Girls basketball: Sonoma Valley blows past foe


SEBASTOPOL — The Sonoma Valley girls’ basketball team jumped out to a 37-3 lead at halftime on their way to a dominant 51-3 victory over the Elsie Allen Lobos, Friday night.

“We respect our opponent no matter what,” Sonoma Valley head coach Sil Coccia said in response to the lopsided score. “At the same time, we are on a definite course and a mission and have specific objectives of how we want to finish the season.”

The Dragons used the game as a stepping stone to prepare for a tougher week against opponents like Analy or Petaluma, he added. The Dragons didn’t using a pressing defense, but did return its focus to defensive strategies aimed at what the coached called the “most important week of the schedule.”

“Our hallmark is our defensive intensity and that has to be maintained,” Coccia said. “We need to manage our ball safety and execute the way we need to on offense so that our defense can carry the day. It needs to carry the day.”

Mackenzie Albrecht led the Dragons in the first half with eight of her total 10 points, while nine other Sonoma Valley players also scored.

“We just have to stick to our fundamentals because games like these help us prepare,” Albrecht said. The little things, she said, are the most important aspects to remember in games like this one.

“We were very patient and we waited for our opportunities. We weren’t forcing the ball.”

Sierra Lilly recorded 10 points and Delaney Swanson finished with eight points, four assists, and a rebound for the Dragons. Point guard Giana Monterosso chipped in seven points two assists, while Alexa Hall had five.

“These are steps that help us reach our goal,” Monterosso said

Megan Neely recorded four points, while Hanna Lemaire and Shelby Camilleri each added two points. Lemaire led in assists with three. Ciara Smith hit a free throw and led in rebounding with nine.

The Lobos’ Nancy Mateo had the only bucket for Elsie Allen, and Kathy Nguyen recorded a free throw. Samantha Nichols led the Lobos in rebounding with four, while Nguyen grabbed three and Betzabe Rosas snagged two.

Elsie Allen coach Donald Peoples is looking for a team to rally together, he said, in order to overcome any lack of talent that might be on the squad.

“We have limited basketball experience,” Peoples said. “A lot of these girls started playing when they came to this high school. Once they get to play enough together, then they’ll be all right.”

The Lobos dropped to 0-10 overall and 0-4 in the Sonoma County League, while the Dragons improved to 9-8 overall and remain undefeated in the league, at 4-0. The key to turning around the season after a dismal start, Peoples said, is to just give the team more time to gel together.

“We just want to keep working on getting back on defense and rebounding,” he said. “We play hard and we just have our own internal goals like simply competing.”

Sonoma Valley returns to the court at 6 p.m. on Monday as they face Maria Carrillo in Santa Rosa.

Elsie Allen will host Roseland Prep at 6:30 p.m. Saturday before returning to league play at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday when they travel to Petaluma.

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