The Eastside Prep girls' basketball team came up with one of its better balanced efforts of the season while rolling to a 51-41 victory over Oakland Tech in the opening round of the Paris Twins Classic at Piedmont High in Oakland on Thursday.
Alexus Simon tallied 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Hashima Carothers had 10 points and 10 boards to pace the Panthers (3-1). Eastside Prep also got 11 assists from Charmaine Bradford plus 12 points from Destiny Graham and Brije Byers. Chacitty Cunningham came up with five steals.
The Panthers next will face Lynbrook in the second round on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
At the Pinewood Classic in Los Altos Hills:
Olivia Tapia tallied a career-high 17 points and added four steals, two rebounds and two assists to pace Gunn to a 48-33 win over Scotts Valley in the opening round. Zoe Zwerling added 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals for Gunn while Meghan Mahoney contributed eight points and seven rebounds with Sarah Klem pulling down nine rebounds. Gunn played without starter Claire Klausner, who was on a softball visit to Princeton.
The Titans (3-1) will face Presentation on Friday in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Palo Alto (1-3), which lost to Pinewood in overtime on Wednesday, will take on Mills in a consolation-bracket game at 3:30 p.m. The championship game is Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
At the King's Academy Winter Classic in Sunnyvale, Sacred Heart Prep remained unbeaten by rolling to a 36-16 halftime lead on the way to a 46-29 win over the host Knights. Sisters Meghan and Melissa Holland each had nine points for the Gators (4-0) while Helen Gannon and Riley Hemm split 16 points.
At the Terra Nova Tiger Varsity Tournament in Pacifica, Olivia Nicholls and Lauren Rantz each had 11 points but Castilleja (3-2) still dropped a 62-43 decision to Terra Nova in the first round.
The Gators will face Menlo School in the second round on Friday at 4:45 p.m.
Menlo School started off cold against Piedmont Hills and could never recover while dropping a 50-47 decision. Menlo (0-2) was led in scoring by Donya Dehnad with 15 points and Hannah Paye with 10 points. Olivia Pelarin led the team in rebounding with 10.
The Knights, who were missing three starters in Tuesday's season opener, were without a fourth as Jasmine Williams missed the contest.
At the Los Altos Girls Basketball Holiday Classic, Menlo-Atherton dropped a 73-41 first-round game to Mountain View. The Bears (1-3) committed 23 turnovers, 12 in the first half as they fell behind by 39-14 at halftime. Erin LaPorte had 13 points for M-A, which will play Aragon in a consolation game on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Prep ended a two-game losing streak in a big way with an 87-51 blowout win over Terra Nova in the consolation bracket of the Burlingame Lions Club Tournament on Thursday at Burlingame High.
The Gators (1-2) got 18 points from 6-foot-2 sophomore Corbin Koch and 17 points from 6-4 senior Ricky Galliani while shooting a near-perfect 26-of-28 from the free-throw line. The Gators blew the game open with a 36-point second quarter. A total of 13 players scored for the Gators, who meet Los Altos in the third round on Friday at 5p.m.
At the Fukushima Invitational at Independence High in San Jose, Palo Alto senior Aubrey Dawkins poured in 28 points, 18 in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings still came up short in a 59-51 loss to St. Francis in second-round action. The Vikings (2-1) will play for third place on Friday night.
At the Los Gatos Wildcat Invitational, Gunn got 22 points from Patrick Skelly in a 61-51 second-round loss to Christopher School. The Titans (1-4), who got nine points from Sean Barry, fell behind by 25-15 in the first half before playing Christopher even in the second half.
In nonleague action, host Eastside Prep (3-0) remained perfect with a victory over visiting International.