Sonoma Academy girls stay undefeated in NCL II

Sonoma Academy's Savannah Stoughton in 2014. (PD File)

Sonoma Academy’s Savannah Stoughton in 2014. (PD File)



Sonoma Academy’s Savannah Stoughton walked off the court with her teammates after routing Tomales High School 50-15 on Senior Night Tuesday in Santa Rosa.

The good news for Stoughton was that she was walking; the senior rolled her ankle less than 40 seconds into the game and had to watch her teammates put the finishing touches on a 50-15 win, pushing their league record to 12-0.

“We came out tonight and played more for our seniors and for Savannah,” Coyotes head coach Kevin Christenson said about the matchup with the last-place team in the North Central II League.

Stoughton sits just 16 points shy of 1,000 career points in a Coyote uniform.

“I was really hoping that she was going to reach that milestone tonight,” Christenson said. “There’s another game tomorrow, though, so she’ll get there.”

Sonoma Academy alumna Kate Bayes scored her 2,000th career point in 2012 against Upper Lake and Stoughton said it would be her own personal piece of history to reach the 1,000-point milestone Wednesday against Upper Lake as well.

The Coyotes rolled to an easy win — giving up 11 points in the fourth quarter — that Christenson said was a good display of their defense.

“The girls came out and scored early off of our pressure defense,” he said. “Our consistency on our defense has been winning us games.”

Sonoma Academy has another advantage with its outside shooting, Christenson said, and scored fast and early off three-pointers from juniors Stacey Olson and Chloe Colbert in the first quarter.

“I think our outside shooting is what has separated us from the rest of the league, because I don’t think many teams in the league can hit those outside shots,” he said. “Nobody really knew that we had that in our favor.”

Freshman Lauren Reed joins Stoughton and Colbert in leading the Coyotes with their consistent success on the perimeter.

Sonoma Academy closes out its regular season on the road in Upper Lake Wednesday and at Technology High School in Rohnert Park on Thursday.

“There’s not much practice left, so for us it’s just tightening up our skills,” Stoughton said of the push before playoffs.

The Coyotes will learn their postseason ranking on Sunday after the North Coast Section seeding meeting.

“My hope is that we get a top-6 seed,” Christenson said. “We haven’t played the toughest schedule, but we can only play the schedule we are given.”

To be able to play in the friendly atmosphere of their home court would be the best-case scenario, Stoughton and Christenson agreed.

“I just want to make a good run,” Stoughton said. “With our undefeated record so far, I think we will get a home game and that will be so awesome.”

  • nativefireUL

    I like this article. Not taking anything away from these girls because their good but they wouldnt of been undefeated if they didnt cancel their game in UL because of the “weather”. I hope Savannah gets her 1000 but you make it seem like thats an easy task against Upper Lake. Kate Bays scored her 2000th point on Upper Lake? A very different Upper Lake team today then back then. We will see what your article says after tomorrows game.