SCL girls basketball: Petaluma defeats Sonoma Valley 36-33

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Doug Johnson’s Sonoma County League coaching career will go one more game as Petaluma defeated host Sonoma Valley 36-33 in the opening round of the SCL Tournament on Wednesday.

In the night’s other game, top-seeded Analy took care of visiting Healdsburg 48-32.

So, the 73-year-old Johnson, who announced his retirement earlier this week, will get one more league game. If the Trojans win, it’ll be his 10th SCL girls title in 36 years.

“It feels good to get another win,” Johnson said. “Now I’m looking for one more.”

No matter what the outcome, Johnson’s team will get an invitation to next week’s North Coast Section playoffs. Then he will hang up his whistle. Wednesday’s game was a nail-biter as neither team led by more than five points.

Petaluma was up 32-27 in the closing minutes but Sonoma quickly scored two baskets. Joelle Krist’s three free throws provided the margin of victory.

“She’s been one of our best free throw shooters,” Johnson said. “I was happy to see her going to the foul line and she came through.”

Olivia Baldwin came off the bench to lead the Trojans. She scored 10, all in the second quarter. Center Allison Scranton finished with nine.

“Baldwin ignited us,” Johnson said. The sophomore’s outburst enabled Petaluma to grab a 21-20 halftime lead.

Sonoma was plagued by 24 turnovers.

“A team can’t make that many turnovers, score only 33 points and expect to win,” Dragons coach Sil Coccia said. “We needed to make shots and value possessions. We did neither.”

Alexa Hall led the Sonoma offense with 12.

Sonoma (14-12) should get an invitation to compete in the NCS playoffs.

Analy broke open its game by scoring 23 points in the second quarter en route to a 30-18 halftime lead.

Jenna Petray scored eight of her 15 points in the period. Taylor Lehman also finished in double figures with 10. Sina Fulava came off the bench and knocked down nine.

“We’ve been playing good defense the last few weeks and this game was no different,” coach Tom Corveau said. “We started out man-to-man and then switched to a zone press. We were able to put pressure on Healdsburg and force turnovers.

“Credit should also go to the second unit. The really stepped it up.”

Healdsburg didn’t finish a quarter in double figures.

Analy hasn’t allowed more than 32 points in its last six games.

The Greyhounds are now 10-17 while Analy, undefeated in regular season league play, improves to 17-9.

 

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