In a game featuring a pair of 9-4 basketball teams coached by former Stanford teammates, the Menlo-Atherton girls finished their nonleague season by defeating visiting Sacred Heart Prep, 48-35, on Saturday.
M-A is coached by Markisha Coleman while SHP is coached by Melanie Murphy. They were Cardinal teammates during the 2006-07 season.
In the second minute, M-A leading scorer Ofa Sili was injured driving to the basket. With Sili out, freshman Greer Hoyem came in and made both of Sili's free throws. Hoyem had five of her nine points in the first half.
The Bears' Naomi Baer added five first-quarter points to push the M-A lead to 16-6 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Gators closed the gap with Natalie Zimits scoring five of her team-high 11 points.
However, the third quarter belonged to the Bears, who held the Gators to just points -- from the free-throw line -- and went on a 11-0 run to close the quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Gators fought hard, but M-A broke their press and got the ball into the hands of freshman Carly McLanahan, who led the Bears with 11 points, all in the second half. M-A's tough defense held SHP without a made 3-pointer.
Just a few miles away, Menlo School got a go-ahead basket by Olivia Pellarin with an assist by De'Jeane Stine, but visiting Fortuna scored the winning basket with three seconds left to escape with a 42-41 nonleague win. The Knights (7-3) were led by Sam Erisman's 12 points.
Menlo had rallied from a 28-19 halftime deficit by outscoring Fortuna in the second half, only to fall short. Hannah Paye added a trio of 3-pointers for nine points.
Sacred Heart Prep wrapped up its nonleague soccer schedule with a 6-0 victory over visiting Aragon on Saturday. The Gators (6-2-1) scored all their goals in the first half with junior Tierna Davidson scoring three goals and sophomore Lindsay Johnson adding two. Olivia Athens added two assists with McKenna Angotti providing the first goal in the 12th minute.
In Los Altos Hills, host Pinewood played Terra Nova to a 1-1 deadlock. Two teams played an uneventful first half before Terra Nova scored first on a breakaway. Pinewood evened the score with Zarin Mohsenin following up on an indirect free kick taken by Caleigh Page in the 65th minute.
Things got a bit hectic toward the end with Pinewood (4-4-1) trying hard to use the momentum after its goal, and Terra Nova getting away with hard, and not always fair, physical play.
"The referees failed numerous times to quell the, at times, overly hard play or call obvious handling of the ball, which contributed especially in the last 10 to 15 minutes to the frenzy," said Pinewood coach Michael Tetzlaff. "But, overall, it was good to see our team come back from a goal down and go for the win, even though we fell a bit short."
Gunn senior Ian Cramer captured the 145-pound division and was named the Outstanding Wrestler in the lightweights to highlight the Titans' efforts at the San Ramon Invitational on Saturday at San Ramon Valley High.
Gunn sent six athletes to the 19-team event and finished 10th. Cramer led the way with three straight pins and his third tournament title this season. He was named the top wrestler among the first seven divisions for the second straight year in this tournament while remaining unbeaten this year at 14-0 with 12 pins.
Cramer is ranked No. 1 in the Central Coast Section in his weight class after finishing second in the section finals last season.
California High won the San Ramon tourney title with 182.5 points with Gunn, the only CCS school entered, scoring 59. Four Titans brought home medals -- Tanner Kerrins finishing 4-1 and third at 138, Kirill Demyanenko fourth at 285 and David Abramovitch sixth at 126. Gunn (3-1) will travel to Fremont High on Thursday for the second SCVAL De Anza Division dual meet of the season.
At the Napa Valley Girls Classic, Menlo-Atherton's Chelsea Wilson finished seventh at 106 pounds after pinning Jessica Bautista from Pioneer Valley. Wilson improved to 11-3.
The tournament is considered to be the toughest in California and one of the highest-regarded tournaments in the U.S. Wilson's weight class included athletes ranked in the top 3 percent of girls wrestling nationwide.
To reach the quarterfinals, Wilson defeated Donita Guanzon from Vallejo by major decision, 17-8, and Hana Minsky of Albany by decision, 6-0. In the quarterfinals, Wilson lost to Sariyah Jones of Enoch, a junior and the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the state.
To avoid elimination and advance, Wilson pinned Annie Troung from American Canyon to qualify for the medal rounds. In the pursuit to advance to the semifinals for third place, Wilson faced Talissa Noriega, a senior from James Logan and the No. 4-ranked wrestler in the state. After exchanging take downs in three periods and finishing tied at 2, Wilson went into sudden- death overtime. She attacked first, but was countered, and dropped into the seventh-place match.