The Napa High junior varsity girls basketball team won the Lincoln Tournament, routing Rio Americano on Thursday, 61-7, edging Rio Linda on Friday, 47-45, and dominating the hosting Zebras in Saturday’s championship game, 60-33.
Hannah Newman and Charlotte Gerard were chosen as All-Tournament players. Newman averaged five points and seven rebounds per game and excelled at guarding taller post players and preventing points in the paint. Gerard averaged 15 points and three rebounds per game, shooting over 45 percent from 3-point range.
Cali Olmstead gave Napa energy with several game-changing blocks, including two run-down blocks to stop a breakaway layup. Maizy Armstrong-Brown was another standout, averaging eight points and five rebounds.
Devan Wickersham had a good tournament as well, averaging 12 points and three rebounds. She was often charged with guarding the best player on the other team and forced several turnovers and tough shots.
The Indians (9-4) will host American Canyon at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Varsity Boys Basketball
St. Helena goes 1-2 at Fort Bragg tournament
At the Fort Bragg Holiday Tournament, the Saints were missing starters Ethan Battistini and Collin Darrall as they opened with a 48-28 loss to St. Bernard’s of Eureka on Thursday and fell 54-33 to Kelseyville on Friday. With Battistini back, they bounced back Saturday with a 39-36 win over the hosting Timberwolves.
Against eventual tournament runner-up St. Bernard’s, St. Helena turned in an inspiring defensive effort in the first half and went into halftime with the score tied 15-15. The Saints had a hard time finding the bottom of the net in the second half, however. They were led by Nick Jeweroski’s 10 points and eight rebounds, Stephen Collins’ seven points, and Christian Iano’s five points and one assist.
The next day, St. Helena trailed Kelseyville 25-12 at halftime. They outscored the Knights – one of the favorites in the Saints’ North Central League I – 14-11 in the third quarter behind six points apiece from Christian Cia and Iano. But they trailed 36-26 going into the fourth quarter and couldn’t get closer.
Iano had 12 points with three treys, Cia six points, five steals, two rebounds and two deflected passes, Jewerowski six points and five rebounds, and Olie Russum five points, five rebounds and four deflected passes. Jonathan Gamble collected two points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and eight deflected passes, and Kostas Kelperis chipped in two points.
“Even though we lost our first two games, holding both St. Bernard’s and Kelseyville – two high-scoring offenses – to under 55 points is something the kids can build on,” St. Helena head coach Joe Densberger said.
Against Fort Bragg, the Saints took a 6-2 lead after one quarter before Battistini – back from vacation – scored eight points and Gamble four in the second quarter for a 20-16 halftime lead. Battistini continued his hot shooting in the third quarter, netting nine points, as the Saints increased their lead to 33-22. They went cold in the fourth quarter, both from the field and the free-throw line, but held on for an important victory.
“It wasn’t the prettiest game, but a win is a win, and it’ll make the trip home a lot more enjoyable,” Densberger said. “Most importantly, with two starters missing most of the tournament, everyone got important minutes against strong competition. That will help the team when league starts next week.”
Battistini finished with 23 points and seven rebounds, Jeweroski five points and seven rebounds, Gamble four points, two rebounds, three steals and five deflected passes, Russum four points, three steals and five deflected passes, and Ryan Rockwood three points and two steals.
The Saints host Lower Lake in their NCL I opener at 7 p.m. Wednesday.