|RC girls hammer Piner 66-36
Defense and the trio of Nicole Guerrero, Reilani Peleti and Tilar Stanford were more than enough for Rancho Cotate High’s girls’ basketball team to overwhelm Piner, 66-36 in the fifth annual Martin Luther King Day Challenge at Sonoma on Jan. 20.
The MLK Challenge pits teams from the North Bay League against teams from the Sonoma County League. The Cougars now stand at 7-10 overall and 0-5 in the NBL. Piner is its second season in the SCL. On Jan. 18, the Cougars absorbed a 54-34 loss at home against Petaluma’s Casa Grande.
Rancho Cotate’s next game is tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Santa Rosa against Maria Carrillo. Tuesday, the Cougars play host to Windsor at 7:30 p.m.
Rancho Cotate 66 Piner 36
The Cougars burst out of the gate with a 23-5 scoring advantage in the first period and never looked back. They increased their advantage to 40-7 at halftime.
Guerrero led all scorers with 20 points, followed by Peleti and Stanford with 16 points apiece.
Piner actually outscored the Cougars in the second half, but the game had long since been decided.
Casa Grande 54 Rancho Cotate 34
The Cougars’ offense struggled early through the first three quarters as they trailed 43-14 heading into the fourth. Guerrero again was the Cougars’ top scorer with eight points.