The Vintage High girls basketball team defeated visiting Justin-Siena, 66-56, in each team’s season opener Saturday night.
“If this was a preview for next year’s league realignment, we’re in for some fantastic hard-fought games,” Crushers head coach Joe Donohoe said. “Both teams showed early on they were willing to play extremely hard and that it was going to be an all-night battle.”
The Braves came out strong and held a 14-12 lead after one quarter. The teams traded buckets during a very competitive second quarter, and Bailey Loban got a steal and a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give Vintage a 31-27 halftime lead.
The Crushers widened their lead to double digits in the third quarter, but Ashlee Whittemore and Ally Jackson continued to keep Justin-Siena in the game. Knocking down several shots, they helped close Vintage’s lead to 48-41 by the end of the quarter.
The Braves continued to battle, pulling to within two points midway through the fourth quarter. But the Crushers hit 6 of 7 free throws down the stretch, with Megan Kuehl going 4 for 4, to seal the victory.
Vintage’s Alyssa Andrews led all scorers with 20 points and added five rebounds and three steals. Loban had a “phenomenal” defensive game, Donohoe said, to go with her 11 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists. Kate Ilsley had 10 points and eight rebounds, Kuehl had eight points and seven rebounds, Carlyn Bacci added seven points and two steals, and Nicole Gleeson had six points, seven rebounds and four steals and was extremely active on the defensive end.
“It was a fantastic high school basketball game between two programs that have the utmost respect for one another,” Donohoe added.
Whittemore had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists and Jackson had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead Justin-Siena. Emmy Morrison added seven points and six rebounds, Mary Minigan had five points and three assists, Kiran Monteverdi scored five, Karlie Wells had three points and three rebounds, and Ella Thatcher scored two.
“This was an exciting and well played high school basketball game,” Braves head coach Andy Bettencourt said. “Both teams came out and made plays and made shots throughout the game and the intensity was incredible throughout. Unfortunately for us, they were able to make a few more shots than us and really hurt us with offensive rebounds. We are incredibly proud of the effort and intensity from our team.”
Justin-Siena hosts St. Patrick-St. Vincent at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Vintage visits Capital Christian in Sacramento for its exhibition Foundation Game at 6 p.m. Monday, then opens Sonoma Valley’s Dragon Classic tournament at 8:30 p.m. Thursday against Analy.
Sonoma Valley 43, American Canyon 18
Robyn Yan had nine points and Micah Lawrence three to lead the Wolves, who trailed 26-7 at halftime of their season opener in Sonoma on Saturday.
American Canyon will visit Armijo at 6 p.m. Monday for its Foundation Game, then opens its Winter Wolf Classic against Florin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Varsity Cross Country
Trio competes in state meet
In Saturday’s CIF State Championships at Fresno’s Woodward Park, Justin-Siena senior Hannah Chau finished 26th in the Division IV girls race in 19:07.06, Vintage freshman Mary Deeik was 35th in the Division II girls race in 18:52.1, and Vintage junior Manny Guzman was 79th in the Division II boys race in 16:37.2.
Varsity Boys Basketball
Napa 54, Santa Rosa 46
The Indians took a 40-25 lead into the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s season opener at Messner Gym and held on for the win.
They were led by Mitch Hippauf’s 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, Joe Carnazola’s 13 points, 12 rebounds and two assists, and Vince O’Kelley’s 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Charles Gravett and Stephen Blume each added four points, Alex Kokotas and Danny Ruiz chipped in three apiece, and Zach Swim had two points and three assists.
Napa visits Pioneer for its Foundation Game at 8 p.m. Monday, before hosting Delta at 8 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Wine Valley Tournament.
JV Girls Basketball
Vintage 48, Justin-Siena 6
All 10 Crushers contributed to their scoring, led by Toni Dodson’s 14 points. Naza Garcia added eight, Gabi Richardson and Brianna Banks six each, and Ellie Savage four. Maggie Anderson, Perla Bautista, Erin Bernier, Bella Poljanec and Mary Lastrella chipped in two points apiece.