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M-A, SHP, Menlo and Pinewood girls all have shots at titles


The Menlo-Atherton and Sacred Heart Prep girls opened the Eastside Prep Coaches vs. Cancer Classic by facing each other on Monday. The Bears won, sending the teams in opposite directions in the Competitive Bracket No. 2.

The Gators and Bears, however, will be playing for titles on Wednesday as the 23-team, three-day basketball tournament wraps up at Eastside Prep.

Menlo-Atherton (8-2) will play Granada Hills (6-2) for the bracket championship at 3 p.m., with Sacred Heart Prep (8-1) facing El Camino (3-6) of South San Francisco for the consolation crown at 1:30 p.m.

Menlo School (8-2) also will be playing for a title, in the Competitive Bracket No. 1.

M-A continued its strong season by defeating Lincoln of San Francisco, 55-28, in the semifinals on Tuesday morning at Eastside Prep. The Bears dominated the smaller Mustangs, holding Lincoln to a single first-half field goal.

Megan Sparrow lead the Bears with 14 points, including a midcourt 3-pointer at the 30-second buzzer. Greer Hoyem added 10 points eight rebounds and six blocks. M-A seniors Delilah Kline and Jamie Kirkpatrick combined for nine points.

The Bears grabbed a 31-8 halftime lead and never were threatened as Lincoln managed just 14 points through three quarters.

M-A, meanwhile, added freshman Mele Kailahi to its roster following her transfer from Pinewood. She and her older sister, Stella, were expected to help the Panthers this season until Stella tore her ACL late in the summer and was sidelined for the season. Mele scored four points against Lincoln.

Sacred Heart Prep, meanwhile, bounced back from its first loss of the season (to M-A) and posted a 55-37 victory over Woodcreek of Sacramento. Ma'ata Makoni led the Gators with 17 points and Riley Hemm contributed 15 while knocking down a trio of 3-pointers. SHP raced to a 33-22 halftime lead.

Menlo School overcame cold shooting the entire game and held off Enochs High of Modesto, 55-51, in overtime. Hannah Paye knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 24 points for the Knights. Kenzie Duffner contributed 11 rebounds for Menlo, which will play University (Irvine) for first place in their bracket at Eastside Prep at 4:30 p.m.

University advanced with a 46-38 victory over Priory (5-3), which got 13 points and 12 rebounds from Tatiana Reese plus 12 points and 17 rebounds from Ila Lane. Gabby Ruiz contributed 11 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers, who will play Enochs for third place (at Menlo) at 6 p.m.

Also on the final day of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, host Eastside Prep (6-3) will play Arroyo Grande at noon and then Seton Catholic in an Elite Bracket consolation game at 7:30 p.m. Also in the top bracket, Mitty and Berkeley will play for third place at 1:30 p.m.

In Salinas, Castilleja overcame an 11-point halftime deficit and rallied for a 50-35 win over Chowchilla in Tuesday's third round of the Monterey Bay Sweet 16 Tournament. Senior Ellie Chen scored all of the Gators' 14 first-half points.

Castilleja reeled off 13 unanswered points in the first two minutes of the third quarter and opened up a 37-31 lead as junior Cate Alder and freshmen Anika Adzich and Claire Pisani combined for 20 points in the quarter.

The Gators (6-4) extended their lead in the final period and won going away. Chen grabbed her 300th career rebound and finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and five steals. Alder scored 12, Adzich had 11 points with seven rebounds, Pisani eight points and 10 boards and sophomore Jashee Yang added five steals. Castilleja will play Fresno (3 p.m.) for fifth place in the 16-team tourney on Wednesday.

At the Joe Schram Holiday Basketball Classic at St. Francis High, Pinewood (6-2) moved into the championship game following a 74-21 romp over Mountain View in the semifinals on Tuesday. The Panthers will face St. Francis (8-0) for the title at 7:45 p.m.

Junior Erin Poindexter-McHan had a season-high 20 points for Pinewood as she made 7 of 11 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Sophomore Brianna Claros added 11 points and six assists and freshman Hannah Jump contributed nine points and nine rebounds.

St. Francis reached its own tourney finale following a 46-42 victory over Palo Alto. The Vikings (6-3) trailed by 40-28 after three quarters and came out in a zone defense in the final period to slow down the Lancers.

"But, it was not enough to overcome a rough shooting night," said Paly coach Scott Peters. "Missed free throws (5 of 19) hurt, as well."

Lauren Koyama had 12 points to lead Paly, which will play Mountain View for third place at 6:15 p.m.

Boys basketball

Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton will play for tournament titles on Wednesday following impressive semifinal victories.

At the Joe Schram Holiday Basketball Classic at St. Francis High, Paly (7-2) got a career-best 22 points from Paul Jackson III in a 76-54 win over Rocklin. Jackson III, a standout running back during the football season, poured in 11 fourth-quarter points as the Vikings tallied 22 in the period.

Miles Tention added 14 points with Justin Hull and Ethan Stern each contributing 12. Paly will face host St. Francis in the title game at 7:45 p.m.

In Fremont, Menlo-Atherton (7-1) rolled into the finals of the Tim Cole Memorial Tournament with a 67-26 thumping of St. Elizabeth at American High. The Bears used a balanced scoring attack and strong defense to pull away to a 39-19 halftime lead. In the third period, the Bears outscored St. Elizabeth by 18-1.

Christian Fioretti led M-A with 12 points and six assists. Blake Henry and Eric Norton each added 10 points while Bradley Stillman finished with nine points and six rebounds. Raymond Fowler also helped the Bears dominate the board with seven.

M-A will play Berkeley High in the championship game on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

In Los Angeles, Menlo School dropped a 65-49 decision to Moorpark in the third round of the Chaminade Christmas Classic. Senior Charlie Roth had 12 points and four rebounds for the Knights (2-7) with sophomore JH Tevis adding 11 points and five board. Junior Hayden Pegley finished with five rebounds and four steals while senior Jared Lucian added four assists and six points.


Final Round Schedule

Elite Bracket (all games at Eastside Prep)

Noon -- Eastside vs Arroyo Grande

1:30 p.m. -- Mitty vs Berkeley (3rd place)

6 p.m. -- Cicero-North Syracuse (NY) vs Valencia (championship)

7:30 p.m. -- Eastside vs Seton Catholic (AZ) (consolation)

Competitive Bracket No. 1

Noon -- Westmoor vs KIPP King Collegiate (at Menlo School)

3 p.m. -- University-SF vs Leigh (consolation at Menlo School)

4:30 p.m. -- University-Irvine vs. Menlo School (Championship at Eastside Prep)

6 p.m. -- Priory vs Enochs (3rd place a Menlo School)

Competitive Bracket No. 2

10:30 a.m. -- Woodcreek vs Marin Academy (at Menlo School)

1:30 p.m. -- Sacred Heart Prep vs El Camino-SSF (consolation at Menlo School)

3 p.m. -- Granada Hills vs Menlo Atherton(Championship at Eastside Prep)

4:30 p.m. -- Hanford vs Lincoln-SF (3rd place at Menlo School)

— Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports

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