No. 1 Cardinal Newman (15-4) (Last Week No. 1)…Had their toughest league week in nearly two years and still won games and 34 and 40. The tough part was the first half against Santa Rosa in which they only had a 37-33 halftime lead. They ended up winning 83-49. Sophomore Maiya Flores scored 23 in the win and then added 17 in Saturday’s win over Casa Grande.
No. 2 Santa Rosa (11-8) (5)…Had a nice week winning three of four. Even the loss turned some heads momentarily when they trailed Cardinal Newman by 4 at the half. They finished off the week with wins over Montgomery and Foothill in a 24 hour period. The win over Foothill will help come NCS seeding time.
No. 3 Analy (11-9) (6)…Got the expected two wins to raise its winning streak to six. Junior Isabella Niedermair had 12 points and ten rebounds in a win over Elsie Allen. It is her first double-double of the season.
No. 4 Montgomery (13-6) (3)…Had a tough turnaround ending the first half with Santa Rosa and have Cardinal Newman coming up next. Was another good week for Sophomore Shayla Newman who missed by two rebounds against Santa Rosa of a two double-double week. She had a 15 point, 22 rebound game in a 49-30 win over Casa Grande.
No. 5 Kelseyville (15-3) (9)…Was having a nice little season and then bang, they take over first place with the win over Middletown. Riley Goff scored 19 points, 12 of those in the first quarter as Kelseyville took a 15-7 lead. Middletown did rally before Kelseyville pulled away in the fourth quarter.
No. 6 Middletown (13-5) (2)… Had a seven game winning streak and a 16 game league winning streak snapped by Kelseyville. Do they have a countdown calendar to the rematch on February 12th?
No. 7 Casa Grande (11-7) (4)…Wasn’t an easy week with back to back games against Montgomery and Cardinal Newman. It doesn’t get much easier with a home game against Santa Rosa next. They did edge Santa Rosa the first time around 45-44.
No. 8 Sonoma Academy (15-0) (8)…A three win week including the showdown for first over Upper Lake. Every other league win is by double figures.
No. 9 Sonoma Valley (11-8) (NR)…The league favorite at the beginning of the season is playing that way with a four game winning streak. Huge win over Healdsburg on Saturday 51-47. It was a tight game in which Healdsburg was held to one point in the last 3:40. Kayla Smith hit five 3’s on her way to a game high 19 points, which are both season highs. Her last three was after she got an offensive rebound and it gave Sonoma Valley the lead for good at 45-43 with 4:40 left.
No. 10 Ukiah (10-8) (NR)…They are mirroring their Boys team. A three game winning streak puts them in the thick of things. The turnaround game was a 52-51 win over Casa Grande which started the streak. Cassidy Schutz scored in double figures in all three wins.
Will come early in week with Boys, along with other notes.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Emily Codding, Santa Rosa
A four game week and a four game double double week.
Codding started the week with a 29 point game against Rancho Cotate and then had three straight 17 points games against three solid teams. In the game against Montgomery she was hitting three pointers from NBA range.
For the season she is averaging 18.2 in scoring and 14.5 in rebounds.
Cardinal Newman has full control with a two games lead at the halfway point. The honor for the closest game belongs to Rancho Cotate and that was a 72-44 score. The winning streak is now 28 in league play, which is the equivalent of two league seasons. The streak is 32 counting the NBL post season tournament.
Like the NBL Boy,s right behind the leader is wildness.
At 5-2 Santa Rosa is in second place. Tied for third one game out are Casa Grande, Montgomery and Ukiah.
Tuesday: Cardinal Newman at Montgomery and Santa Rosa at Casa Grande
Thursday: Montgomery at Ukiah
Next Monday: Santa Rosa at Ukiah
Just noting: Rancho Cotate Sophomore Camille Spackman scored 30 in a 68-57 win over Windsor. She was 12 of 17 from the field and also pulled down eight rebounds.
The first half has had some good games between the contenders. Still how much suspense this race has for the league title could be decided on Thursday when Analy travels to Sonoma Valley. On Tuesday Sonoma Valley hosts Elsie Allen, while Analy has the league bye.
Analy is 6-0, which is one game ahead of Sonoma Valley. The first meeting on January 8th was a 36-30 Analy win. Analy outscored Sonoma Valley 17-3 in the fourth quarter to take the win.
Healdsburg is 4-2 and it is a frustrating 4-2. The two losses were in Overtime to Analy and a four point loss to Sonoma Valley in which they had the lead with five minutes left.
In a 57-37 win over Petaluma earlier last week, Healdsburg’s Hailey Roux scored 20 points and went over the 1,000 point mark in her career.
Kelseyville proved they were for real with the win over Middletown.
Kelseyville at 6-0 has a one game lead over Middletown. The two teams next meet on February 12th at Middletown. That is six games away.
Sonoma Academy win over Upper Lake is the difference in this race.
Upper Lake’s Natalie Karlsson had a nice bounce back game from her seven point performance against Sonoma Academy. On Friday she scored 31 in a 58-54 win over Roseland University Prep.
Mendocino at 5-0 has a one game lead over Round Valley. The difference is the January 15th 45-37 win by Mendocino over Round Valley.
This week senior Kiera Poehlman scored a season high 21 in a win over Laytonville.
SMALL SCHOOL BRIDGE
El Sobrante Christian has a one game lead over Rio Lindo Adventist and Summerfield Waldorf 3-1. El Sobrante Christian is at Rio Lindo on Monday.
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