The Napa High girls basketball team seemed to have learned something playing River Valley a week ago in the first round of the Lincoln tournament.
The Indians lost that game by 23 points to the eventual champions, but they haven’t lost since. They won their third straight Thursday night, 52-28 over visiting American Canyon. The 24-point win followed a 30-point win over Capital Christian in Saturday’s fifth-place game in Lincoln.
“After doing well in the Lincoln tournament, our team has been playing with so much confidence and energy,” Napa head coach Darci Ward said. “So happy to see their hard work paying off.”
Carly Johnson and Malia Blackmon each had 12 points to lead the Indians (5-7) in scoring. Johnson, who also collected six rebounds and three steals, just beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer. Blackmon, who had two 3-pointers, also had three rebounds and two steals.
Perhaps the star of the game for Ward was Breck Hearn, who amassed 19 rebounds while adding four points and four steals.
“She played amazing tonight,” Ward said. “She brought such great energy and worked really hard for all her boards.”
Also for Napa, Anna Ghisletta had seven points, three rebounds and three steals, Jane McLoughlin six pts, four rebounds, eight assists and two steals, and Jenna Baker hit a 3-pointer and chipped in two rebounds and two steals.
American Canyon was led by Robyn-Elizabeth Yan’s eight points, three steals and four rebounds, and Adriauna Samodio’s seven points, four assists and two rebounds.
Louralei Salonga chipped in five points and two rebounds, Lauren Summers four points, one assist and three rebounds, Trinity Tapia two points, two steals, three assists and four rebounds, and Erika Culannay two points.
Napa plays at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Benicia (2-9), which is trying to snap a four-game skid.
Varsity Girls Soccer
American Canyon 4, Napa 2
Both teams shook off their holiday rust Thursday night at Memorial Stadium as the Wolves, playing their first game in 17 days, scored twice and allowed only one goal in each half to defeat the Indians, playing for the first time in 15 days.
American Canyon (3-7-2) got two goals from Jaylynn Del Rosario, a goal and assist from Ana Herrera, a goal from Isabelle Ramos, and an assist from Korie Harvey.
Alexia Koutouris and Hannah Williams scored for the Indians (3-4-3), who will host University at 1 p.m. Saturday and visit Vallejo at 7 p.m. Tuesday to wrap up nonleague play.
The Wolves will close their nonleague schedule by hosting Wood at 7 p.m. Monday.
Varsity Girls Wrestling
Locals compete in Vintage tourney
Six of the nine local grapplers competing in the 20th annual Napa Valley Classic at Vintage High won their first-round matches on Friday, and several appeared like they would advance to Saturday’s rounds in the double-elimination event.
Here was their status at press time:
For Vintage, Izza Belle Ygnalaga (137 pounds) pinned Orland’s Delena Highley-Golia in her opener before losing by a technical fall, 17-1, to Terra Nova’s Mikaela Contreras. She stayed alive by pinning Menlo’s Mari Callahan and was to face Tokay’s Maleena Garvey next.
Martha Avila (189) pinned Isabella Nunez of Willits to earn a second-round match against Clear Lake’s Ashley Vasquez.
Chloe Jones (121) was pinned by Ezzery Shelley (Lodi), but stayed alive by pinning Hiram Johnson’s Alyssa Ybarra and Del Oro’s Jordyn Pauser. She was to face Eureka’s Kelli Johnston next.
Madeline Maurer went 0-2, getting pinned by Trinity Diokno of El Camino-South San Francisco and Kaelyn Siason of Everett Alvarez.
Romina Castro (150) also went 0-2, losing each of her matches by default.
For American Canyon, Angelina Turner (143) pinned Upland’s Liliana Escobedo to earn a second-round match against Newark Memorial’s Emmily Patneaud.
Adrienne Dominguez (170) edged Selma’s Ashley Paz and was to face Stagg’s Angel Vasquez next.
Maylin Reyes (106) won by 15-0 technical fall over Dayana Salinas of Menlo, but was then pinned by Mia Bonatan of Benicia. She was to open consolation action against Tiffany Phan of Milpitas.
Yvonne Cruz (116) finished 2-2, pinning Nicole Sanchez (San Leandro) in her opener and losing 6-1 to Newark Memorial’s Christina Craig. Jones came back with a 9-4 consolation win over Ripon’s Avery Thomason, but was then pinned by Kaelyn Siason of Everett Alvarez.
JV Boys Basketball
Napa 59, Bethel 34
Logan Van Zandt led the Indians with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Brayden Greenlee dropped in 15 points, and Will Marseille scored eight. Napa’s defense held Bethel to nine points in the first period and five in the third, allowing the hosts to put the game out of reach in the fourth.
Heritage 69, Vintage 39
The Crushers (7-5) traveled to Brentwood on Wednesday and fell despite Logan Nothmann’s 10 points and eight assists, and Luke Williams’ nine points and eight rebounds.
“We played a good first half, but our turnovers caught up to us,” Vintage coach Ben Goodman said. “We have to value the basketball better.”