The Palo Alto boys' and girls' basketball teams continued their winning ways against rival Gunn as the Vikings swept the Titans on Wednesday night in SCVAL De Anza Division action.
The Titans trailed by only four after one period but scored only 15 points over the next two quarters as the Vikings took a 47-26 lead into the final period.
Palo Alto still trails first-place Mountain View by one game after the Spartans routed Los Gatos on Wednesday, 61-31.
Earlier in the evening, the Paly girls toppled the visiting Titans, 65-49, to remain tied for first place in the division.
The Vikings (3-0, 10-2) defeated the Titans (0-2, 6-5) three times last season and now have won four straight against their rival.
"I was very happy with our energy and composure," said Paly coach Scott Peters, who said his team played its best game of the year.
Paly's defense and the inside presence of senior Emilee Osagiede proved to be the difference.
"More importantly, she showed great leadership with her energy and effort to lead the team to victory over a veteran Gunn team," Peters said.
Osagiede scored 11 of her team's 14 points in a decisive third quarter as the Vikings grabbed a 57-34 advantage that allowed Paly to coast to the finish line and have Peters get all his players some time on the court.
Osagiede also held Gunn scoring leader Cat Perez to just seven points over three quarters, including zero points in the crucial third period. Perez scored five points in the fourth quarter with Osagiede on the bench.
"Team effort was demonstrated by the fact that different players each came into the game to spark the team in different quarters," Peters explained.
Paly sophomore Danielle Palmer, for example, scored all eight of her points in the first quarter while senior Sam Borsos, who missed last year's games with Gunn due to concussion issues, sparked the Vikings with five points in the second quarter. Annie Susco also had four points in the second quarter.
Paly senior Lindsay Black scored only three points but disrupted the Gunn offense that saw guards Zoe Zwerling and Claire Klausner limited to a combined 11 points.
Paly's Stephanie Allen controlled the offense while fellow junior Josie Butler teamed with Osagiede to control the boards.
"I thought we dictated the tempo of the game and did what we had prepared to do," Peters said. "We had seen that Gunn played some man against Wilcox on Friday so when they went to man defense, we executed our game plan and attacked the basket.
"When Gunn switched to a different zone then they normally run, I was proud of the way we adjusted and attacked that zone the way we wanted to, as well."
In the only other game played Wednesday, the Menlo-Atherton boys opened their PAL Ocean Division season with a 45-42 loss to visiting Half Moon Bay. The Bears (0-1, 7-7) got 13 points from Ian Proulx and Miles Weiss plus seven rebounds from Dominic Tully. M-A trailed by 28-18 at halftime before making a game of it in the fourth period.
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