Girls basketball: El Molino races past Elsie Allen


FORESTVILLE — Looking to turn around a dismal start to its season, El Molino found the answer with a quick layup off the opening tip on its way to Monday’s 50-22 win against Elsie Allen.

“We have been struggling,” El Molino coach Keith Norby said. “It was a really good team win for us. This was fun.”

Kayla Allen led the Lions with 16 points and three rebounds.

A pair of 3-pointers by Brianna Frazer and three by Allen pushed El Molino’s halftime lead to 30-7, and the Lions never looked back in their second Sonoma County League win of the season.

“We talked about how everyone’s got to step up, and everyone started scoring. It worked out,” Norby said.

Frazon recorded 15 points, Rachel Spain had seven, and Alondra Perez chipped in six points and three assists. Madison Dean, Marina Romelli and Liz Robison each scored for the Lions, as well.

Moving the ball around was the key to the Lions’ offense, Allen said.

“Most teams kill us, so this was better for us to shoot,” she said.

“We have been having trouble running our plays, so we just need to get those started.”

The Lions have had to change plays multiple times in order to adjust to the size of their opponents on the floor, Norby said.

“We are just working with what we have (size-wise),” he said, “and we have been working really hard on our offense.”

Nancy Mateo set the pace for Elsie Allen in the second half, scoring 12 points and grabbing four rebounds. Kathy Nguyen had four points for the Lobos, and Tina Gnork, Betzabe Rosas and Maritza Lopez also scored.

With the win, El Molino improved its record to 4-11 and 2-2 in the SCL.

Elsie Allen dropped to 10-5 and 2-1.

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