By Kyle Foster
Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive
Tuesday night was a little bit of a preview of what’s to come next school year, when Napa and Sonoma High Schools are in the same league in the CIF North Coast Section. In the last meeting with each school in separate sections Sonoma Valley beat Napa 53-43.
The game was tied after three quarters, but late in the fourth the Dragons (2-2) went on a 11-1 run to pull away from the Indians (2-3).
“We went on a little dry spell as they (Sonoma) got hot,” Napa coach Zack Cook explained of the run that cost them the game. “They hit I think three threes in that two minute stretch, and I think we were up one, and they went down and hit three threes in I think consecutive possessions, so all of a sudden the lead ballooned to eight, and then we couldn’t get a bucket, we kept defending after that, and giving ourselves a chance, but just couldn’t score enough. Turnovers, free throws hurt us, I think we had 20 turnovers, and eight-of-sixteen from the line, so when you do that it’s hard to win.”
Zach Swim led Napa with 13 points, and two rebounds on the night, while Joe Carnazola pitched in 12 points with nine rebounds — Sammy Morales pitched in nine points, with four rebounds off the bench.
“We’ve been talking to him about being more aggressive, he’s got a lot of skill, and he doesn’t quite realize how much skill, and how much he can help us,” Cook said of his junior wing. “We’re just constantly getting on him, and trying to get him to stay aggressive, and attack the basket hard, and look to shoot when he’s open.”
This is Napa’s last home game until December 26th, in that time they’ll play in a tournament in Woodland December 5th-7th, and in a tournament at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma December 14th through 16th. The Indians will also play a road game at Justin-Siena on December 22nd.
“It’ll be kinda nice to just get out of town, and travel a little bit, and be together, and have some team dinners, and lunches, and just those little things,” Cook explained of the upcoming time away from Napa for the Indians. “Some kids actually play better when they’re not at home, in front of their girlfriends, and moms, and dads, so yeah it’ll be good.”
On Thursday Napa will face Windsor at 3:30 P.M. to begin the Buck Bailey tournament in Woodland. The Dragons will visit De Anza-El Sobrante on Thursday at 6 P.M.