CIF girls basketball: Santa Rosa, Cardinal Newman first-round winners


Morgan Bertsch scored 27 points, pulled down 21 rebounds and blocked seven shots as Santa Rosa advanced to the second round of the CIF State Championships with a 67-44 victory over host North Salinas on Wednesday night.

The Panthers play at Deer Valley (Antioch), the top seed in Division 1, on Saturday. Santa Rosa is the No. 9 seed.

Bertsch, at 6-foot-4 the tallest player on the floor, scored nine of her points in the third quarter, when the Panthers broke the game open.

Santa Rosa trailed by a point at halftime before outscoring the Vikings, 28-12, in the third.

Devin Murray had 10 in the period and Kylie Oden nailed a trio of treys for nine points.

The Panthers began the quarter by going on a 14-2 run.

“We got started by making several great defensive stops,” Panthers coach Steve Chisholm said. “That led to transition points and being able to get the ball into the post.”

Katie Daly, the reigning All-Empire Player of the Year for large schools, was back in the starting line-up after missing the NCS championship game with concussion symptoms.

The point guard came up big as she dished out nine assists to go along with five steals, three blocks and four points.

“It was good to get our top players on the court at the same time,” Chisholm said. “It seems like every game late in the season, at least one player has been out with an injury or illness.It took a while to get in rhythm, but we sure played well in the second half.”

“In a game with everything at stake, it was one of the best halves we’ve played this season.”

Santa Rosa plays on with a 28-4 record while North Salinas goes to the sidelines with a 25-3 mark.


At Atherton, the Cardinals came to life after intermission and defeated the Knights in a Division 4 match-up.

Newman outscored Menlo, 17-6, in the pivotal third quarter after trailing by a point at halftime.

Kylie Kiech’s two 3-point goals ignited the rally. Julia Bertolero had five in the quarter and Tiffany Salinas contributed four. It was Newman’s first game in more than a week.

“We were a little rusty in the first half,” Cardinals coach Monica Mertle said. “We were getting good looks on offense, but not scoring.”

“At halftime, we talked about settling down and playing with confidence. We came out and hit a couple of shots and the girls’ confidence level went way up.”

Kiech led Newman in scoring with 16 points. Freshman Hailey Vice-Neat and sophomore Salinas both barely missed double-doubles.

Vice-Neat wound up with nine points and 11 rebounds while Salinas ad nine points and 10 rebounds.

The No. 9 seeded Cardinals play on with a 24-7 mark. Menlo’s season ends with an 18-12 record.


At Loomis, the host Golden Eagles took control of the game in the second quarter by outscoring the Jaguars, 26-9.

The loss came despite a 20-point performance by guard Kerianne Noonan. Only two other Windsor players scored. Jessica Barbosa had five and Hayden Turrini added four.

Windsor, the No. 11 seed in Division 2, finishes 20-10. No. 6 Del Oro goes to the second round with a 22-9 record.


At Patterson, it was a long night for the team from Sebastopol. The score was 22-6 after one quarter and Analy trailed, 38-8, at halftime.

Analy, the No. 9 seed in Division 3, ends the season with a 19-12 record. No. 8 Patterson is still playing with a 26-5 mark.


At Chico, the Panthers edged Ukiah in a hard-fought Division 2 game.

The Wildcats end the season with a 14-15 record. Chico improved to 10-13.


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