany Salinas with 11 while Hailey Vice-Neat contributed eight.

Angela Llaveries was Casa’s top scorer with nine, one more than teammate Kayla Ryan.

SANTA ROSA 58, WINDSOR 37

Devin Murray scored 12 of her 17 points in the second half as the host Panthers posted the victory.
Santa Rosa led by three after one quarter and stretched the advantage to 26-13 at halftime.

“We played sluggish in the first half even though we had a good-sized lead,” Panthers coach Steve Chisholm said. “We played really well in the third and fourth quarters.”

While Murray led the way, center Morgan Bertsch had a solid game with 16 points.

Scoring honors for the game went to the Jaguars’ Kerianne Noonan. She had 19 and connected on four 3-pointers.

MONTGOMERY 76, RANCHO COTATE 39

The Vikings had their best scoring night of the year while defeating the host Cougars.

Montgomery’s previous high was 55 in a 14-point win over Vintage on Dec. 3.

The Vikings had been averaging 41 points per game.

Madison Nordby led the way with a season-high 24 points including six 3-point goals.

Niambi Saint Louis added 16 points. Abbey Lea had 12 and Hayley Komrij finished with 10.

“It was the first time this year we’ve had four players in double figures,” coach Steve Bell said. “Our defense set up a lot of points by creating opportunities in the open court.”

Nicole Guerrero took high-point honors for the Cougars with 17.

MARIA CARRILLO 40, UKIAH 29

The visiting Pumas took advantage of poor free-throw shooting by the Wildcats to get the win.

Ukiah made only 4 of 22 from the foul line.

Carrillo pulled away in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Wildcats 15-6.

Vai Thompson took scoring honors for the Pumas with 12 while Morgan Vendrick added 10.

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