Pinewood Panthers positively piling up points


Once again the Pinewood girls basketball team executed at a rarefied level. Once again the Panthers registered a blowout victory.

And this runaway win wasn’t at the expense of some downtrodden also-ran. Pinewood blasted Eastside Prep, 78-43, Tuesday in a West Bay Athletic League opener at Pinewood.

Tatiana Reese
Eastside, the defending CIF Division V state champion, went into the game ranked No. 25 in the state by MaxPreps.

Pinewood is simply in a class by itself as an offensive team. Eastside (10-5) came into the game allowing an average of 47 points per game. Pinewood had 46 at halftime Tuesday.

“We finished well,’’ Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler said. “That was a great game for us, nothing but positivity.’’

The Panthers shot 50 percent for the game (26 of 52). They were 18 of 34 on 2-pointers and 8 of 18 on 3-pointers.

“When we shoot like that not many teams can beat us,’’ Scheppler said. “The girls were ready tonight.’’

Akayla Hackson led the way for Pinewood (12-2, 1-0) with 20 points.

“When we get it going we don’t really even think about it,’’ Hackson said. “We’re just having fun. It comes down to how our team plays together.’’

Eastside coach Donovan Blythe was not happy with his team’s performance.

“Doc and I have been playing each other for years,’’ Blythe said. “This one was the worst in terms of competitiveness.’’

Pinewood led 19-10 after one quarter and then blew the game open with a 27-point second quarter.

Hackson was backed up by Karla Astrom, who scored 17 points, and point guard Brianna Claros, who had 13.

Astrom, the team’s top rebounder averaging 6.9 boards per game, got to the foul line 13 times, making nine.

“She’s coming into her own,’’ Scheppler said. “She’s our toughest competitor and most physical player. Sometimes it looks like she’s just going out there to hit somebody. It could be someone on their team or someone on our team. She gave Izzy (Isabelle Chung) a bloody lip during warmups.’’

Kayla Tahaafe led Eastside with 16 points.

Sacred Heart Prep 49, Notre Dame-Belmont 37

Charlotte Levison scored 15 points, Grace Battles added 13 and the Gators earned a win in their WBAL Foothill Division opener Tuesday.

SH Prep (1-0, 9-3) fell behind early and was trailing, 25-19, at halftime.

The Gators upped their defensive intensity and outscored the Tigers, 30-12, in the second half.

Sacred Heart Prep travels to Priory for an important contest Friday at 6 p.m.

Priory 71, Menlo 63

Tatiana Reese scored 25 points, Ila Lane added another double-double to her collection and the Panthers opened league play with a victory at Menlo.

Gabby Ruiz and Lala Niu also reached double figures in Priory's first game in the WBAL Foothill Division. The Panthers had been playing in the Skyline Division.

Lane blocked a pair of shots in addition to scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Niu scored 13 and Ruiz netted 10 to go with seven rebounds.

In a WBAL Skyline Division game, Castilleja (1-0, 7-6) opened its league slate with a 37-35 victory over host Harker.

The Gators play at The King's Academy on Friday at 6 p.m.

In the PSAL North, Kehillah Jewish dropped a 31-11 decision to visiting Alma Heights Christian.


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