Ashlee Whittemore scored 28 points and had seven steals, six rebounds and two assists as the Justin-Siena High School girls basketball team beat Sir Francis Drake, 50-44, in a Marin County Athletic League game last week.
Ally Jackson (eight points, five rebounds, two assists), Karlie Wells (seven points), Kiran Monteverdi (four points), Mary Minigan (three points, four assists, two rebounds), Emmy Morrison (two rebounds, two assists), and Ella Thatcher (three assists, two steals) were other team leaders for Justin-Siena (12-11 overall, 6-6 Marin County Athletic League).
Drake came out shooting the ball well, hitting three of its first four three-pointers and taking double-digit leads multiple times throughout the first half. Drake took a 28-21 lead into halftime.
Down 34-24 late in the third quarter, the Braves turned up the pressure on defense and started hitting shots from the outside, going on a 16-2 run to take a 40-36 lead.
However, Drake tied the game twice, at 40-40 and at 43-43, before Whittemore hit a 3-point shot from the corner on a great pass from Mary Minigan to put the Braves in front for good.
Whittemore scored the Braves’ last 12 points of the game.
The Braves only had 10 turnovers to Drake’s 21 and also were 13-of-19 from the free-throw line.
“Incredible effort and win from this team tonight,” said coach Andy Bettencourt. “I thought we did a great job of keeping our composure and fighting through some rough shooting early. Sometimes frustration can take over in those situations, and it’s a credit to our kids that they fought through the tough times and were able to execute on both ends of the floor late to get the win.”
Optimist Youth Basketball
11th-12th grade boys division
In the first week of the playoffs, Zach Hemmerlin scored seven of his 10 points in the fourth quarter to rally Rotary from an eight-point deficit to a 60-51 win over Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty Law Offices. Alex Perez de Leon added nine points, seven rebounds and four steals for Rotary, Alec Cornwell had 10 points and two steals, Rodrigo Mendez tallied nine points and eight boards, James Bell had seven points and two blocked shots, Mark Newman grabbed nine rebounds, Ben Poulsen scored five points, Hemmerlin had four steals, and Gage Bement had two steals. Rudy Reyes paced DP&F with 17 points and Brandon Enriquez posted eight points, seven rebounds and two steals. Xavier Salciedo had seven points and two blocked shots, Ruhani Odofin got six boards and four points, Carlos Mendez had five rebounds and four points, and Pedro Ortiz contributed six boards and three points.
Zach Materne posted 17 rebounds, 12 points and three steals to spark Napa Police Officers Association to a 45-44 victory over R&S Glazing. Larsen Cole scored 10 points and had three steals for Police, Ben Scudero netted eight points, Jackson Miller scored seven points, Savio Pisani had four points and three steals, and Willem Demsky added four points. Gabe Estrada had 15 rebounds and eight points for R&S, Daniel Mateescu had 14 points, Martin Alvarez had 10 points and seven boards, and Sean Tooker posted 12 rebounds, four points and two steals.
Jacob Midyette scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to spark Deputy Sheriff’s Officers Association to a 42-37 comeback win over Napa Valley Jewelers. Freddy Tenbrink grabbed 15 rebounds and scored three points for Sheriff’s, Mario Llamas scored 11 points, Gurki Sandhu had five points and two blocked shots, Liam Miller netted six points, and Caleb Vallejo and Jordan Richied both pulled down five boards. AJ Greenlaw led Jewelers with 18 points, Andrew Raymond got five points and five rebounds, Desmond Humphries added five boards and two blocked shots, Caden Cortese scored five points, Cole Ridling got four points, Troy Ghisletta had three points, and Michael Blatteis had five rebounds and two steals.
Nielson Construction defeated the Sharks, 60-36, getting 16 points and seven rebounds from Nathan Daniel, Elias Dion’s 14 points, seven points and seven boards by Justin Yates, five points and two steals from Finn Glascutt, Tyler Ghisletta’s five points, three points by Michael Wyckoff, and Calvin Bird’s 10 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Dylan Paul scored nine points for Sharks, JJ Hammond posted six rebounds and four points, Jimmy Whitt, Louis O’Brien, and Carlos Traves all netted five points, Cameron Bell scored four points, and Cesar Garcia grabbed five boards.
Juvenal Barajas scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter as Sunrise Rotary edged Fazerrati’s Pizza, 45-40. Alex Velasco had 13 points for Sunrise, Joseph Aldridge got nine points and seven boards, Miguel Nave scored five points, Peyton Pettigrew grabbed five boards, and Albert Topete contributed 10 rebounds, five points, and two steals. Christian Garcia had 10 points and two steals for Fazerrati’s, Tyson Tanksley had nine rebounds and four points, Toby Montoya got six points and five boards, Camron Kizer scored four points, and Kyle Miller contributed eight points, five rebounds, and two steals.
Girls middle school division
Soroptimist won 34-13 over Anette’s Chocolates, riding double-double efforts from two players. Livia Hegberg scored 15 points to go with her 10 rebounds, while teammate Twyla Borck had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Aelyn van Gorder had eight points and seven rebounds. Serafina Ruffinmoedi turned in a stellar defensive performance, grabbing six rebounds and getting seven steals. Anette’s Samantha Davis had nine points and 10 rebounds. Alex Whipple and Jasmine Palmas each added two points. Maeve Roberts pulled down six rebounds.
Custom House won 33-26 over McDonald’s. Juliette Moshetti scored all six of her points in the decisive fourth quarter as Custom House pulled away for the victory, capping an undefeated season. Jillian Towe led the Custom House scoring with 12 points, followed by Noelani Gregor with six points. Gregor and Madison Poljanec each had six rebounds. McDonald’s kept the game close with a balanced scoring effort, led by Samantha Shelton with nine points, Chloe Dinsdale with five, Bianca Avalos with four and Quincy Frommelt with two. Shelton also hauled in six rebounds.