NCS girls basketball: Newman stands tall in win over Cloverdale

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Cardinal Newman wore down a determined Cloverdale team in the second half en route to a 63-38 victory Wednesday night in a Division 4 contest at the Cardinals gym.

After going to the locker room with a six-point lead, Newman took control in the third by outscoring the Eagles, 22-9.

Kylie Kiech scored nine of her 22 points in the run while Tiffany Salinas knocked down five of her 14.

Cloverdale tried to overcome the Cardinals’ height advantage by applying full-court pressure on defense.

“I think we just wore them down in the second half,” Newman coach Monica Mertle said.

“They’re a scrappy team. We played solid.”

Angel Bernardi led the Eagles attack with 10.

Newman, winner of the NBL tournament and co-champs with Santa Rosa for the regular-season title, is now 23-6.

The No. 5 seed has won 10 straight.

No. 12 Cloverdale winds up 19-8.

SUMMERFIELD WALDORF 46, CONTRA COSTA CHRISTIAN 30

At Summerfield Waldorf, Maya McNichol scored a game-high 20 to lead the Mustangs over Contra Costa Christian in a Division 6 contest. Summerfield broke the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the visitors, 15-2.

Kayla Woolridge added 11 for the Mustangs and Ashlyn Dean contributed eight.

Summerfield, the No. 6 seed, advances with a 17-5 record. CC Christian ended up 13-10.

RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN 40, EL SOBRANTE 34

At RVC, the Eagles overcame a case of nerves at the start and then pulled away from the visitors in the Division 6 game.

“We never trailed but it was 7-7 after the first quarter,” coach Doug Crouse said.

RVC led 18-14 at halftime and 29-22 after three quarters.

The No. 5 seeded Eagles are now 14-12 while El Sobrante ends up 12-12.

ST. VINCENT 41, SONOMA ACADEMY 25

At St. Vincent, the Mustangs defeated league rival Sonoma Academy for the third time this season.

Maddie Perry made sure the home team got off to a fast start as she scored six in the first quarter enabling St. Vincent to grab a 15-7 lead. The senior point guard finished with nine points.

Ellie O’Neill took high-point honors for the winners with 10.

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For the Coyotes, Chole Colbert and Savannah Stoughton had seven apiece.

St. Vincent, the No. 6 seed in Division 5, has won 16 of 17 and its overall record is 23-6.

The No. 11 seeded Coyotes wound up with a 14-8 record.

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