NCS girls roundup: Petaluma battles but falls in coach’s finale

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The 36-year basketball coaching career of Petaluma’s Doug Johnson came to an end Friday night in Moraga as his Trojans fell to Campolindo, 54-49, in an NCS Division 3 second-round game.

Johnson, who announced his retirement earlier in the month, finished with 679 wins and 337 losses.

“I had a tough time after the game,” the 73-year-old Johnson said. “I had a long talk with the girls in the locker room and that helped quite a bit.

“I told them, when I turn 95, I’ll still remember them.”

Petaluma, the No. 6 seed, trailed 30-24 at halftime and outscored No. 3 Campolindo by one point in the second half.

“We took some inopportune 3-point shots in the first half and made only three of 11 from the foul line,” Johnson said. “Those were killers.”

The Trojans’ defense held Ashley Ewing, Campo’s regular-season scoring leader, to single digits. However, Brooke Panfili took up the slack with a 20- point night.

Joelle Krist led the Petaluma offense with 20 while Maddie Mehciz had 10. Petaluma ends Johnson’s final season with an 18-11 mark. Campolindo’s record is now 16-10.

UKIAH 43, WINDSOR 42

At Windsor, the Wildcats have turned into the Cinderella team of the NCS Division 2 playoffs.

For the second time in four days, the No. 10 seed has gone on the road and beaten a higher seed.

Ukiah took down No. 7 Redwood, 52-50, last Tuesday.

Ally Milone was the hero for the Wildcats as she scored 11 of her 16 points in the final period.

Kerianne Noonan made three 3-point shots in the final minute, but was never able to give her team the lead. Noonan wound up with 22.

“We’re just coming together,” Ukiah coach Dave Downey said. “We came into the tournament not getting much respect and the girls have used that to our advantage.”

Windsor was hampered when center Jessica Barbosa got in foul trouble early and sat out most of the first half. The Wildcats led, 15-10, at intermission.

“Ukiah played great defense,” Windsor coach Jeff Paul said. “We fell behind early and just couldn’t make it all the way back.”

The Wildcats are now 14-13 while Windsor goes to the sidelines with a 20-9 mark.

ANALY 53, SAN MARIN 51 (OT)

At Novato, Jenna Petray scored six of her team’s seven points in the extra period.

Petray also scored the basket that sent the Division 3 game into overtime.

The junior finished with 20, including 10 of 12 from the foul line.

“We kept pounding the ball inside and it seemed like almost every time Petray made a basket or got fouled,” coach Tom Corriveau said.

Sub Hayley Louzao also gave the Tigers a lift as she nailed four 3-point goals on her way to a 15-point performance.

“Everybody stepped up,” Corriveau said. “It’s a big win for the Analy program.”

The Tigers, regular season champs of the SCL, are 19-10. San Marin winds up 18-11.

CLAYTON VALLEY CHARTER 62, CASA GRANDE 42

At Concord, the visiting Gauchos fell behind 19-6 after one quarter and never recovered in the Division 2 game.

Clayton Valley was led by Hailey Pascoe with 26 and Kayla Taylor with 20.

“Their two stars had too much firepower for us,” Casa coach Dan Sack said.

The Gauchos made only five of 29 shots in the first half while the Eagles were 14 of 21.

Cassidy McKinney led the Gauchos with 13. Meagan Burke and Brooke Santander had 11 apiece.

Casa winds up 16-13 while Clayton Valley moves on with a 22-6 mark.

 

Comments are closed.