The St. Vincent High School girls basketball team turned what was expected to be a tense tussle for the Dave Castleberry North Central League II Tournament title into a one-team show Saturday night in st. Vincent's DeCarli Gymnasium, running over, by and through Sonoma Academy's Lady Coyotes, 47-41.
Sonoma Academy had beaten St. Vincent twice during the regular season on its way to the league championship. Things were entirely different Friday night, with St. V9incent scoring the game's first eight points, forcing six Lady Coyote turnovers in the first quarter and leading after the first period, 12-4.
The final score is deceiving. St. Vincent led by more than a score (31-20) at the half and could afford to allow Sonoma Academy a big second half that pulled the Lady Coyote's single-digit close only because they scored nine points in the final minute and a half.
Sonoma Academy had no way to stop St. Vincent's junior forward Ursyla Baumgarten who established her kingdom in the lane and allowed no invaders, stopping the Lady Coyotes at one end and scoring almost at will at the other. She finished with 25 points, with support coming from Jacalyn Murphy with six and Maddie Perry and Rainey Henry with four apiece. Savannah Stoughton scored 14 to lead Sonoma Academy.
For complete game story see Thursday's Argus-Courier.