SCL girls basketball: Analy knocks off Sonoma Valley 42-28

By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

SEBASTOPOL — In a battle for first place, Analy held off Sonoma Valley 42-28 on Friday night to remain undefeated in the Sonoma County League.

Defense was the rule early as both teams were held to single digits in the first quarter.

“We found a defense that worked pretty early, so we just stuck with that,” Analy’s Jessie Davidson said. “Every time they got a rebound we gave them an opportunity to score, so we really need to keep working on that.”

Delaney Swanson hit two free throws to put the Dragons in double digits after 13 minutes, but it was most of the offense that Sonoma Valley could muster.

“We have been struggling all year on boxing out,” Analy coach Tom Corriveau said. “We did a really good job of one-and-done, and we finally started executing the offense.”

Defense was on lockdown, but the Dragons struggled with holding onto the ball, Sonoma Valley coach Sil Coccia said. The Dragons committed 16 turnovers in the first half, but still only trailed 15-11.

“You can’t come in on the road and turn the ball over and not make baskets,” Coccia said. “You’re going to lose.”

Both teams pushed their offense in the second half. Sonoma’s Swanson finished with 12 points, and Analy’s Davidson had 11.

“I wouldn’t say there was one point that we turned it on,” Davidson said. “It was the positive energy coming from all the players that kept our heads up and made sure we stayed in this game.”

As time ticked away, the number of fouls increased as both teams sent bodies to the floor for every loose ball and bounce pass.

The Dragons’ attempt to light up their offense fell short, as they only scored four points in the fourth quarter. That simply was not going to get the job done, Coccia said.

“They made free throws and shots when they needed to,” he said. “Give Analy all the credit. They won and they clearly deserve to win.”

Sonoma Valley missed six free throws down the stretch when it was down by eight points and couldn’t catch up.

“A ton of credit to Sonoma,” Corriveau said, “but you can’t take anything away from us.”

Sonoma Valley — without its leading scorer, the injured Mackenzie Albrecht, for the second game in a row — couldn’t find the same fight it had in Wednesday’s victory against Healdsburg, Coccia said.

“It didn’t hurt us against Healdsburg, and we came out with a lot of purpose and intensity and focus (against the Greyhounds)” he said. “Today we didn’t.”

For Analy, Taylor Lehman and Sina Fuiava finished with six points apiece, and Hayley Louzao nailed five free throws. Bailey Hunter had four points, Isabella Niedermair pitched in two and Shelby Buchmann hit one. Jenna Petray recorded all of her five points in the second half, while Nacala Newman pitched in two. Niedermair had eight rebounds.

For Sonoma Valley, Ciara Smith finished with six points, six blocks and eight rebounds. Gianna Monterosso had three points. Alexa Hall hit four free throws and Megan Neely hit one. Hanna Lemaire added a bucket as well.

Corriveau, in his first year with the Tigers, said he couldn’t be happier with how well the team has adapted to a new playbook.

“A lot of seniors had to learn a new system and it has been good for us,” he said. “I am very happy and pleased that this is going really well for us.”

The Tigers improved to 6-0 in the SCL and 8-9 overall. The Dragons dropped to 5-1 in league and 10-10 overall.

“We have our path now and we have to win out if we want to win this thing,” Coccia said. “We’ll see how they respond.”

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