Prep report: Big tournament wins for Menlo, Paly, Priory

Menlo's Cole Kastner (with ball) and Riley Woodson (30) helped the Knights get past Valley Christian-Cerritos on Thursday night. Photo by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics.

Marvin Zou and Bryant Jefferson each scored 13 points and the Palo Alto boys basketball team downed host Lahainaluna 74-48 on the second day of the Lahainaluna Invitational in Maui on Thursday night.

Menlo School also won its second straight at the Orange Holiday Classic in Fullerton, beating Valley Christian-Cerritos 65-53 at Hope International University.

Priory made it a trifecta, beating Yosemite 81-52 on the second day of the SoCal Holiday Classic at JSerra on Thursday. The Panthers (6-2) meet Brawley in the Silver Division on Friday night.

In a nonleague game, host Woodside beat Overfelt 72-51. The Wildcats (7-4) are off until a nonleague game against visiting Lowell on Jan. 5 at 6 p.m.

Max Dorward added 10 points for the Vikings (5-2), who play Iolani on Friday night. Spencer Rojahn hit three 3-pointers, all in the first quarter, to spark Paly to an early lead it never relinquished. Rojahn also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Paul Jackson III added eight points and a team-best six assists.

Jefferson and Zou combined to score 12 of Paly's 23 third-quarter points. The football combo of Paul Jackson III and Jackson Chryst added a combined nine points in the fourth quarter.

Joe Foley scored 19 points, one of four Knights to reach double figures in scoring against Valley Christian. Thomas Brown scored 15 of his 16 points in the first half, Cole Kastner added 13 points and Riley Woodson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 18 rebounds. Foley and Brown combined for another 13 rebounds.

Menlo (6-0) meets Canyon-Anaheim (12-1) in Friday's semifinal. The Comanches average 79 points and 33 rebounds a game.

Girls basketball

Pinewood opened the Joe Schram Holiday Classic at St. Francis High in Mountain View with a lop-sided 80-34 victory over Lowell-San Francisco on Thursday.

Hannah Jump scored 23 points, making 5-of-10 3-pointers along the way, to lead the Panthers (8-1), who meet Soquel at 6 p.m. on Friday. She also led the team with four of Pinewood's 19 steals.

Trinity Copeland helped Pinewood control the boards, grabbing 14, including 12 offensive rebounds.

Klara Astrom and Bri Claros each added 11 points.

Palo Alto dropped a 56-43 decision to Aptos in its first-round contest. The Vikings (5-3) meet North Salinas at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

At the Seaside Sweet 16 tournament, Lauren Sibley scored 12 points but Castilleja (3-8) lost to River City, 53-33.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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