NCS girls basketball: Santa Rosa wins to cap big night for NBL

Santa Rosa's Kylie Oden looks to pass as Liberty's Jamesha Green defends during the game held at Santa Rosa High School, Tuesday, February 24, 2015.   (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa’s Kylie Oden looks to pass as Liberty’s Jamesha Green defends during the game held at Santa Rosa High School, Tuesday, February 24, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa had four players score in double figures as the No. 6 seeded Panthers defeated Liberty, 73-50, in the opening round of NCS Division 1 Tuesday night.

Kylie Oden and Emily Codding led the offense with 20 apiece. Codding also grabbed 14 rebounds to record her 13th double-double of the season.

Devin Murray scored 14 and Sara Howard wound up with 13.

“We played well in the open court and made it an up-tempo game,” coach Jim Gomes said. “Most importantly, we played as a team.

“It was one of our best offensive games of the season.”

The win capped a big night for the NBL as Windsor, Montgomery and Ukiah also won. Casa Grande was the only league team eliminated.

MONTGOMERY 62, WASHINGTON 48

At Santa Rosa, the Vikings played tight defense and got a double-double from freshman Shayla Newman while advancing to the second round of the Division 2 playoffs.

The 5-foot-9 Newman scored a game-high 20 and pulled down 12 rebounds.

The defense, led by Destiny Grayer and Sarah Iroz, drew plaudits from coach Steve Bell.

“Our game plan was to deny their best shooters the ball,” he said. “While Grayer and Iroz had outstanding games, it was a team effort. All the players helped one another out. It was an excellent game for the girls.”

No. 7 seed Montgomery grabbed a 14-10 lead after one quarter. No. 10 Liberty trailed 30-21 at halftime.

Also scoring in double figures for the Vikings was Abby Lea (14) and Grayer (10).

Montgomery’s record is 14-14.

UKIAH 61, NEWARK MEMORIAL 39

At Ukiah, the Wildcats jumped out to a 19-6 lead after one quarter. “We got off to a good start and then just kept on truckin’,” coach Dave Downey said.

“It was one of our best games of the season.”

Cassidy Schutz led the offense with 13, three more than Haylie Arnerich.

Ukiah, the No. 8 seed in Division 2, travels to Carondelet on Friday.

WINDSOR 61, MT. EDEN 41

At Windsor, Jessica Barbosa and Gabby Giddings turned in dominating performances as the No. 3 Jaguars advanced in Division 2.

Barbosa scored 19 and pulled down 15 boards while Giddings scored 17 and snared 17 rebounds.

“It was all about the post,” coach Jeff Paul said. “They couldn’t contain Barbosa and Giddings.

“Credit also has to go to the guards for getting the ball inside all night.”

Sabrina Simili, Hannah May and Allie Feland shared backcourt duties for Windsor.

The Jaguars, now 17-11, host Alameda on Friday.

ALAMEDA 44, CASA GRANDE 34

At Alameda, the No. 11 Gauchos were in the game until the final three minutes.

“We got to within four points late but then missed a couple of shots and Alameda converted,” coach Dan Sack said.

It was 27-16 at intermission.

Cassidy McKinney took scoring honors for Casa with 11, two more than Molly Lundquist.

Maddy Lewis had 23 for Alameda.

The Gauchos, the No. 11 seed in Division 2, finishes with a 13-13 record.

ENCINAL 61, SONOMA VALLEY 40

At Sonoma, the Dragons allowed the most points of they had all season.

“We picked a bad time to have a game like this,” coach Sil Coccia said. “Encinal is athletic and strong and we didn’t have the answer.”

Jenny Eggers scored a team-high 14 for Sonoma.

The Dragons, the No. 6 seed in Division 3, completes the season with a school record 22 wins. They lost seven times.

CAMPOLINDO 53, PETALUMA 37

At Moraga, the home team used its height advantage to win the Division 3 game.

“They had more height and depth than we had,” Trojans coach Janelle Robello said. “We got into foul trouble in the first half and that didn’t help.”

Campolindo led 22-14 at intermission.

Petaluma finished with a 21-7 record.