Girls basketball: Santa Rosa stays perfect in NBL with 71-29 win over Casa Grande

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa, the best girls basketball team in the Redwood Empire, remained unbeaten in North Bay League action Wednesday night with a 71-29 victory over visiting Casa Grande.

Kylie Oden put on an offensive show by making six 3-point shots. The 5-foot-10 junior wound-up with 20.

Three other Panthers also finished in double figures: Devin Murray (15), Morgan Bertsch (13) and Katie Daly (12).

Santa Rosa held the Gauchos to two points in the second quarter and led 33-10 at halftime.

The Panthers came out on fire in the third quarter and put 26 more points on the scoreboard.

For Casa, Cassidy McKinney led the way with eight, one more than teammate Meagan Burke.

Santa Rosa is now 6-0 in league and 16-1 overall. The Gauchos record is 3-3 and 10-7.

Cardinal Newman 64, Windsor 51

The host Cardinals kept pace with Santa Rosa atop the NBL with its win over the Jaguars.

The two teams will play for undisputed first place on Friday at Santa Rosa.

“We played one of our best games of the year,” Cardinals coach Monica Mertle said. “I was very happy with our defense, rebounding and how we shared the ball.”

Tiffany Salinas led Newman with 24 points while point guard Kylie Kiech contributed 19 and Hailey Vice-Neat finished with 10. Salinas grabbed 11 boards, one more than Vice-Neat. The Cardinals had 35 as a team.

Newman is 6-0 in league and 13-5 overall while Windsor falls to 14-4 and 4-2.

Montgomery 43, Maria Carrillo 25

Montgomery played one its most dominating defensive games of the season as the visiting Pumas didn’t reach double figures in any period.

“We played very good defense all four quarters,” said Vikings coach Steve Bell. “That set the tone for the game.”

The Pumas came in averaging 34 points per game, but scored only eight in the first half and trailed by 10 points at intermission.

Niambi Saint Louis was the top scorer for Montgomery with 12. Destiny Grayer had nine and Abby Lea finished with seven.

Tawny Pabros and Morgan Vendrick had six apiece for the Pumas. The Vikings record now stands at 3-3 in league and 10-8 overall. Carrillo’s record is 1-5 and 6-11.

Ukiah 57, Rancho Cotate 50

Thanks in large part to Courtney Mee (18 points) and Hayley Arnerich (13), the Wildcats picked up their first league win at the expense of visiting Rancho Cotate.

Rancho began the game making four 3-pointers and led 16-14 after one quarter.

The advantage didn’t last long as Ukiah scored 19 in the second period while holding the Cougars to nine. Mee had eight in the period while Arnerich scored five.

The Wildcats did have its problems at the free throw line where they converted only 10 of 31. Ukiah improved its record to 8-9 and 1-5 in league while Rancho dropped to 6-11 and 0-6.

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