High school girls basketball roundup: Pumas rally to win NBL debut

Rancho Cotate's Reilani Peleti, center, goes up for the rebound against Maria Carrillo's Brenda Soundara, left, and Claire Howard, right, during the game held at Rancho Cotate High School, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Rancho Cotate’s Reilani Peleti, center, goes up for the rebound against Maria Carrillo’s Brenda Soundara, left, and Claire Howard, right, during the game held at Rancho Cotate High School, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Maria Carrillo fell behind early but then rallied for a decisive victory, 62-44 over host Rancho Cotate Tuesday night in the North Bay League opener for both teams.

The Cougars led 8-0 less than two minutes into the game but didn’t score again in the first quarter. It was 16-8 after one and 29-15 at halftime.

Carrillo was playing its second game in as many nights. On Monday, the Pumas lost at Petaluma, 58-43.

“You never know how a team will respond playing back-to-back,” coach Kris Mahiri said. “I was more than a little concerned after Rancho scored the first eight points.

“However, our girls wound up playing really well. They played hard in every quarter.”

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Claire Howard, one of the leaders on last year’s undefeated soccer team, led Carrillo with 15 points. Hallie Aanenson finished with 14 to go along with nine rebounds. Bethanny Devault pulled down 10 rebounds.

The Cougars’ Camille Spackman was the game’s top scorer with 21. Teammate Reilani Peleti had 15.
Mario Newton, Rancho’s coach, was disappointed with his team’s play.

“We made 33 turnovers,” he said. “That’s tough to overcome. Of course, Carrillo’s defense had something to do with that. We certainly didn’t play up to our potential.

“I thought Miranda Gradney played a great game for them. She only had five points but had quite a few assists and steals.”

WINDSOR 48, UKIAH 37

At Windsor, Jessica Barbosa had one of her best games of the season as the Jaguars rallied in the second half.

Ukiah led 22-20 at halftime before Windsor won the second half, 28-15.

Barbosa led the way with 17 points, one more than Gabby Giddings. Hannah May finished with 10.

Adriana Franco and Cassidy Schutz were Ukiah’s leading scorers with seven apiece.

“Our zone defense picked it up in the second half,” Jaguars coach Jeff Paul said. “The defense allowed us to get several transition baskets.

“As for Barbosa, she did a good job on both offense and defense.”

CARDINAL NEWMAN 74, MONTGOMERY 32

At Santa Rosa, the Cardinals jumped out to an 18-5 lead and never looked back.

“The girls came out with good energy and kept at it,” coach Monica Mertle said. “We have a deep bench and I was happy with the effort up and down the lineup.”

Lauren Walker didn’t start but wound up leading the Newman offense with 15 points. Also in double figures were: Maiya Flores (12), Tiffany Salinas (10) and Jasmine Henderson (10).

For Montgomery, Abby Lea had eight and Shayla Newman contributed six.

On offense, Newman used its height advantage to hurt the Vikings inside and outside.

“We didn’t match up well with them,” Montgomery coach Steve Bell said. “On offense, they made 10 3-pointers and quite a few second-chance baskets.

“They’re a strong team with a deep bench.”

The Vikings are 5-8 while Newman is 8-5.

SANTA ROSA 59, CASA GRANDE 32

At Petaluma, the Panthers held the Gauchos to four points in both the first and third quarters.

The score was 18-4 after one period.

“Their defense was good,” Casa coach Dan Sack said. “Our shooting off all night, we couldn’t put the ball in the basket.”

Santa Rosa finished with 21 baskets compared to nine for the Gauchos. If the Panthers had a weakness, it was at the free throw line where they made only 13 of 28.

Emily Codding took high-point honors for the Panthers with 15. Kylie Oden finished with 12 and Devin Murray had 11.
Joy Jovick led the Gauchos with 14 points and 11 rebounds.