The Vikings (8-4 overall) have a league bye Friday and hosts the Wildcats at 6 p.m. Saturday in an intriguing non-league game.
Woodside is looking for its first winning season in eight years. Palo Alto's last losing season was 12 years ago.
The Wildcats' 69-64 victory over Burlingame was their second against a team with a winning record. Sequoia is 3-8 overall but just beat Hillsdale (8-4 overall).
Palo Alto is 6-4 against teams with a winning record and owns double-digit wins over Carlmont and Sequoia of the PAL.
While both teams are title contenders, neither is the favorite. Los Altos (13-1), which plays at Milpitas on Friday, is considered the team to beat in the SCVAL De Anza Division. The Eagles are 3-0 against the PAL.
Menlo-Atherton (9-3, 1-0), which plays at Carlmont on Friday, looks ready to defend its PAL title.
Saturday's winner could, though, conceivably have an edge when it comes time for Central Coast Section seeding.
There was an intense atmosphere for a midweek prep basketball game Wednesday at Los Gatos. A large contingent of Palo Alto fans made the trip south during rush hour traffic to provide support for their team and verbally joust with the Los Gatos home rooting section, which turned out in full force for the game.
The intensity was also seen on the court with beneficial results for both defenses and big-time struggles on the offensive end.
Palo Alto finally broke through and hit some shots in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 39-29 victory.
"Those are fun games, that environment was special,'' Palo Alto coach Jeff LaMere said. "To have the student support we had ... We heard them and felt comfortable because those fans had our back.''
Paly led 15-11 at halftime and 24-18 after three quarters before scoring 15 in the fourth quarter.
"What a grind-out win that was,'' LaMere said. "We were locked in on defense. Our guys are learning that if something goes wrong to just go on to the next play, to have a next-play mentality.''
Paly had a four-point lead at halftime despite 4 of 21 shooting. Turnovers, which had been a big issue in a loss to Menlo-Atherton in the previous game, was a problem for the opponent this time with Los Gatos committing 10 in the first half compared to Paly's five.
With so many shots not falling Matthew Marzano kept the Vikings aloft. He finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
"He does all the little things,'' LaMere said. "He plays defense, plays offense, is so unselfish. Everyone puts their best defender on him. He makes our team believe.''
Marzano and Conner Lusk combined for 16 of Paly's first 21 points. An infusion of scoring from someone else was needed and Andrew Li provided it. He hit a 3-pointer to close the third quarter then scored seven points in the fourth quarter to finish with 10.
"He's a very good offensive player,'' LaMere said. "He gave the team a shot in the arm when they needed it. Every day he comes to practice and gets extra shots.''
Calvin Kapral scored 19 points, had 10 rebounds and blocked three shots in helping Woodside beat Burlingame on Wednesday.
Dylan Barnwell added 18 points and Isaiah Minor had 15 for the Wildcats, who are off to their best start in at least 16 years.
Timmy Yee scored 10 points and had seven assists as Woodside looks for its first winning season since finishing 17-10 in 2011-12. The Wildcats have finished .500 in two seasons over the past eight years.
Menlo-Atherton opened defense of its PAL South Division title with a 61-24 victory at Mills.
Nick Tripaldi and Trevor Wargo each scored 12 points for the Bears (9-3, 1-0), who travel to play Carlmont on Friday night at 7:45 p.m.
Jeremiah Earby scored 11 and J.D. Carson had nine points as M-A scored the game's first 15 points. Wargo scored 10 of his points in the opening quarter.
Tripaldi added four assists, all in the first half. A'Marion McCoy led the Bears with five rebounds and Wargo and Marshawn Smith each recorded three steals as M-A forced 28 turnovers.
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