GIRLS RANKINGS…PLAYER OF WEEK…UPDATE ON RACES
No. 1 Cardinal Newman (20-4) (Last Week No. 1)…As expected the North Bay League is wrapped up. They now look to finish the race undefeated for the second straight season. They hit the twenty win mark for the third straight season. They are looking for a No. 1 seed in the Division 4 playoffs. They are No. 2 in the power rankings behind Salesian.
No. 2 Sonoma Valley (15-8) (2)…They are hot at the right time. It was a slow week with only one game, which was their eighth straight win. Has three games in next four days.
No. 3 Kelseyville (20-3) (4)…A three win week gives them a 20 win year, their first since 2008. They have had a remarkable comeback since then. Last year they finished over .500 for the first time since 2008. In 2012 and 2013 they were a combined 5-30.
No. 4 Middletown (18-5) (5)…They continue to win to keep in the NCL I race. They dodged a bullet with a 38-37 win over Cloverdale. They have won 11 of 12 with the only loss to Kelseyville.
No. 5 Analy (14-10) (6)…They followed up the loss to Sonoma Valley with a three win week. Two of the wins were over teams that will be in the SCL post season tournament. Junior Isabella Neidermair scored a season high 19 in a win over Petaluma. She also had ten rebounds for her third double-double in five games.
No. 6 Santa Rosa (15-9) (3)…After starting the week with a loss to Ukiah they won two straight. They are one win away from at least a ten win league season for the seventh straight season.
No. 7 Montgomery (17-7) (7)…They have won four straight and eight of ten with one of the losses to Cardinal Newman. Shayla Newman continues to roll. She had a 29 point, 25 rebound game in a win over Rancho Cotate. Both are season highs.
No. 8 Sonoma Academy (19-1) (8)…After losing their first game to St. Joseph Notre Dame, they had a two win week including a 38-27 win over Rincon Valley Christian. They are one win away from their first 20 win season since 2013. They are close to their third league title in four years.
No. 9 Ukiah (13-10) (NR)…Won a big game over Casa Grande on Saturday 60-54. The game was for the fourth place in the NBL race. They have had a nice turnaround winning six of the last eight, with one of the losses to Cardinal Newman.
No. 10 Healdsburg (18-5) (10)…Ended the week with losses to Analy and Petaluma to fall out of the SCL race. Still a good shot for a twenty win season for the first time since 2007.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Avery Cargill (Cardinal Newman)
As Cardinal Newman was wrapping up the NBL championship up with a three win week, the freshman averaged over 17 points and six assists a game. She was six of ten from three point range and also had six assists during the week. She did that by playing about half of each game.
NORTH BAY LEAGUE
First place belongs to Cardinal Newman. They are lined up behind them in separate places which mean there are no ties. In order behind Cardinal Newman spaced one game apart are Santa Rosa, Montgomery, Ukiah and Casa Grande.
Casa Grande is hurt for the final spot in the NBL post season tournament tie-breaker wise with two losses to Ukiah. Add to it they end the regular season on Thursday at Cardinal Newman.
Cardinal Newman also travels to Santa Rosa on Tuesday. Part of a tough week for Santa Rosa who is at Montgomery on Thursday. Montgomery is at Casa Grande on Tuesday, so a lot a games between potential post season tournament teams to end the league season.
The only team of the five that doesn’t apply to is Ukiah whose two games are against teams that are out of the race. On Tuesday, they host Maria Carrillo and on Thursday they are at Rancho Cotate. If things break right for them, they could get a home game in the NBL post season tournament first round.
SONOMA COUNTY LEAGUE
The league race ends with a three game week for most of the teams. The four teams that will be in the post season tournament are set. This week will decide the order.
Analy has played one more game then Sonoma Valley and has a half game lead. Both teams have one loss, which is to each other. If the two teams end up tied Analy will get the No. 1 seed because they have the best number drawn at the beginning of the season. Sonoma Valley has the toughest schedule of the two.
Healdsburg and Petaluma will be the road teams in the first round. They are tied for third at 6-4. Both teams have two games left.
Petaluma had its best win of the season on Saturday, defeating Healdsburg 38-31. They meet Sonoma Valley on Tuesday.
A two team race with three games to go. At 11-0 Kelseyville leads Middletown by one game. The two teams meet at Middletown on Friday.
The league is having a post season tournament this year. Cloverdale will be the No. 3 seed
Sonoma Academy is in control at 10-0. Upper Lake, who went into the week with one league loss, dropped two games. One of the losses was to St. Vincent 38-27. That moved St. Vincent into second place at 7-2.
Sonoma Academy has back to back games against St. Vincent and Upper Lake this week.
At 9-0 Mendocino has a one game lead over Round Valley with three to go. Mendocino hosts Round Valley on Tuesday. In the first meeting Mendocino took a 45-37 win.
SMALL SCHOOL BRIDGE
At 8-1 Rio Lindo Adventist is one game back El Sobrante Christian. The two teams don’t meet again.
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