By Bill Tamburrino
The road was kind as the Bulldog girls basketball team started its quest for the Valley League championship by beating Mission Vista (3-9) and Oceanside (6-11).
The two wins should improve on Ramona’s ranking in the San Diego CIF Section Top Ten and its No. 4 ranking in Division II. Ramona is 12-6 on the season and 2-0 in league action.
The Bulldog girls got off to a fast start in their Valley League opener as they beat Mission Vista 70-29 on the road.
Dan Marshall’s Lady Dawgs jumped off to a 16-4 first quarter lead and never looked back. Their aggressive defense held the Timberwolves to single digits in scoring in three of the four quarters. The Lady Dawg D recorded 15 steals, blocked six shots and completely dominated the defensive boards with 27.
Ramona also played well on the offensive end of the court. Eight Bulldogs scored in the game and three scored in double figures. Katherine Mauldin recorded another of her signature double doubles. The junior forward scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and blocked three shots. Chiara Mattern led all scorers with 19 points as she hit four shots from beyond the arc and had three steals on defense. Kailey Hill scored 12 points, dished off three assists and led the team’s defense with five steals.
Lauren Werhanowicz grabbed six boards, scored 5 points and had two steals. Christina Barrameda guided the offense and scored 6 points, grabbed three boards, contributed three assists and had two steals. Molly McLeod came off the bench to score 5 points, grab five boards and block a shot. Kylee Scheib scored 4 points and used her quickness to come up with two steals, four rebounds and a blocked shot. Hannah Farhat scored 2 points and also blocked a shot.
“We were beating Mission Vista pretty handily but we weren’t playing well and I told the team that during time-outs,” said Marshall. “We had a good practice and we did what good teams have to do at Oceanside.”
The Lady Bulldogs beat Oceanside 46-38.
“It was a physical game and we got in early foul trouble. Three players came off of the bench and gave us quality minutes. Molly McLeod filled in for Kailey Hill and got in there and grabbed rebounds and scored two big buckets. Lauren Werhanowicz played well, rebounded and scored a big bucket when we were making a run. Hannah Farhat hit a big three, played D and kept us in the game. Even with starters on the bench we were able to do what we had to do on offense and defense,” stated Marshall.
Hill spent time on the bench in foul trouble but was able to register a double double as she scored 11 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and recorded three steals. Mauldin stayed out of foul trouble but she mixed it up pretty well in the paint. She, too, had a double double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Barrameda ran the offense, handled the press and provided leadership. Scheib scored 5 points, dished off three assists and had two steals.
“It got down to defense and rebounding, and we out-rebounded them two to one (49-25),” said Marshall.