By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Connor Head scored all 13 of Cardinal Newman’s fourth quarter points as the visiting Cardinals defeated Casa Grande 68-47 in North Bay League action Friday night.
Head finished with 26 points while Connor Rubattino collected 16, including five 3-point goals in the first half.
Newman started quickly and led 17-7 after one quarter. It was 31-19 at halftime.
Casa fans did have something to cheer about as the Gauchos’ Cetrick Yeanay scored the 1,000th point of his career in the second half. The 5-foot-8 guard has been a three-year starter and was playing his 79th varsity game.
Yeanay wound-up with 12 points on four treys and his career total stands at 1,006. Will Crain had a double-double on 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jon Christy had nine boards to go along with seven points.
Newman remains tied for second in the league standings. The Cardinals and Maria Carrillo are both 7-2 while Montgomery leads the pack at 8-1.
Newman is 12-8 overall. Casa drops to 10-11 and 3-6 in league.
MONTGOMERY 76, RANCHO COTATE 40
The visiting Vikings matched their season-high point total while coasting to the easy win.
Montgomery also scored 76 while defeating Bethel on Dec. 19.
Alec Raven led the scoring attack with 19 points and was followed by Noah Orlik (11) and Kiel Long (10).
Anthony Matteri was high man for Rancho with 10.
Montgomery is now 16-5. The Cougars fall to 4-17 and 0-9 in league.
MARIA CARRILLO 61, UKIAH 43
The Pumas outscored the home team 20-3 in the second quarter and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Connor Wright led Carrillo with 18. Clayton Andrews had his best game of the season with 11 points, eight assists and six steals. Nate King wound up with 10 points.
“We couldn’t do anything in the second quarter,” Wildcats coach Bill Heath said. “We threw the ball away, couldn’t put it in the basket and made mistakes on defense.
“Carrillo was the better team and they deserved to win.”
Adrian Mata was top scorer for Ukiah with 14 points despite sitting out most of the first half with foul trouble. Sophomores Nate Hayes and Diego Reyes each finished with seven.
Carrillo is 15-6 to go along with its 7-2 league record. Ukiah is 14-6 and 6-3.
SANTA ROSA 55, WINDSOR 46
Despite the absence of injured starter Vince Jones, the Panthers beat the visiting Jaguars.
Jones sprained ligaments in his left ankle during practice on Thursday.
“Vince came to the game even though it was difficult to get around,” coach John McGill said. “His presence inspired the kids and we played one of our best games.”
Afterward, the team presented Jones with the game ball.
Santa Rosa started quickly and led 13-2 after one quarter. Windsor battled back and trailed by six at halftime.
Daniel Cresta, who scored 13 in the second half, led the Panthers with 15. Dustin Rome finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.
Micah Johnsrud, who started in place of Jones, had 11 points.
Santa Rosa is now 9-11 and 2-7. Windsor’s record is 12-9 and 4-5.