Palo Alto girls open hoop season with a victory

The Palo Alto girls got 20 points from sophomore Siggi Bengston as they opened their 2013-14 basketball season with a 74-51 nonleague victory over host Capuchino on Monday night.

Freshman Lauren Koyama added 18 points, breaking the game open in the third quarter with three straight 3-pointers on the way to making five for the game. Paly made 11 of 25 shots from 3-point range in addition to grabbing 15 offensive rebounds.

Paly sophomore Maddie Atwater contributed nine assists while freshmen Amelia Schmarzo and Skyler Burris added 10 points apiece.

"Overall, it was a good win for Palo Alto to start the season," said Paly coach Scott Peters. "We got the first-game jitters out of the way and can work on playing better defense in our next game."

Paly (1-0) will open its home season Wednesday against San Mateo at 6 p.m.

The Priory boys opened their season against San Mateo on Monday and came away with a 48-47 nonleague victory behind 21 points from sophomore Scotty Harris and 13 from junior Andy Isokpehi. The Panthers had to withstand 10 3-pointers by the Bearcats.

In other nonleague openers Monday:

Sophomore Riley Hemm tallied 15 points and senior Meghan Holland added 14 as Sacred Heart Prep posted a 49-38 triumph over Mercy-Burlingame at College of San Mateo. Hemm and Holland each had a pair of 3-pointers.

The Menlo boys, meanwhile, got a combined 25 points from seniors Bobby Roth and Ryan Young, but a big first-quarter deficit was too much to overcome as the Knights dropped a 60-42 decision to visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral. Menlo fell behind by 26-12 after one quarter and still trailed by 14 at the half. Menlo came within 10 in the fourth period on free throws by Young and Roth before the Irish pulled away.

Girls soccer

Despite battling to a scoreless tie in the opening half, Palo Alto dropped a 2-0 nonleague decision at Carlmont to open the season.

The Vikings' Aoi Sugihara got the first corner kick of the season, but Carlmont's goalie turned the shot away. Paly's Jess Branson came off the bench early and immediately contributed by heading out a Carlmont free kick. Sunny Lyu made a nice cross to Sugihara but, again, the Vikings were denied. Paly junior keeper Sarah Lim made several stops and, just before the half, Olivia Musil cleared the ball to avert a possible Carlmont goal.

The second half started with a burst by Paly's Lena Chang, who missed right, and a corner kick by Sugihara that Carlmont just cleared away. The Scots answered with a goal, which woke up Paly and resulted in a flurry of shots from Lyu, Nika Woodfall, and Sugihara. But, nothing got through. Carlmont answered with a score on a free kick just outside Paly's 18-yard box. Paly battled back with more offense -- two crosses from Megan Tall to Branson, but neither could find the cage.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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