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After a slow start, T-Girls take care of business

Petaluma High School's T-Girls had too much team for John Swett's athletic Indians Monday night. After a lackluster first quarter, Petaluma put things together and rolled to a 62-41 victory. The win was eighth in nine games for the youthful T-Girls.

Swett, from Crocket, has several athletic players, but are still working on coming together as a team, and ultimately was no match for Petaluma.

Early on in the Petaluma gym, it looked as through the T-Girls could be in for a battle, as the Indians jumped out to an 8-2 lead, taking advantage of five Petaluma turnovers.

But Petaluma went inside to 6-foot, 1-inch Allison Scranton to put together a eight-point unanswered string. Claire Pareto hit a jump shot just before the end of the first quarter to edge the T-Girls in front, 14-12, and give them a lead they never relinquished.

John Swett stayed to within one until Petaluma, working with a pressure defense, ran off nine straight second-half points. Five were counted by Joelle Krist, who is rapidly working herself back into playing condition after missing more than a week with an injured ankle.

Ellie O'Neill hit two buckets right at the end of the half, one a 3-pointer, to put the T-Girls in front at the intermission, 33-18.

Petaluma dominance continued throughout the second half, with Scranton dominating early in the half before leaving the game as part of coach Doug Johnson's massive substitutions.

"She is getting better," Johnson said. "She played well tonight. She would have had more points had she played more, but we wanted to give some of the other girls playing time."

Perpetual-hustle guard Katy Bisges led Petaluma with 17 points, with Krist adding 15 and Scranton 10. All could have scored more with more playing time.

As it turned out, all the T-Girls got in on the action and eight scored, with O'Neill finishing with seven, Pareto four, Sophie Bihn three, Lisa Guptill five and Maddie Mehciz one.

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