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Top Texas team forced to withdraw from local tourney


The expanded Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Eastside Prep had quite an impressive basketball lineup heading into the Christmas break. That, however, was before a devastating hurricane hit Texas -- resulting in at least 11 fatalities.

The marquee team for the 3-bracket, 24-team girls' tournament was expected to be Argyle (16-1), which was ranked No. 6 in the nation by Due to the storms and destruction in Texas, however, Argyle -- located northwest of Dallas -- has pulled out of the three-day event set for Eastside Prep and Menlo School.

Argyle was to play Berkeley on Monday at 3 p.m., but that game has been cancelled. With only seven teams left in the Elite Bracket, some juggling has been done.

The Eastside Prep girls (6-3), who dropp;ed a 51-30 opener to Valencia (8-2) of Southern California on Monday night, will play only that one game. Thus, Valencia will advance to play Berkeley on Tuesday (5 p.m.) at Eastside Prep.

In another bracket move, a second-round consolation game set for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., also has been cancelled.

In addition to Valencia-Berkeley, the other semifinal Tuesday will be at 3:30 p.m. The championship game will be Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The Competitive Bracket No. 1 and No. 2, will remain the same. The No. 2 bracket, which includes Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton, will hold its championship game at Eastside Prep on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Competitive Bracket No. 1, which includes Menlo School and Priory, will wrap up Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

In the opening round of the Competitive Bracket No. 2 on Monday, Menlo-Atherton handed Sacred Heart Prep its first loss of the season, a 63-52 decision at Menlo School as M-A's Carly McLanahan poured in a career-high 25 points.

The Bears (7-2) jumped out to a 11-2 lead in the first four minutes, but the Gators (7-1) rallied back to take the lead in the second quarter. SHP's Ma'ata Makoni scored 10 of her team-high 15 points in the first half. Eventually, the Bears shook off their post-holiday rust and went on a 16-0 run to open the second half and that proved to be the difference in the game.

M-A's Megan Sparrow and McLanahan each had a pair of 3's during the run, while Ofa Sili and Greer Hoyem scored in the paint. McLanahan finished with five 3-pointers and Hoyem tallied 15 points.

The Bears will face Lincoln (SF) in the semifinals on Tuesday at Eastside Prep at 9:30 a.m.

In the Competitive Bracket No. 1, 6-foot-3 freshman Ila Lane poured in 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace Priory (5-2) to a 44-29 win over University (SF). Sophomore Tatiana Reese added 15 points with 10 rebounds and Gabby Ruiz contributed 10 points and eight rebounds for coach Franklin Matthews, who made a successful return to Eastside Prep from where he was graduated.

Priory will play in the semifinals on Tuesday against University (Irvine) at Menlo School at 3:30 p.m.

Also advancing to the semifinals in the same bracket was Menlo School, which romped to a 69-10 win over Kipp King. Sam Erisman led the Knights (7-2) with 16 points with De'Jeane Stine and sophomore Ally Stuart adding 12 and Mohini Gupta 10. Stine also had five steals and was solid on defense while Angel Okoro grabbed 11 rebounds. Menlo jumped to a 23-4 first-quarter lead and cruised. The Knights will host Enochs High of Modesto on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

In the Elite Division, Mitty (7-1) and Cicero North (Syracuse, N.Y.) both won and will face each other Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Berkeley and Valencia will play in the other semifinal at 5 p.m. The championship game is Wednesday at 6 p.m.

At the Joe Schram Holiday Basketball Classic at St. Francis High, Palo Alto and Pinewood both advanced with lopsided victories.

Pinewood (5-2) rolled over North Salinas, 81-30, as freshman Hannah Jump tossed in 17 points and junior Erin Poindexter-McHan added 14. Sophomore Brianna Claros and freshman Kiara Astrom each contributed 10 points. Claros also had eight assists.

The Panthers made 13 of 32 3-pointers (41 percent) with Poindexter-McHan nailing four of five from the field. Pinewood, which shot 59 percent from two-point range, will play in the semifinals on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

Palo Alto (6-2) raced to a 20-2 first-quarter lead and posted a 50-26 win over Rocklin in the opening round as Carly Leong led the way with 14 points. Coco Lovely added 12 points and sparked the Vikings on defense. Paly will face St. Francis in the other semifinal at 7:45 p.m. The championship game will be Wednesday at 7:45 p.m.

At Salinas, Castilleja (5-4) fell in the second round of the Monterey Bay Sweet 16 Tournament to Silver Creek, 66-34, at Hartnell College. Cate Alder had 15 points and Ellie Chen added 14 for the Gators, who fell behind by 34-18 at halftime. Castilleja plays in the consolation bracket Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Boys basketball

Palo Alto advanced to the semifinals of the Joe Schram Holiday Basketball Classic at St. Francis High with a 46-31 opening-round win over San Ramon Valley on Monday.

The Vikings (6-1) got 11 points from junior Jack Simison and 10 points with seven rebounds from 6-5 sophomore Will Schlemmer. Paly trailed by two after one quarter but outscored the Wolves, 16-8, in the second quarter and 12-4 in the final period to secure the win. Paly will play in the semifinals Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. The championship game is Wednesday at 7:45 p.m.

Two gyms are being used at St. Francis with the boys' and girls' tournaments running concurrently.

In Fremont, Menlo-Atherton got 21 points and eight rebounds from 6-6 Blake Henry in a 58-41 win over Castro Valley in the opening round of the Tim Cole Memorial Tournament at American High.

Eric Norton added 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Bears (6-1) with Christian Fioretti finishing with 10 points and six rebounds. His twin brother, Lucas, added nine points and five assists. M-A used an 18-6 third-quarter run to put the game away after holding a 26-23 halftime lead. Norton's eight points and Henry's five sparked the run.

In Los Angeles, Menlo School fell to Taft (Woodland Hills), 65-41, in the second round of the Chaminade Christmas Classic. Sophomore JH Tevis led Menlo (2-6) with 18 points and five rebounds while Jared Lucian finished with 11 points, four assists and three steals. Fellow senior Charlie Roth pulled down 10 rebounds for the Knights, who face Moorpark on Tuesday at 4 p.m.


First Round

Elite Bracket

Mitty 44, Seton Catholic 42

Cicero North 55, Arroyo Grande 36

Valencia 51, Eastside Prep 30

Berkeley bye

Competitive Bracket No. 1

University (Irvine) 61, Westmoor 31

Priory 44, University (SF) 31

Enochs 42, Leigh 25

Menlo School 69, KIPP King 10

Competitive Bracket No. 2

Menlo-Atherton 63, Sacred Heart Prep 52

Lincoln (SF) 56, Woodcreek 50

Granada Hills 59, El Camino (SSF) 27

Hanford 80, Marin Academy 27

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