Menlo-Atherton won both ends of a boys-girls nonleague basketball doubleheader with Sacred Heart Prep Thursday at M-A, winning the boys game 56-40 and the girls game 50-42.
M-A (4-4) broke open the boys game with a 15-2 run in the second quarter that extended a 12-11 advantage to a 27-13 lead. The run started on a basket by Will Beasley. Jhavante Hill scored off a steal and then added another basket off a steal later in the run.
“Jhavante played with a lot of energy,’’ M-A coach Mike Molieri said. “If the whole team played like Jhavante we’d be tough to beat.’’
Sacred Heart Prep (2-6) scored the final six points of the second quarter to draw to within 27-19 at halftime. But M-A took total control with its running game in the third quarter, beginning the quarter with a 15-3 blitz to open a 20-point lead at 42-22.
James Beckwith, Hill and Logan Faberowski all scored on the fastbreak, then Bradley Stillman hit a 3 in transition. Spencer Corona scored off a lob in the lane on an out-of-bounds play to conclude the run.
“We’ve had a very tough pre-season,’’ Molieri said. “This gives us a positive win going into break. The biggest challenge for this team is playing as a team. Some guys are thinking too much about offense and not enough about defense. We’ve been most inconsistent. We need to play with a blue-collar mentality.’’
Beasley had a game-high 15 points.
“He’s a savvy guy, super strong, very mature,’’ Molieri said. “His biggest strength is that he takes feedback well.’’
Beckwith, who hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter, finished with 10 points.
“He’s our best shooter,’’ Molieri said.
Eric DeBrine scored 9 for SHP. Sophomore Everett Banks had 8.
Greer Hoyen and Carly McLanahan, the two returning starters from last season’s 29-3 team, combined for 40 of M-A’s 50 points. Hoyem, who was pretty much unstoppable around the basket, scored 22 points, and McLanahan, who knocked down three 3-pointers, had 18.
Only two other players scored. Freshman Filippa Ljunggren made two 3-pointers and scored 8 points. Erica Fischer scored one basket off a steal.
Stella Kailahi, who could have provided a third scoring option, is out for the season with a torn ACL.
“We have a lot of young players,’’ M-A coach Markisha Coleman said. “They’re getting used to varsity basketball. It’s going to take some time.’’
With the win the Bears improved to 3-4. All four of their losses have been to good teams.
“That’s how you get better,’’ Coleman said. “Our ultimate goal is to play in March.’’
Tatum Angotti scored 10 points to lead Sacred Heart Prep (6-2), which has only seven players on the team.
After a 14-12 first quarter M-A opened a 30-19 lead at halftime. The Gators ran off six unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull to within 45-39 after a basket by Denise Stine with 2:30 left. But Hoyem and McLanahan responded with baskets of their own and M-A held on for the win.
At Woodside, Menlo School shook off some early struggles to tame the Wildcats, 58-27, in a nonleague game Thursday.
Freshman Danielle McNair sparked the Knights (6-0) with a string of 3-pointers. Ally Stuart also made a trio of 3-pointers for Menlo, which hosts KIPP King-San Lorenzo (3-5) at 6 p.m. next Thursday as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Freshman Natalya Hotovec scored 15 points to lead Woodside (2-6), which is off until opening Peninsula Athletic League South Division with a home game against Aragon (5-1) on Jan. 10.
The Dons play Kennedy-Sacramento at noon Thursday at Eastside College Prep as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Also for Menlo, Mallory North added 14 points and Erin Dunn went for 12.