Empire basketball roundup: Elsie Allen defends its title in Stokes Invitational

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Elsie Allen’s boys basketball team successfully defended its title at the Stokes Invitational by defeating Sonoma Valley, 44-31, Saturday night in Kelseyville.

The Lobos, now 3-0, took control from the outset and led 18-9 after one quarter.

The stifling Elsie Allen defense kept Sonoma Valley in single figures in each of the four quarters.

The margin of victory would’ve been much larger if the Lobos had been more accurate from the foul line. They made only 9 of 20.

“At one point, we missed eight straight,” coach Madison Lott said. “We could’ve won the game by more than 20.

“I was happy with the defensive intensity. It was real good.”

Jalen Busby and Bradley Greiner tied for high-point honors with 11 apiece for Elsie Allen. Carlos Bahena finished with 10.
Busby was selected the invitational’s most valuable player. Greiner and teammate Eric DeLeon were named to the all-tournament team.
Sonoma’s Brian Wilbanks was the game’s high scorer with 14. Ryan Fisher had 10.

OREGON CITY 62, CARDINAL NEWMAN 53

At Santa Rosa, the visiting girls built what proved to be an insurmountable early lead in the championship game of the Cardinal Newman Classic.

The Oregon school led 20-5 after one period.

“We weren’t ready to play and they were,” Cardinals coach Monica Mertle said. “We outscored them over the last three quarters, but 15 points was a lot to overcome.

“On a positive note, we showed a lot of improvement over the three days of the tournament.

“Oregon City is nationally ranked and the school has a great basketball history.”

Tiffany Salinas had an outstanding game for Newman with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Kylie Kiech had 11 points and 12 rebounds while Tal Webb finished with 10 points and five assists.

Kiech and teammate Maiya Flores were named to the all-tournament team.

SONOMA ACADEMY 38, CRYSTAL SPRINGS 30

At Santa Rosa, the Sonoma Academy boys team trailed at halftime before rallying to win the Coyote Classic Tournament.

The visitors from San Jose led 17-16 at intermission.

Drake Herold and Sean Kneeland had 10 apiece for Sonoma Academy. Herold was named the classic’s most valuable player.

SONOMA ACADEMY 51, ST. BERNARD’S 39

At Santa Rosa, Savannah Stoughton scored a game-high 22 points to lead the home team to victory in the championship game of the Coyote Classic’s girls bracket.

Stoughton was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

Sonoma Academy led after each quarter. At halftime, the Coyotes enjoyed a 28-19 advantage over the visitors from Eureka.