OUTSIDE THE PAINT Ruby Leffew makes a 3-pointer during the Jan. 9 game against Santa Rosa in Healdsburg. (Photo by Michael Lucid)

By Caleb Knudsen

The Healdsburg High girls basketball team entered 2024 with a 14-2 record, but were immediately faced with a challenge as they met a much-improved Elsie Allen team (13-1) in Santa Rosa on Friday, Jan. 5.

It didn’t take long, however, for the current North Coast Redwood league champions to assert their dominance. The Greyhounds raced off to a 15-6 first-quarter lead and never looked back en route to a convincing 54-25 win.

AIR GAME Both Healdsburg’s Allie Espinoza (#10) and Windsor’s Kaihla Jarvinen (#1) are airborne in their face-off on Dec. 21 at Smith Robinson Gym. Espinoza scored a game-high 15 points in the Jan. 5, 2024 game against Elsie Allen. (Photo by Michael Lucid)

Defense carried the day, as the Lobos managed only 8 points in their highest-scoring quarter, the fourth, while the Greyhounds scored into double-digits in every frame. Leading the pack was co-captain Allie Espinoza with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 steals in 24 minutes of play.

Hailey Webb sank three of her six three-point attempts and scored a total of 11, and Ruby Leffew’s shots added 9 points to the final.

All the girls on the roster got a chance to play, but ironically coach Jim Lago gave a special shout-out to junior Macie Parmeter who had zero points in 10 minutes on the court.

“A stand-out player for Healdsburg was Macie Parmeter, who was on fire!” he said. “She impressed us all with her high energy and great decision making on the court. She boasted a solid performance in her first league game of the season.”

Tuesday night this week, the Greyhound girls defeated the Santa Rosa Panthers 71-40 in Healdsburg. Next up is St. Vincent on Thursday, Jan. 11. Only league games remain on the schedule, most on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a 7:30 tip-off.

Boys Schedule

The Greyhound boys (3-10) start their 2024 season on Wednesday night this week against St. Vincent (16-1) at HHS (results too late for press time), followed by Friday and Wednesday league games for the rest of the month. The one exception is a Monday, Jan. 15, non-league game against San Francisco’s Urban High, an independent co-ed school in Haight-Ashbury.

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Christian Kallen has called Healdsburg home for over 30 years. A former travel writer and web producer, he has worked with Microsoft, Yahoo, MSNBC and other media companies, usually in an editorial capacity. He started reporting locally in 2012, moving from Patch to the Sonoma Index-Tribune to the Kenwood Press before joining the Healdsburg Tribune in 2022.

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