The Peninsula Athletic League basketball playoffs opened and closed for the Menlo-Atherton girls on Wednesday night as the Bears fell to top seed Westmoor, 48-38, in Daly City.
The Rams were undefeated in the PAL North Division this season at 12-0 while the Bears were 8-4 in the PAL South.
Both teams came out strong offensively in the first quarter, but the game quickly settled into a defensive battle. In the second quarter, M-A broke out to a 26-20 lead on six points from senior captain Emma Heath, but the Rams came back with 14 points from juniors Brianna Domagas and Yazmeen Goo resulting in a 30-28 Westmoor lead at the half.
In the third period, M-A freshman post Ofa Sili scored five of her 14 points but it was not enough as the Rams increased their lead to five points. In the fourth quarter, the Westmoor defense held the Bears (16-9) to three points -- all from Sili -- while the Rams (17-6) made their free throws and put the game away.
Next up for Menlo-Atherton will be the CCS playoffs, which begin next week.
Palo Alto's possible shot at winning the SCVAL De Anza Division title disappeared in a 54-47 loss to host Homestead on Wednesday night in Sunnyvale.
The Vikings (7-4, 13-10) needed a victory to remain a game back of first-place Los Altos with one game remaining. Now, Paly is two back of the Eagles (9-2), who clinched the division crown with a 56-52 win at Los Gatos.
Seniors Keesean Johnson and Noah Phillips combined for 29 points for Paly, which plays host to Los Gatos on Friday night at 7:45 p.m. The Vikings need a victory to clinch third place and an automatic Central Coast Section playoff berth. Otherwise, Paly could fall into a tie for third with Homestead, which help the Vikings to just four points in the third quarter on Wednesday.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn continued to struggle following a 54-45 loss to host Monta Vista in Cupertino. Junior Chris Russell was the lone bright spot for the Titans (4-7, 12-11) with 26 points.