The Montgomery Vikings have two teams qualified for the Nor Cal playoffs.
One went after what rates as one of the upsets of the season, which happened to be one of the games of the season. The other wasn’t a bad game either.
I will not try to fake that I was at one of the games of the season. I didn’t go to the Montgomery Boys game, not because I didn’t think they had much of a chance, even though I didn’t think they had much of a chance. I had been debating all week which game to go to, Montgomery Boys or Girls. It was during a week I haven’t doing well health wise. The health issue was the tie-breaker on which game to go to. The trip to Montgomery was shorter and I figured less of a crowd to deal 104mead clark
So the reports below on the Montgomery Boys were from sources. This is a good time to thank my sources, who are my eyes and ears of the local scene and help us with updating the Facebook/Twitter scoreboard page.
The source that I had for the Montgomery-Windsor game has been there for us almost since I have been writing for this website. He came through last night, updating like a seasoned pro. On the scoreboard page there were seven updates posted from the 5:51 left in the fourth through the OT. There would have been more, but as I was waiting for the updates after the Montgomery Girls game, my phone battery died. So I had to scramble home, plug it in and get caught up.
I was at the first overtime game between Windsor and Montgomery. When I left that game I was thinking Windsor is so good they can have a bad game and still survive against a decent to good Montgomery team.
I didn’t really expect Windsor to have that big of a problem this time. Again that isn’t why I didn’t go. I rarely base a sporting event on what I think about it, especially a big game like this. I have been wrong before (I know, shock).
It turns out that Montgomery appears to have the combination on Windsor that no other team had. Windsor averaged 59 points a game and scored under 50 twice. Both times that was against Montgomery. It this game they scored 51 and needed an OT to do it.
This was a close game all the way. The biggest spread of all the was four points. In the last 5:51 of regulation and Overtime there were at least four ties and three lead changes.
Montgomery had a 44-41 lead with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter and Windsor rallied to force overtime.
Windsor led 49-46 with 2:20 left in overtime. Montgomery outscored them down the stretch 7-2.
Windsor will live with the stat of 3 of 23 from three point range. Despite that Gabe Knight almost carried them home. He scored 21 of his 27 points after halftime. That includes all 11 of Windsor’s fourth quarter points.
Alex Soria led the Vikings with 16 points. When Windsor had the 49-46 OT lead, he hit four straight free throws to give Montgomery the lead for good.
It is a disappointing finish for what was a dominating Windsor team and they finish the season 25-4.
The Montgomery Girls win wasn’t as good of a game or as big of crowd, but still was pretty good.
Montgomery led the game most of the way, but withstood every Concord rally and took a 54-48 win.
Montgomery trailed 2-0 and that was it. Montgomery scored seven straight and went from there.
The biggest Montgomery lead was eleven, which they had a couple of times. Once was at 31-20 with 6:44 left in the third quarter when Concord made a mini-run to cut it to 36-32 with 3:30 left. Concord’s leading scorer on the season and in this game Jessica Solis, scored seven straight Concord points during the run. The sophomore ended up with a game high 15.
Montgomery scored the next six points to regain control at 42-32. The Vikings sophomore Shayla Newman scored four during that mini run, part of her team high 14 points. Yes, she did have a double-double with ten rebounds.
Rebounding was the key for the Vikings. In the third quarter alone they out rebounded Concord 15-3 and over half of the Vikings 15 points were on second chance shots.
A basket by LaDonna Saint Louis, part of her 13 point game, gave Montgomery another 11 point lead at 44-33. That is when Concord made run number two, scoring nine straight points to cut it to 44-42 with 4:20 left. Ciara O’ Kelly scored four of her 11 points during the run. Concord had a hard time getting rebounds, but when they did she was the one who usually got it getting a team high ten. She is a junior so you can expect to see this team back around this time of the season, next year. They end this season 23-6 and were undefeated Diablo Valley League Champs.
After the two teams traded two baskets, it was a 48-46 game with two minutes left. Montgomery scored six straight to put the well-played game away.
If you haven’t noticed the Montgomery Girls program is back. It is easy to miss that considering what Cardinal Newman has done. The win gives Montgomery a 20-9 record, which is the first time in three years they have hit the twenty win mark. That was after an incredible run of eleven straight twenty win seasons.
The two local Division 3 teams, the Analy Boys and Sonoma Valley Girls ran into buzz saws and season’s ended.
Twelve more local teams take their shot at a Nor Cal spot today, five Boys and seven Girls.
No. 8 Montgomery 53 No. 1 Windsor 51 (OT)
No. 8 Montgomery (17-11) at No.4 Newark Memorial (20-8)
No. 4 Montgomery 54 No. 5 Concord 48
No. 4 Montgomery (20-9) at No. 1 Carondelet (21-6)…7 pm
No. 1 Moreau Catholic 83 No. 8 Analy 40
Analy ends the season 20-9.
No. 3 Campolindo 72 No. 11 Sonoma Valley 41
Sonoma Valley ends the season 21-9
No. 8 Cardinal Newman (20-9) at No. 1 Salesian (25-4)…8 pm
No. 9 Kelseyville (23-5) at No. 1 Salesian (23-5)…6:30
No. 7 Middletown (23-6) at No. 2 Cardinal Newman (25-4)…7 pm
No. 5 Cloverdale (25-4) vs. No. 4 Stuart Hall (18-10) at Kezar Pavilion in SF….3:30
No. 10 College Prep (17-8) at No. 2 Cloverdale (23-6)…7 pm
No. 8 Rio Lindo Adventist (19-5) at No. 1 Emery (20-6)…8 pm
No. 7 St. Elizabeth (18-8) at No. 2 Anderson Valley (20-5)…7 pm
No. 6 CSD (Fremont) (20-9) at No. 3 Archbishop Hanna (24-4)…7 pm
No. 8 Rincon Valley Christian (20-8) at No. 1 St. Bernard’s (18-9)…6:30
No. 5 Round Valley (18-7) at No. 4 CSD Fremont (20-5)…7 pm
No. 10 Point Arena (15-11) at No. 2 Emery (14-5)…6:30
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