High school girls basketball roundup: Cardinal Newman trounces Montgomery 80-53

Cardinal Newman's Hailey Vice-Neat reaches for the rebound during the game held at Cardinal Newman High School, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Cardinal Newman’s Hailey Vice-Neat reaches for the rebound during the game held at Cardinal Newman High School, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Cardinal Newman raced to its 16th win in a row Tuesday night with an 80-53 victory over visiting Montgomery in an opening round game of the NBL tournament.

The top-seeded Cardinals will play Santa Rosa for the tourney title on Friday at SRJC. The Panthers advanced with a 54-49 triumph over Windsor.

It was the second-best offensive game of the season for the Cardinals. They scored 85 in a win over Rancho Cotate on Jan. 8.

Newman broke open Tuesday’s game in the second quarter by outscoring Montgomery 29-7.

One reason for Newman’s success this season is depth and it was on display Tuesday. Ten players scored and five finished in double figures.

Six-foot-4 sophomore Lauren Walker led the attack with 14. She was followed by Maiya Flores (13), Kylie Kiech (12), Tal Webb (11) and Britta Irvine (11).

“Webb and Irvine gave us a big lift off the bench,” coach Monica Mertle said.

“I was really happy with the way we shared the ball. Being unselfish is one of the keys to this team’s success.”

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Coach Steve Bell’s Montgomery team has lost three times to Newman and the Cardinals have impressed him.

“They’re awfully good,” he said. “They have complete players and also depth. They’re talented, skilled and move the ball well.”

The Vikings got big games from Abby Lea and Shayla Newman. Lea scored 16 and was 7 of 9 from the floor while

Newman had 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.

Newman is 22-5 overall while Montgomery’s record is 13-14.

SANTA ROSA 54, WINDSOR 49

At Santa Rosa, Emily Codding had her 12th double-double of the season to lead the Panthers to the tournament title game.

The sophomore, who plays point guard, scored 18 to go along with 12 rebounds.

“She had a great overall game,” coach Jim Gomes said.

Santa Rosa jumped out to a 13-2 lead after one quarter and it was 42-35 going to the fourth. The Jaguars couldn’t get closer than five in the final period.

Kylie Oden was also in double figures for Santa Rosa. She scored 14.

For Windsor, Jessica Barbosa led the way with 18.

The Panthers are now 20-7 while Windsor’s record is 16-11.

In Sonoma County League first-round games:

SONOMA VALLEY 51, HEALDSBURG 25

At Sonoma Valley, the top-seeded Dragons held the Greyhounds scoreless in the third quarter while they put 14 points on the scoreboard.

“We ramped up the defense coming out of halftime,” Sonoma coach Sil Coccia said. “We got out in transition and scored some easy baskets.

“It wasn’t our best effort, but it was good enough to advance.”

Jenny Eggers scored 13 and pulled down nine rebounds for Sonoma.

Hailey Roux was Healdsburg’s top scorer with 10.

The Dragons are 22-5 while Healdsburg is now 17-10.

PETALUMA 70, ANALY 59

At Petaluma, the Trojans had their best offensive game of the season.

Their previous high was 64 in a win over El Molino last Thursday.

Petaluma made 27 of 28 free throws.

The Trojans had four players in double figures: Olivia Baldwin (17), Joelle Krist (11), Allison Scranton (10) and Jenna Teagarden (10).

For Analy, Valarie Viramontes led the way with 21, two more than Jenna Petray.

Petaluma’s record is 20-6.