Girls basketball: Carrillo tops Sonoma to cap NBL sweep

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Maria Carrillo defense swarms Sonoma Valley's Giana Monterosso during their game in Sonoma on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (Photo by Conner Jay, The Press Democrat)

The Maria Carrillo defense swarms Sonoma Valley’s Giana Monterosso during their game in Sonoma on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (Photo by Conner Jay, The Press Democrat)

SONOMA — The North Bay League swept the Sonoma County League in the fifth annual Martin Luther King Day Challenge on Monday and capped the day with a victory by Maria Carrillo over the host Dragons.

All six games were decided in the Sonoma Valley gym.

Carrillo, playing perhaps its best game of the season, defeated Sonoma, 44-29. It was the third year in a row the two schools have met in the MLK Challenge and Carrillo has won all three.

At the start, it looked like this would be Sonoma’s year as the Dragons raced to a 9-2 lead and had a 10-7 advantage at the end of one quarter.

The second period saw three lead changes before the Pumas took the lead for good, 20-19, on Drew Nicklas’ 3-pointer, 25 seconds before halftime.

The game stayed close until Carrillo went on an 8-0 run late in the third quarter. Morgan Vendrick and Myranda Gradney both nailed 3-pointers and Nicklas added a 2-pointer.

In the fourth quarter, Sonoma scored only three points.

“When we do the things we practice, we’re a competitive team,” coach Kris Mahiri said. “When we get away from what we practice, that’s when we have problems.

“Our defense was as good as it’s been all season. I couldn’t be happier with that.”

Vai Thompson had a double-double for the Pumas with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Alexa Hall led Sonoma with nine.

Carrillo’s record is 6-10 while the Dragons drop to 9-9.

MONTGOMERY 48, PETALUMA 42

The Vikings’ Madison Nordby connected on five 3-pointers on her way to a 19-point night.

Montgomery led 16-7 after one quarter. “We wanted to get a fast start on offense because that’s been a problem for us in some games,” the 4-foot-11 Nordby said. “Our defense is always solid, so getting the lead early was crucial.”

Allison Scranton was the Trojans’ top scorer with 10 points.

Montgomery improved to 9-8 while Petaluma is 10-8.

RANCHO COTATE 66, PINER 36

The Cougars’ Nicole Guerrero took top scoring honors for the day with 20 points. Rancho held the Prospectors to two points in the second quarter and enjoyed a 40-7 halftime lead.

Reilani Peleti and Tilar Stanford each finished with 16 for the Cougars. Daisha Hall led Piner with 10.

Rancho’s record is 7-10 and Piner is 2-13.

CASA GRANDE 59, ANALY 22

The Gauchos’ defense kept Analy in single digits in each quarter. The Tigers’ best scoring period was the fourth when they had seven. However, Casa put 20 on the board.

Brooke Santander had a big game for the winners as she finished with a game-high 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and four steals. Meagan Burke contributed 10. Jenna Petray was the high scorer for Analy with seven.

Analy falls to 7-9 and Casa is now 10-6.

WINDSOR 55, HEALDSBURG 26

The Jaguars’ Kerianne Noonan nearly outscored Healdsburg by herself as she wound up with 18. Windsor’s defense played well as the Greyhounds’ best quarter turned out to be the second when they scored nine. The score was 47-19 going to the fourth quarter.

Windsor is 14-3 with Healdsburg now 5-11.

UKIAH 62, ELSIE ALLEN 4

The Lobos didn’t score in the second half. It was 45-4 at halftime. Adriana Franco and Haylie Arnerich shared high-point honors for Ukiah with 11 apiece. The Wildcats are 7-9. Elsie Allen is 0-13.

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