Pinewood got off to a cold shooting start Tuesday against Valley Christian, but team defense kept the game under control. Once the shooters warmed up the contest quickly turned into a rout and Pinewood went on to a 66-44 victory.
“Our defense played real well at times, but fouled too much,’’ Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler said. “It was good for us to play against a spread zone team. That had everyone on the floor having to make decisions instead of (point guard) Bri (Claros) making all the decisions.’’
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Klara Astrom was the high scorer for the third consecutive game with 21 points, making five 3-pointers. Hannah Jump scored 14, making three 3s, and Claros scored 12.
An Astrom 3-pointer broke the ice in the first quarter and extended Pinewood’s lead to 9-4. It was 15-9 by the end of the quarter. Pinewood busted the game open in the second quarter, outscoring the visitors 21-4 to take a 36-13 lead at halftime. Astrom and Jumpo had six points apiece in the quarter.
Pinewood (6-1) really got the 3-point shooting going in the third quarter. After a Valley Christian basket brought the Warriors within 41-17, Pinewood went on a 12-0 run on four consecutive 3-pointers -- two by Astrom, one by Jump and one by Natasha Thompson -- to make the score 53-17.
Scheppler was not at all pleased with how the fourth quarter went. He played his reserves heavily throughout and got outscored, 19-9.
“I want to see improvement from our sixth through 11th players,’’ Scheppler said. “We were passing when we should have been shooting and shooting when we should have been passing.’’
Pinewood plays at Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa on Saturday. Newman is the team that ended Pinewood’s season with a 59-57 win at Pinewood in the NorCal Open Division semifinals last March 14.
“They’re a little different team with a completely different style,’’ Scheppler said. “Their 6-5 and 6-3 girls graduated. Now they’re perimeter-oriented, like us. It will be a good challenge for us.’’
Elsewhere, Sacred Heart Prep fell to host Presentation, 49-40, in a battle of unbeatens. The Gators (5-1) host Mountain View (4-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Yara Gomez Zavala scored an unassisted goal in the second half to lead Menlo-Atherton past visiting Burlingame, 1-0, on Tuesday.
The Bears (4-2, 2-0) have won their past 20 PAL Bay Division matches and are unbeaten in 23 straight dating to a loss at Woodside nearly three years ago.
M-A looks to extend that streak when Aragon (3-1-2, 1-0-1) visits for a 4:30 p.m. match Thursday.
Brianna Sandoval recorded three saves for the Bears.
The Dons beat visiting Woodside, 1-0, in another PAL Bay Division contest. The Wildcats (0-1-2, 0-1) hope to start their own streak when they visit Terra Nova for a noon contest Saturday.
St. Francis and visiting Leigh played to a 1-1 draw. Isabella Schou scored a goal for the Lancers (3-2-1), who meet Mountain View (6-0) for the Firebird Classic championship at Fremont high on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Sacred Heart Cathedral scored twice in the second half to break a tie and beat host Sacred Heart Prep, 3-1, in a nonleague game Tuesday.
Stefan Schlotter scored SHP's goal, tying the game at 1 at the time. Brian Pica had the assist. The Gators (2-2) host Palma at 11 a.m. Saturday in a nonleague contest.