Ila Lane scored 16 points, Tatiana Reese added 14 and the Priory girls basketball team held off Menlo-Atherton, 53-48, on the first day of the Cardinal Newman Classic at Santa Rosa Junior College on Thursday night.
The Panthers (1-0) maintained the lead but was never ahead by more than eight at any point.
Reese got the upper hand, just barely, on Bears' Carly McLanahan, who finished with 10 points, in another premiere match-up.
Menlo-Atherton (0-1) made six 3-pointers on the night, with Erica Fischer, McLanahan and freshman Filippa Ljunggren, a post player, each sinking a pair.
Priory sophomore Dominque Robson hit a pair of 3-pointers and Reese added one.
Lane (14 rebounds) and Reese (10 rebounds, 7 assists) each recorded a double-double for Priory.
M-A (29-3 last year) won the Peninsula Athletic League title and reached the second round of the CIF state Division I NorCal Regional.
Priory (21-10 last year) is coming off its greatest season in school history. The Panthers won the CCS Division V title and reached the NorCal Regional final before losing to eventual state champion Eastside College Prep.
Eastside Prep also opened its season in Santa Rosa, losing to Division I powerhouse Heritage, 62-54.
Heritage meets Menlo-Atherton on Friday while Priory takes on host Cardinal Newman. Eastside College is paired with St. Mary's.
At the La Jolla Country Day Sweet Sixteen, meanwhile, CalHiSports' state third-ranked Pinewood beat Lakewood (Colo.), 50-30, on Thursday.
Hannah Jump scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including four 3-pointers, and had five rebounds for Pinewood (2-0), which meets Spring Valley-Las Vegas (3-0) in the semifinal of the tournament.
Carla Astrom added nine points, four rebounds and five steals. Pinewood was 11-of-30 from 3-point range.
Pinewood, which played in the Open Division last year, won the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division with a 10-0 record. Eastside College Prep was second. Priory and Menlo School, which played in the NorCal Division IV tournament last year, tied for third.
The Knights opened their season with with a 62-36 victory over Fortuna in the opening round of the Marin Catholic Tournament.
Mallory North led the way with 22 points and Avery Lee added 15 points. Both players each made four 3-pointers and Menlo sank 13 in all.
Menlo meets Urban-San Francisco in Friday's semifinal.