For the second season in a row, Cardinal Newman’s girls basketball team has gone undefeated in the North Bay League.

The Cardinals wrapped up another sweep Thursday night by defeating visiting Casa Grande 73-22.

The last time Newman lost a league game was Jan. 24, 2014. That night, Santa Rosa defeated the visiting Cardinals 57-41. Since then, they’ve won 39 consecutive NBL games.

This season, Newman easily outmatched its seven league
opponents, winning 14 games by an average of more than 45 points.

On Thursday, the Cardinals took any suspense out of the game early and led 25-3 after one quarter.

“This team passes the ball better than any girls or boys team I’ve seen play,” Newman coach Monica Mertle said.

Avery Cargill led the scoring with 17 points. She also had five assists and four steals. Lauren Walker added14 to go along with eight boards.

Joy Jovick was the only Casa player in double figures. She had 14.

Dan Sack, the Gauchos coach, came away impressed.

“This is my 14th year at Casa and this is absolutely the best team I’ve seen in the Redwood Empire,” he said of the Cardinals.

“They execute so well and play together at a high level. They have height, ball-handling and that’s from the top of the roster to the bottom.”

Newman’s overall record is 22-4. The Gauchos finish league play 6-8 and are 13-12 overall.

In other NBL games:


At Montgomery, Emily Codding scored a game-high 22 to lead the Panthers.

“She sees the floor so well and has a very good shot,” Vikings coach Steve Bell said. “She’s a talented, gifted player.”

Santa Rosa took the lead early and stretched the advantage to 22 before the Vikings cut it to six.

“We made a good run but Santa Rosa finished the game strongly,” Bell said.

Supporting Codding was Mireya Lopez with 15.

For Montgomery, Shayla Newman finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kiana Heard had 10.


At Windsor, Claire Howard was outstanding while scoring 27 points to lead the Pumas.

“Howard was very good,” Jaguars coach Jeff Paul said. “Carrillo played great and scored consistently throughout the game. We played well in the second half, but couldn’t overcome their early lead.”

Finishing with eight points apiece for Windsor were Sabrina Simili, Hannah May and Cecilia Smith.

The Pumas converted 19 of 32 free throws, while Windsor attempted 17 and made 11.


At Rohnert Park, the Wildcats took advantage of poor shooting by the Cougars to get the road victory.
“We were doing a lot of things right but the ball just wouldn’t go in the basket,” Rancho coach Mario Newton said. “The story of the game is that Ukiah shot the ball well and we didn’t.”

The Wildcats led by six points at halftime and put the game away by scoring 23 in the third period.

Cassidy Schutz led the offense with 20 while Adriana Franco added 14.

Rancho’s leading scorer was Camille Spackman with 13. Reilani Peleti contributed eight.