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Palo Alto girls knock M-A basketball from unbeaten ranks


The Palo Alto girls removed Menlo-Atherton from the list of unbeaten basketball teams with a solid 63-45 nonleague victory over the host Bears on Tuesday night.

Sacred Heart Prep is the last remaining unbeaten girls team in the area.

Menlo-Atherton came into the local showdown following a 3-0 finish and tourney title at the Dragon Classic in Sonoma. Palo Alto, meanwhile, was coming off a loss in the finals of the Dougherty Valley Tournament.

Those roles were reversed as Paly (3-1) grabbed an early lead and extended it with a 24-point second period for a 34-18 halftime lead. The teams played fairly evenly in the second half.

"It was a hard-fought rivalry game," said Paly coach Scott Peters. "M-A beat us last year, so it was a good win for Paly. The defensive effort was the key to the game. Alexis Harris, Skyler Burris, Coco Lovely, Maya Lahti and Julie Chandler played great team defense against M-A's low=post offense."

M-A post Greer Hoyem, who was the MVP of the Dragon Classic, was held to just five points by the Vikings. Carly McLanahan and Ofa Sili did score 13 points each for the Bears (3-1), but they couldn't match the outside shooting of Paly's Lauren Koyama, who finished with five 3-pointers and 21 points. Lahti added 10 points and Harris had nine.

In Los Altos Hills, host Pinewood bounced back from a 2-2 effort in the La Jolla Country Day Sweeet 16 Tournament to beat Salesian, 52-46, in nonleague action.

The Panthers (3-2) overcame a season-high 23 turnovers and 32 percent shooting from the floor with a balanced scoring effort, solid defense and 14 rebounds from senior Chloe Eackles.

Junior Erin Poindexter-McHan led the way with 13 points with junior Akayla Hackson and freshman Hannah Jump adding 10 each. Pinewood held Salesian's lineup to single-digit scoring.

In Palo Alto, Castilleja opened its home season by racing to a 29-4 first-quarter lead en route to a 51-11 nonleague win over Summit Prep on Tuesday. The Gators (2-2) were led by freshman guard Katie Fearon, who swished a pair of threes and scored 14 points to go along with four steals.

Junior Cate Alder scored 12 points and had five rebounds, and senior Ellie Chen tallied her 800th career point and finished with 10 points, five steals, and four assists. Freshman Anika Adzich added eight points and 10 rebounds.

Elsewhere, Gunn (2-0) handed visiting Capuchino a 62-53 nonleague loss.

Boys basketball

Still waiting for players to arrive from the football team, Sacred Heart Prep nonetheless for its first win of the season with a 75-36 thumping of June Jordan in the opening round of the Burlingame Lions Club Tournament.

Sophomore Eric DeBrine tossed in a season-high 18 points to lead the Gators (1-1) while junior Tevin Panchal added 15 points and senior Connor Moses had 14. The Gators will face Half Moon Bay in the second round on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

In Pacifica, Scott Harris tossed in 21 points to pace Priory (3-1) to a 58-51 nonleague victory over host Alma Heights. Harris helped the Panthers to the consolation title of the Lick-Wilmerding Tournament last weekend by averaging 27 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two assists during a 2-1 effort.

In Millbrae, Menlo School (0-2) dropped a 39-32 nonleague decision to Mills. Jared Lucian had 12 points for the Knights.

Gunn's opener at the Los Gatos tournament and Eastside Prep's game against Oceana were not reported.

Boys soccer

Palo Alto remained undefeated after opening the Oak Grove Tournament with a 3-1 victory over Seaside at Piedmont Hills High.

The Vikings (2-0) fell behind in the 10th minute before equaling things 11 minutes later when junior Neil Verwillow tallied an unassisted goal. Paly pulled away in the second half with senior Roberto Sotelo scoring on a direct kick and junior Jack Stoksik scoring off an assist from senior Dami Bolarinwa.

Girls soccer

Palo Alto remained undefeated by posting a 3-0 nonleague triumph over host Menlo-Atherton on Tuesday. Heidi Moeser scored twice and Jacey Pederson added a single tally as the Vikings improved to 3-0 -- outscoring opponents 12-2 -- while dropping the Bears to 1-2.

In San Francisco, Menlo School traveled to the City for a nonleague match against University (SF) on Tuesday at Crocker Amazon Park and returned home without a victory following a 0-0 deadlock. Julia Wong and Claire McFarland stood out for the Knights (0-2-2) under first-year coach Ross Ireland. Menlo had eight shots while holding University to three.

In Atherton, host Sacred Heart Prep (1-2) dropped a 1-0 nonleague decision to visiting Marin Catholic.

In Sunnyvale, Castilleja (0-3) dropped a 5-0 nonleague decision to host Homestead.

The Pinewood at Cupertino match was not reported.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by MA Bear
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 9, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Sorry to hear the MA girls team lost - guess the parents should start a petition to fire the coach...

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