High school girls basketball: Panthers get big win over Rancho Cotate



Kylie Oden played her best game of the season Saturday night in Rohnert Park as Santa Rosa rolled to a 71-31 victory over Rancho Cotate.

Oden scored 23 and pulled down six rebounds. Emily Codding also had a stellar game with 20 points and 10 rebounds.


The victory, along with Cardinal Newman’s 77-17 win over Maria Carrillo, sets up a North Bay League showdown Wednesday night at the Panthers’ gym. Both schools are 5-0 in league and each has won six in a row overall.

Rancho hung with Santa Rosa through one quarter, 20-14. However, in the second, the Panthers put the game away with a 22-5 run.

Codding and Maria Lopez each scored eight in the period.

“We played great as a team,” Santa Rosa coach Jim Gomes said. “I was especially happy with the way we shared the ball. We took very few bad shots.”

The Panthers connected on 27 of their 58 attempts.

Devin Murray, Santa Rosa’s top rebounder, missed the game with concussion symptoms.

The Panthers are 12-5 overall while Rancho is 6-9 and 0-5 in league.


At Santa Rosa, the visiting Cardinals raced to a 27-1 lead after one quarter.

The margin increased to 46-14 by halftime.

Maiya Flores led Newman with 17 points. Lauren Walker narrowly missed a double-double as she scored 15 to go along with nine rebounds.

Also scoring in double figures was Hailey Vice-Neat with 14.

“We did a good job maintaining defensive intensity,” coach Monica Mertle said. “That’s always a focus for us.”

Newman has also developed into a scoring machine. The Cardinals scored 76 last Thursday against Ukiah and have put more than 70 points on the board in six games.

The Cardinals are 12-5 overall while Carrillo is 5-10 and 1-4 in league.


At Ukiah, the Wildcats wound up enjoying a big edge from the free-throw line.

Ukiah converted 18 of 26 including nine of 13 in the fourth quarter.

The Gauchos went to the line five times and made three.

The home team led after every quarter and held a 23-17 edge at halftime.

Ukiah’s Haylie Arnerich was the game’s top scorer with 20.

For Casa, Cassidy McKinney led the way with 18. Joy Jovick had 11 to go along with seven rebounds and seven steals.

Ukiah picked up its initial league win and is 1-5 and 10-7 overall. The Gauchos are 2-3 and 9-6.