Local Report

Ashlee Whittemore scored 23 points and had six rebounds, six assists and two steals to lead the Justin-Siena High School girls basketball team to a 49-35 nonleague win Wednesday over Kelseyville.

Using pressure defense and transition offense, the Braves (4-3 overall) came out hot, racing to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter. Getting up by as much as 22 in the first half, the Braves would never allow Kelseyville to get within single digits the rest of the game.

Ally Jackson (12 points, seven rebounds), Kiran Monteverdi (four points, five rebounds, three steals), Emmy Morrison (four points, four rebounds), Mary Minigan (two points, seven assists, three rebounds), Karlie Wells (two points, one rebound), and Ella Thatcher (two points) also contributed for the Braves.

“This was definitely one of the better games we played all season,” said coach Andy Bettencourt. “We came out shooting the ball very well and were able to get a lead early against a good team.

“Our kids continue to work hard to get better and it is showing in each game. We know we have a tough opponent coming up on Friday night and will be working hard to be prepared.”

Justin-Siena and Napa meet on Friday night at 5:30 p.m.

Varsity Girls Basketball

Vintage 66, Fairfield 33

Megan Kuehl and Bailey Loban each had 10 points and four steals as the Crushers improved to 4-5 with Tuesday night’s home victory.

Carlyn Bacci had nine points, five rebounds and four steals, Nicole Gleeson had six points, five steals, three assists and three blocked shots, Kate Ilsley and Morgan Groves also had six points apiece, Alyssa Andrews had four points, four rebounds and four steals, Emily Harlow and Dellaina Morse each had four points, Maggie Schuh had three points, and Maite Macias and Lily Meyers chipped in two points each.

“We came out focused, and energized tonight,” Vintage head coach Joe Donohoe said. “We got out in transition well all game long, and our defense was solid tip to buzzer. Everyone on the team contributed to this victory.”

Napa 42, Santa Rosa 40

Sofia Brandon made two free throws with seven seconds to go to break a tie game and lift Napa to the nonleague win on Tuesday.

Napa played half-court man at the end of the game.

Napa was ahead by five points with 1:30 to go.

Santa Rosa tied the game 40-40 with 41 seconds left.

“We had a rough weekend in our tournament and I am extremely proud of how they came out and played in this game,” said coach Darci Ward. “We played aggressive and did not back down. The girls made smart decisions throughout the game in order to pull away a bit.

“The turnovers at the end were costly, but the girls kept their composure and never let up. The composure by Sofia Brandon was huge at the end of the game.”

Carly Johnson led Napa with 15 points and three steals. Brandon followed with 10 points.

Malia Blackmon had eight points, three assists and three steals, and played a great second quarter to keep Napa in the game.

Jane McLoughlin had four points, three rebounds and four assists. Breck Hearn had five rebounds. Faith Bartlett had four rebounds. Anna Ghisletta had six rebounds, three steals and one assist. Jenna Baker had four rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Wood 73, American Canyon 36

Adriauna Samodio led the Wolves with 16 points, two steals and four rebounds in Monday night’s loss in Vacaville.

Trinity Tapia added five points, five assists, five rebounds and a steal for American Canyon (1-7). Mariah Carlyle added four points, four rebounds and a steal; Erika Culannay had three points, a steal and a rebound; Chezlaine Barrero had three points and three rebounds; Lauren Summers had two points, two rebounds, two steals and an assist; and Ima Tapaoan had two points.

The Wolves host Rancho Cotate (3-5) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, before opening the Dixon Ram Jam Tournament on Dec. 27 with a 12:30 p.m. game against Amador.

Varsity Boys basketball

Inderkum 78, American Canyon 73

The Wolves have yet to fall under .500 because they won their first game and every other one since. After dropping Tuesday’s heartbreaker in Sacramento, American Canyon (5-5) will be due for a win in its next game. But it will be a tall task facing defending Monticello Empire League champion Wood, led by a 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-5 pair, at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27 in the first round of the Cordova Holiday Tournament.

Malik Ghiden had 24 points to lead the balanced Wolves on Tuesday, with Davin Lusung, John Wade and Tyler Sims each adding 10 points and Oliver Aandahl eight.

JV Boys Basketball

Napa 49, Petaluma 41

Brayden Greenlee led all scorers with 15 points, and had three rebounds and three assists.

Jack Hunter and Jack Giguiere each had 10 points and seven rebounds combined.

Isaiah Newton (five rebounds, four points, one block), Lucas Brandon (two blocks, two rebounds, four points), Will Marseille (three points, four rebounds, one assist), Darren Roberts (two points, one rebound), and Azreal Hillyer, Joe LaLiberte, and Tony Gonzalez also contributed to the win.

Winters 42, St. Helena 41

With seconds left, the Saints clung to a one-point lead, but an ill-advised foul with just two ticks on the clock put the hosting Warriors at the line to sink the go-ahead free throws.

Saturday’s game ended with a desperate shot attempt by the Saints that was unsuccessful.

Emmet Bowen and Fawad Muhammad led St. Helena with 10 points apiece. Caleb Jeske scored eight.

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