Menlo, M-A girls win tournament consolation titles

The Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School girls continued their preparations for the upcoming league basketball seasons by capturing consolation titles in tournaments that concluded on Monday.

Menlo-Atherton rallied to defeat Evergreen Valley, 58-55, in the consolation finals of the Newark Memorial tournament in Fremont.

Evergreen senior Guards Namrata Challa, Kaelynn Rodriguez-Saelee and Carolyn Ngo combined for seven 3-pointers in the first half to open a 12- point lead. In the third quarter, however, M-A's defense tightened and Bears' senior guard Emma Heath began hitting outside shots while freshman post Ofa Sili scored 10 of her team-high 19 points in the paint resulting in a 20-3 quarter.

In the fourth, M-A's lead fell to one point with eight seconds remaining before Heath hit both of a 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity to seal the victory as she finished with 16 points and the Bears improved to 6-2. M-A junior forward Naomi Baer finished with 11 points.

In Belmont, all-tournament selection Donya Dehnad tossed in 16 points as Menlo School rolled to a 15-point halftime lead on the way to a 53-45 victory over Luther Burbank of Sacramento in the consolation finals of the Steve Geromoni Invitational at Notre Dame-Belmont.

Hannah Paye and Mackenzie Duffner each added 13 points for the Knights (6-4) while Anna Miller grabbed seven rebounds.

In Salinas, Castilleja dropped a 58-53 overtime decision to Salinas in the seventh-place game of the Monterey Bay Sweet 16 Tournament at Notre Dame-Salinas.

The Gators (5-7) came out ice cold and were down 14-3 in the second period when All-WBAL guard Paige Vermeer caught fire with a trio of 3-pointers. Yasmeen Afifi added six points, and Castilleja grabbed a 25-23 halftime lead.

The teams traded the lead several times during a see-saw second half. Afifi fouled out late in the fourth quarter, but the Gators still held a 47-45 lead in the last minute. A pair of turnovers allowed Salinas to tie the game and, in overtime, the Cowboys (7-3) took advantage of Afifi's absence to outscore Castilleja 11-6 for the win.

Vermeer finished with 23 points (with five 3-pointers), nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals. She ranks fourth all-time in school history in 3-pointers and steals. Afifi had 15 points and seven rebounds while Maddie Tarr added seven points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Cate Alder led Castilleja's defense with five steals.

In East Palo Alto, host Eastside Prep dropped a tough 52-51 decision to Camarillo in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The Panthers (8-3) will play Enterprise for third place on Tuesday at 6 p.m.



Boys Basketball

Pinewood at Head Royce Tournament (Oakland), 6 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Menlo School at Carmel, 3:30 p.m.


Boys Basketball

Menlo-Atherton at St. Francis, 4 p.m.

Pinewood at Head Royce Tournament , 6 p.m.

Amador Valley at Palo Alto, 7 p.m.

Stuart Hall at Priory, 7 p.m.

Gunn vs. Milpitas at Cain Classic (Milpitas High), 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Sacred Heart Cathedral at Eastside Prep, 7 p.m.

Mountain View at Menlo-Atherton, 7 p.m.

Washington (Fremont) at Menlo School, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Menlo School at The Bishop's School, 3 p.m.

Sacred Heart Prep at Hillsdale, 4 p.m.

Valley Christian at Pinewood, 5 p.m.

Santa Clara at Palo Alto (El Camino field), 6 p.m.


Gunn, Palo Alto at Ruppel 2nd Man Invitational (Cupertino High), 2:30 p.m.


Boys Basketball

Gunn at Cain Classic (Milpitas High), 6 p.m.

Menlo-Atherton at Half Moon Bay, 6 p.m.

Northgate at Palo Alto, 7 p.m.

Sacred Heart Prep at Serra, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Menlo-Atherton at Half Moon Bay, 5 p.m.

Boys Soccer

St. Francis at Gunn, 11 a.m.

Sacred Heart Prep at Hillsdale, 11 a.m.

Menlo School at Pacific Grove, 12 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Menlo School at Francis Parker (San Diego), 12 p.m.

Woodside at Sacred Heart Prep, 12 p.m.


Gunn, Palo Alto at Bianchini Memorial (Cupertino High), 9 a.m.

Girls Wrestling

Menlo-Atherton at Salinas Valley Challenge (Alisal High, Salinas), 9 a.m.

(Note: Basketball tournament times are approximate)

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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