Bolstered by a near shutout performance from the floor in the first half, the Petaluma T-Girls rolled past host Healdsburg, 47-25, for their third consecutive Sonoma Valley League victory on Tuesday.
Petaluma held the Lady Hounds without a field goal for 15 minutes until a 2-point basket by Coral Godinez narrowed the margin to 23-6 at halftime.
"We had a good practice on Monday, and that always scares me a bit," said Petaluma coach Doug Johnson, "it doesn't always affect the way we play defense and the girls played that well tonight."
Foul trouble plagued Petaluma from the opening quarter, but Healdsburg could not capitalize. The Hounds only went to the line once in the second quarter when the T-Girls tightened things up, and the hosts converted only four of eight free throws in the early going.
The win was the fifth in succession for the T-Girls, who won't be much of a secret much longer after quietly rolling to a 13-3 record and 3-0 in the SCL. Wins over Piner, Analy and Healdsburg have now been recorded by double digits.
Another steady effort by point guard Kierra Lizama and a 15-point breakout game by sophomore Joelle Krist made the victory against a winning Greyhound team very convincing.
Lizama turned in her best performance of the season in a 58-44 win over Analy on Saturday, and she followed it up with six points, three steals and a couple of assists against the Hounds.
Krist, who struggled with foul trouble in the T-Girl victory against Analy, bounced back with a solid performance against Healdsburg with 10 points in the first half when Petaluma literally denied any good looks at the basket by the frustrated Hounds. Krist was a confident shooter in the win both from the field and the free throw line despite playing less than three quarters.
Johnson was able to clear the deck for the most part of the second half and Cassie Baddeley and Ellie O'Neil aggressively chipped in with eight points between them.
A rare cold night from the floor by leading point maker Katy Bisges didn't slow down the Petaluma attack. Bisges was 0-11 from the floor, but remained a big threat on almost every offensive set. The hard-working sophomore plays in perpetual motion and averages 15 points per contest. Bisges had 26 points in the important win against perennial contender Analy on Saturday.
Center Allison Scranton continued to be a force on the inside for Petaluma and controlled the paint with four blocked shots in addition to pulling down eight rebounds in limited minutes against the Greyhounds. Scranton has been averaging 9.6 rebounds per contest.
Healdsburg came into the contest with an overall record of 8-5, but never got any offense untracked against a very aggressive perimeter defense led by the ball hawking of Lisa Guptil, Lizama and Bisges. Most of the Hound shots were forced and noticeably off the mark.
Godinez netted nine points and Helen Ann Haun added eight for the Greyhounds, who had a better second half.
Petaluma continues play on Thursday night against El Molino (1-1) in Forestville.
The T-Girl junior varsity squad also won their third consecutive SCL contest in the preliminary game.
Press Democrat Poll
What type of warning did you receive about last October’s fires? (Multiple responses allowed)
Official alert on my landline: 5 percent
Official alert on my cellphone: 17 percent
Neighbor warned me: 14 percent
Family member or friend warned me: 28 percent
Police or fire came to my home to warn me: 5 percent
None: 43 percent
Don’t know: 1 percent
In the future, how would you like to be notified about a fire or other impending disaster?
Phone call: 31 percent
Text message: 30 percent
Email: 1 percent
Air raid siren: 28 percent
Other (specify): 7 percent
Don’t know: 3 percent
Do you think Sonoma County is more prepared today to warn you about fires or disasters than it was last year?
Yes: 54 percent
No: 31 percent
Don’t know: 15 percent
SOURCE: The Press Democrat Poll/David Binder Research