Castilleja basketball coach Jez McIntosh celebrated his 200th career victory following a comfortable 56-24 nonleague victory over visiting Crystal Springs on Thursday night. The Gators had tried three times, and failed, to give McIntosh his milestone win following his 199th career victory on Dec. 31.
Castilleja senior Natasha von Kaeppler provided the early scoring for the Gators as she tallied 10 of her game-high 19 points in the first quarter. She set a school record by playing in her 102nd consecutive game, eclipsing the mark previously held by Nikki Perlman.
Castilleja was led by senior Abby Thornburg in the second quarter as she scored six of her career-high 12 points. The Gators slowly built upon their 21-point halftime advantage and coasted to a 32-point win behind three players in double figures and a hefty 48-22 rebounding advantage.
Sophomore Olivia Nicholls added 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Freshman point guard Alina Brown had a career-high seven assists while senior Laura Rose led three players in double-figure rebounds with a career-high 11 boards, becoming the first Castilleja reserve to pull down at least 10 rebounds since December 2005. Castilleja also got 10 boards from von Kaeppler, who added three blocks and four steals -- becoming the first player in school history with 300 career steals. Sophomore Lauren Rantz also added 10 rebounds in a addition to four assists, three blocks and a career-high tying three steals.
Sacred Heart Prep maintained its lead in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) with a 4-1 victory over host King's Academy on Thursday in Sunnyvale.
The Gators (3-0, 7-4-1) grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by senior Abby Dahlkemper, the second assisted by senior Geena Graumann. After Gianna Capovilla gave SHP a 3-0 lead in the second half on another assist by Graumann, Dahlkemper finished off her second hat trick of the week following a goal by King's (1-2, 4-5-3).
Sacred Heart will put its division-leading record on the line Tuesday against second-place Priory at 2:45 p.m.
In Portola Valley, Priory remained tied for second place following a 5-0 victory over visiting Castilleja on Thursday. The Panthers (2-0-1, 7-1-3) got on the board in the second minute when Darrah Shields scored off an assist from Eugenia Jernick to give Priory all the scoring it needed.
Sophomore Mariana Galvan, however, then dribbled past four Castilleja defenders before adding a second goal in the 24th minute, assisted by freshman Margarett Shields. Darrah Shields then put Priory up 3-0 by halftime with an excellent strike from 30 yards out four minutes later. Jernick and Galvan scored in the 50th and 55th minute, respectively, to finish off the Gators (0-3, 5-6).
In Burlingame, Menlo School climbed into a second-place tie in the WBAL with Priory following a 3-0 victory over host Mercy-Burlingame on Thursday. The Knights (2-0-1, 3-3-5) got on the board in the first half when Sophie Sheeline headed in a cross from Kelly Cavan just 15 minutes into the match. Minutes later, freshmen Sienna Stritter scored from close range off an assist from freshmen Amanda McFarland.
Menlo's third goal was scored by McFarland on a one on one off a second assist from Cavan. Menlo sophomore goalies Julia Dressel and Kelly McConnell recorded their third consecutive shutout as both made three saves each half. Junior defenders Sophia King and Shannon Lacy led the Menlo defense against Mercy (0-3, 3-6).
In the PAL Bay Division, host Menlo-Atherton got goals from Gillian Collom and Lindsay Keare, both assisted by Meryssa Thompson, as the Bears (2-3-1, 6-3-2) defeated visiting Woodside, 2-1, in a big showdown. It was M-A's first victory over Woodside (5-1, 8-3) in six years and the Wildcats' first league loss since the 2008-09 season.