NCS girls basketball: Cardinal Newman girls fall to Salesian on last-second basket

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Jordan Hobson scored with 1.6 seconds remaining to lift Salesian to a 57-55 victory over Cardinal Newman in a Division 4 semifinal girls game Wednesday night in Albany.

Hobson rebounded a missed shot and put the ball in the basket.

“It was an awkward bounce but came right to her and she put it in,” Newman coach Monica Mertle said.

Newman couldn’t get off a good shot in the final second.

The Pride had the ball for 30 seconds before the winning sequence.

Lauren Walker led the Cardinals with 14 points and eight rebounds. Kylie Kiech and Maiya Flores both finished with 12.

Kianna McNair led the Salesian attack with 18.

“The girls played hard and played well against a school with a strong state championship program,” Mertle said. “We know now we can compete at that level. We had every opportunity to win.

“We’ll clean things up and get ready for NorCals next week.”

The loss snapped a 19-game winning streak for the No. 3 Cardinals and their record is now 25-6.

No. 2 Salesian advances to the NCS championship game with a 26-3 mark.

In other NCS girls action Wednesday:

DUBLIN 60, WINDSOR 30

At Dublin, the home team began the game with a 13-0 run and never looked back.

“We came out tentative and they jumped on us,” coach Jeff Paul said.

The Gaels led 20-4 after one quarter.

Paul said speed and length gave Dublin a big advantage.

“We didn’t block out successfully on defense and Dublin got a lot of second and third shots at the basket,” he said. “They’re a very athletic group.”

Dublin is the No. 2 seed in Division 2, while Windsor is No. 3. Both schools will participate in next week’s NorCal playoffs.

The Gaels’ Milan Moses was the game’s top scorer with 17.

Leading Windsor with nine apiece were Hannah May and Jessica Barbosa.

Dublin’s record is 25-3, while Windsor is now 18-12.

FERNDALE 40, ROUND VALLEY 27

At Ferndale, the home team forced the Mustangs into numerous turnovers en route to the Division 6 victory.

“We made too many mistakes,” Round Valley coach Eddie Whipple said. “That was the difference in the game.”

After falling behind 12-4 after one period, RV got back in the game by outscoring Ferndale, 11-5, in the third.

It was 27-23 with eight minutes to play and the Wildcats ended the game by winning the fourth quarter, 13-4.

Damiana Hoaglen was Round Valley’s top scorer with eight. Karissa McCoy contributed seven.

Rachelle Regli had 18 for Ferndale.

Ferndale, the No. 2 seed, improved to 14-13. Round Valley’s record is 16-7.

For the first time, there will be a NorCal Division 6 playoff and Round Valley is expected to receive an invitation.