High school basketball roundup: Hectic schedule catches up with Montgomery boys

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

College Park pulled away from Montgomery late in the second quarter and went on to win their nonleague boys basketball game, 56-41, at the Vikings’ gym Friday night.

The score was 20-20 before the Falcons ended the first half with a 10-3 run.

Montgomery was playing its fifth game in seven days and fourth without playmaker Michael Septimo. He injured his knee last Friday in the opening round of the Torrey Pines Classic.

“He does so many things for us,” coach Tom Fitchie said. “Without him in the lineup, it leaves a big hole. We’re not extremely deep, so we can’t replace what he does for us.

“We’re just having a hard time right now. We haven’t had a practice since before Christmas. We need to compensate for not having Septimo.”

WILLITS 53, SOUTH FORK 41

At Willits, the Wolverines finished the pre-league portion of their schedule with another strong defensive effort.
Willits opens NCL I play Tuesday night with a home game against Clear Lake.

“We’re going for our third straight league championship but we know it won’t be easy,” coach Duane Nelson said. “I’ve got a young team. Cloverdale is very good and there’s several other solid teams in the league this year. It’s going to be interesting.”

If Willits defends its title, defense and rebounding will be the keys. The Wolverines have held opponents to an average of 38 points per game.

At 6-foot-4, Will Smith started last year as a sophomore. Against South Fork, he had 14 points.

In girls action Friday:

SANTA ROSA 46, HERITAGE 36

At Pittsburg, Devin Murray was back in the lineup after being sidelined for two weeks with a concussion.

The senior responded with a game-high 18 points to go along with eight rebounds.

“She means so much to the team,” coach Jim Gomes said. “She’s our No. 1 scorer and inside post player.”

Kylie Oden scored 12 against Heritage, while Emily Codding finished with 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

CASA GRANDE 62, NORTHGATE 43

At Petaluma, Joy Jovick scored 23 points and 17 rebounds for the Gauchos.

Casa led by five after one quarter and stretched the lead to 10 by halftime. Jovick, who is only 5-foot-8, got most of her points close to the basket.

“She does get after it,” coach Dan Sack said. “She has good instincts. A key for us is getting the ball inside and we did that against Northgate.”

The Gauchos were only 3-for-18 on 3-point shots.