High school girls basketball roundup: Sonoma Valley moves closer to SCL championship

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Sonoma Valley’s girls basketball team moved a step closer to an SCL title Saturday night as the Dragons defeated visiting Piner, 53-15.

Sonoma can clinch at least a tie for the crown by winning at Healdsburg on Tuesday. The Dragons end the season by hosting Elsie Allen two days later.

If successful, it will be Sonoma’s first title since 2008, when they shared the honor with Petaluma.

Heading to the final week of the regular season, the Dragons have one league loss to go along with nine wins. Petaluma is in second place with two defeats.

Saturday’s game was decided early, as Piner failed to score in the first quarter. At halftime, it was 24-3.

Grace Cutting and Jenny Eggers shared high-point honors with 10 each. Kayla Field finished with eight.

PETALUMA 53, HEALDSBURG 26

At Petaluma, the Trojans’ defense was a lot better than when the schools played earlier in the year.

In the first meeting, Healdsburg had 47 points while losing by 10. This time, the Greyhounds made it to double figures only in the third quarter when they scored 11.

Leading the defense was Olivia Baldwin. Hailey Roux, Healdsburg’s best player, managed only seven points with Baldwin shadowing her. Roux scored 24 in the game last month.

“Defense was the key for us,” Petaluma coach Janelle Robello said. “Olivia holding Roux to seven was huge.

“I also thought Amy Farrick and Emily O’Keefe played well coming off the bench.”

Petaluma’s top scorer was Cassie Baddeley. She had 15, three more than Joelle Krist.

Grace Pillinini was Healdsburg’s only player to reach double digits. She wound up with 10.

Petaluma is 8-2 in league and 17-6 overall. Healdsburg is 5-5 and 16-8.

ANALY 46, ELSIE ALLEN 15

At Sebastopol, the Tigers celebrated Senior Night with a victory.

Analy led from the start and held a 27-4 advantage at halftime.

“Girls that don’t ordinarily get to play got a lot of playing time,” Analy coach Tom Corriveau said. “That always makes a coach happy.”

The Tigers’ three seniors — Taylor Lehman, Tiffany Perpinan and Jenna Petray — were honored.

Isabella Niedermar was Analy’s leading scorer with 12. Saja Weaver was next with seven.

Analy’s record is now 8-3 and 16-8.