High school girls basketball roundup: Sonoma Valley wins SCL title

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Sonoma Valley captured its first outright SCL title in 31 years Thursday night as the Dragons defeated visiting Elsie Allen, 55-7.

“It’s been a tremendous journey getting this far,” coach Sil Coccia said. “To tell you the truth, at the beginning of the season, I didn’t think this team would achieve so much.

“It’s a testament to playing and practicing hard.”

The Dragons lost three all-league players from last year’s team, but rode defense to the top. Sonoma allowed only 30 points per game while racking up a league record of 11-1 and 21-5 overall.

The 21 wins is a school record, eclipsing the old mark of 20 set by the 2008 team. That squad shared the league title with Petaluma.

Sonoma will likely add to its win total in the postseason. First up is the SCL tournament and an opening-round matchup with Healdsburg. The league title also earns the Dragons an invitation to the NCS tournament.

Jenny Eggers led the offense to the win over Elsie Allen with 16 points and like her coach, she is surprised this team has achieved so much.

“We improved a lot as the season went along,” she said. “We battled through more than we thought we could.”

HEALDSBURG 52, PINER 31

At Santa Rosa, Hailey Roux and Grace Pillinini lifted the Greyhounds to victory.

Roux scored 21 of her 23 points in the second half while Pillinini had 19 before intermission. Pillinini was forced from the game with a head injury.

Healdsburg enjoyed a 13-3 lead after one quarter.

The Greyhounds finish the regular season with a 17-9 overall record while going 6-6 in league. It’s the most wins for the school in nearly a decade.

“I thought we played outstanding defense,” coach Jimmy Gonnella said. “Savannah Craighead did a great job all evening.”

PETALUMA 64, EL MOLINO 25

At Petaluma, Joelle Krist (12) and Allison Scranton (10) helped lead the Trojans to victory.

Cassie Baddeley, with nine points and eight rebounds, also had a productive game.

Petaluma had a 16-9 cushion after one quarter and increased the advantage to 34-17 at halftime.

In NBL action:

CARDINAL NEWMAN 51, CASA GRANDE 31

At Petaluma, the Cardinals completed a perfect 14-0 league season.

Sharing high-point honors for Newman with 11 apiece were Maiya Flores, Kylie Kiech and Tal Webb.

For the Gauchos, Kayla Ryan had 11 and Cassidy McKinney, 10.

Santa Rosa's Bre Ririe looks to the basket as Montgomery's LaDonna Saint Louis defends during the game held at Santa Rosa High School, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa’s Bre Ririe looks to the basket as Montgomery’s LaDonna Saint Louis defends during the game held at Santa Rosa High School, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

SANTA ROSA 49, MONTGOMERY 42

At Santa Rosa, Emily Codding finished the night with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Sara Howard contributed 14 while Kylie Oden had nine.

The Panthers wound up second in the NBL and will host Windsor in the first round of the league tournament.

For Montgomery, Abby Lea took scoring honors with 17, one more than teammate Shayla Newman.

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UKIAH 66, RANCHO COTATE 38

At Ukiah, Haylie Arnerich led the Wildcats with a 20-point performance.

Ukiah’s defense was stout in the second half as the Cougars scored only 11 points after intermission.

WINDSOR 2, MARIA CARRILLO 0

At Windsor, the Pumas had to forfeit because it had already played the maximum number of regular season games.