High school basketball roundup: Elsie Allen boys closing in on SCL title

Windsor's Jessica Barbosa, center top, fights for the ball against Montgomery's LaDonna Saint Louis, left, Jazmin Basmajian, center bottom and Paige Raven, right, during the game held at Montgomery High School, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Windsor’s Jessica Barbosa, center top, fights for the ball against Montgomery’s LaDonna Saint Louis, left, Jazmin Basmajian, center bottom and Paige Raven, right, during the game held at Montgomery High School, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Elsie Allen’s boys basketball team is on the cusp of winning the Sonoma County League title after defeating visiting Analy, 57-49, Friday night.

The Lobos, now winners of nine in a row, have a one-game lead over Piner with two games remaining. They play at Petaluma next Wednesday and finish up at home against Sonoma Valley on Friday.

If Elsie Allen wins the SCL, it will be the first boys league title in the school’s 20-year history.

The game with Analy was close until the final three minutes. The Tigers were up by six after one quarter and Elsie Allen led by one heading to the fourth.

Jalen Busby, who came in averaging 21 points, scored 12 of his game-high 19 in the fourth quarter.

Bradley Greiner had 14 for the winners while Joe Hoeup and Erik DeLeon finished with nine apiece.

Malcolm Jenkins had 17 for Analy before fouling out with about three minutes remaining. Teammate Chance Ortega also fouled out late.

“Busby had an easier time getting to the basket after Jenkins and Ortega were gone,” Lobos coach Madison Lott said.

“We got our offensive rhythm in the second and kept it up the rest of the game.”

PINER 42, SONOMA VALLEY 29

At Santa Rosa, the Prospectors held the Dragons to four points in both the second and fourth quarters.

“It wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it,” Piner coach Mike Erickson said. “It was our third game of the week and I think everyone was a little tired.”

Piner has a bye next Wednesday and finishes up at Healdsburg on Friday.

Sam Dominiko was the scoring leader against Sonoma with 15. Keith Adams had 12, three more than Adam Kuzmicki.

Cyle Caselli had eight for the Dragons.

PETALUMA 57, HEALDSBURG 34

At Healdsburg, Petaluma opened the game with an 11-point run and never trailed.

After that, the closest the Greyhounds came was six points.

“Petaluma shot the ball very well,” Healdsburg coach Nick Galvan said. “On the other hand, we had one of our coldest shooting nights.”

Ryan Cox led the Trojans with 17, two more than Ryan Perez.

The lone Healdsburg player in double figures was Landon Courtman (13).

In NBL girls action Friday:

CARDINAL NEWMAN 73, MARIA CARRILLO 20

At Santa Rosa, the Cardinals won their 13th in a row and four players scored in double figures.

Leading the way was Hailey Vice-Neat with 15.

She was followed by Tal Webb (11), Kylie Kiech (10) and Maiya Flores (10).

Newman led 19-4 after one quarter and 33-8 at halftime.

During the winning streak, the Cardinals’ average win margin has been more than 40 points.

Hallie Aanenson had six for the Pumas.

SANTA ROSA 75, RANCHO COTATE 45

At Santa Rosa, Emily Codding finished with a double-double for the third consecutive game.

She had 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Kylie Oden tied a season high with a 27-point performance.

This was the highest point total of the season for the Panthers.

For the Cougars, Julia Guerrero had 13 points, three more than Kaela Velles.

WINDSOR 53, MONTGOMERY 36

At Windsor, the Jaguars’ Hannah May made six 3-point shots. She finished with 20.

The third quarter was the pivotal one as Windsor outscored the visitors, 20-4.

Also in double figures for the Jaguars was Jessica Barbosa with 13. In addition, she pulled down 15 rebounds.

Shayla Newman led Montgomery with 18.

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CASA GRANDE 44, UKIAH 24

At Petaluma, the Gauchos began pulling away in the second quarter when they outscored the Wildcats 11-2. The game was even after one period.

Molly Lundquist had 12 for Casa while Mia Cain finished with 11 to go along with 12 rebounds. Joy Jovick had nine points and nine rebounds.

Haylie Arnerich was Ukiah’s top scorer with nine.