High school girls basketball: Rincon Valley Christian rallies for win

Rincon Valley Christian's Kylie Olson, left, drives to the net as St. Vincent's Lauren Vollert defends during the game held at St. Vincent in Petaluma, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Rincon Valley Christian’s Kylie Olson, left, drives to the net as St. Vincent’s Lauren Vollert defends during the game held at St. Vincent in Petaluma, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Playing tenacious defense in the second half, Rincon Valley Christian’s girls basketball team rallied to defeat St. Vincent, 30-23, Tuesday night in Petaluma.

Trailing by two at halftime, the Eagles held the Mustangs to eight points in the second half.

After winning 20 or more games each of the past three years, St. Vincent is struggling this season. “We’re just young and gaining maturity as we go,” coach Jim Fagundes said. “Against RVC, our defense was better than our offense.”

(See more photos from the game)

The Mustangs are 4-13 and 3-2 in NCL I play. The loss snapped a two-game win streak.

RVC, under first-year coach Richard Higgenbottom, improved its record to 5-5 and 3-2. The Mustangs have won two in a row and three of four.