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Paly boys win hoop title; Eastside Prep girls clinch at least a tie for championship
|Two basketball streaks continued -- one resulting in a championship and another in no worse than a co-title -- following important matchups on Tuesday night.
The Palo Alto boys wrapped up the SCVAL De Anza Division title with an easy 60-19 romp over last-place Cupertino.
The Vikings won their 18th straight game while improving to 10-0 in league (20-1 overall) with two games remaining in the regular season.
Senior Aubrey Dawkins once again led the way for Paly with 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Vikings, who shot 53 percent from the field, grabbed a 33-9 halftime lead and coasted from there with 10 players scoring.
In girls' hoop action, senior Hashima Carothers scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as host Eastside Prep won its ninth straight and clinched at least a tie for its first West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) regular-season title with a 47-34 victory over visiting Pinewood.
Eastside Prep (8-1, 17-5) holds a one-game lead over Pinewood (7-2, 18-5) with one game remaining. Eastside Prep will host Castilleja on Friday while Pinewood visits Menlo School. The WBAL playoffs will begin next week.
Eastside Prep ended Pinewood's five-game win streak thanks to a strong defensive effort. Pinewood scored just three points in the final quarter and made just five three-pointers.
Destiny Graham, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, contributed to Eastside's victory with five points and eight rebounds while teammate Charmaine Bradford scored 14. Eastside went on a 13-5 run to start the third period and put the game out of reach.
Menlo School, meanwhile, can earn a share of second place by beating Pinewood on Friday. The third-place Knights (6-3, 16-7) got 25 points and 14 rebounds from Drew Edelman in a 53-48 win over visiting Mercy-San Francisco on Tuesday.
In other boys' basketball action, Menlo School (10-1, 14-7) held on to first place in the WBAL with a 61-51 win over host King's Academy. The Knights will close their regular season with three straight home games against Pinewood, Eastside Prep and Crystal Springs -- likely needing two wins to clinch no worse than a tie for the league title.
Menlo won its 10th straight game with its second win in as many days. The Knights beat Priory in a makeup game Monday.
Menlo overcame a late charge by TKA, which tied the game at 48 with about four minutes remaining. Over the last few minutes, the Knights' defense clamped down to end the game on a 13-3 run.
Bobby Roth (17 points) and Liam Dunn (11 points) were instrumental in the run as they came up with big baskets and free throws to seal the game.
"We held fast and made plays down the stretch," said Menlo coach Delandro Leday. "Now we get to seal the deal at home. We know it will not be easy but we also know we play well at home."
In Atherton, host Sacred Heart Prep (9-2, 13-8) remained in second place in the WBAL with a 57-19 win over Eastside Prep (2-9 (13-10). The Gators grabbed a 30-4 halftime lead and cruised to victory. Corbin Koch led SHP with 13 points while Ricky Galliani and Ian Bennett combined for 21.
In Los Altos Hills, Pinewood (5-6, 10-9) rolled to a 57-37 victory over visiting Crystal Springs.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn dropped its fourth straight in a 71-36 loss to host Santa Clara. Patrick Skelly led the Titans (1-8, 4-14) with 15 points.
Pinewood grabbed sole possession of first place in the WBAL Skyline Division with a 5-2 victory over host Mercy-Burlingame at Skyline College. The teams entered the match tied for first place, with the winner all but clinching the outright division championship.
Pinewood (11-0-1, 12-3-2), which has two matches remaining after picking up a forfeit win over Latino Prep, can officially lock up the division title by beating host Mercy-San Francisco on Thursday. With that accomplished, the Panthers will move on to a playoff match against the Foothill Division's fourth-place team to decide the WBAL's final Central Coast Section berth.
"It was an exciting game, in which we lost one of our starting freshmen, a dynamic midfielder (Amrita Mecker), to injury in the sixth minute," said Pinewood coach Michael Tetzlaff. "But, the team shook it off, adjusted to the bigger field and gusty wind, and just went about its business without being unnerved by the importance of this game for the standings in our division."
Freshman Kelly Branson had a hat trick to lead Pinewood. Jordan Berke and Nicole Colonna added the other tallies. Gretchen Olsen, Courtney Copriviza and Leah Hess provided assists while Hannah Ditzler was solid in the cage.
"The team made a statement today," said Tetzlaff, "and the girls are not likely to bow out anytime soon."
In the WBAL Foothill Division, Menlo School celebrated Senior Day and remained unbeaten in league play with a 3-2 triumph over visiting King's Academy. The Knights (9-0, 11-2-4) twice rallied from one-goal deficits to pull out the win.
King's Academy grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute, but Menlo answered when junior Sienna Stritter drove her 23-yard free kick into the upper corner of the goal at 23 minutes. The half ended 1-1.
Eight minutes into the second half, King's took a 2-1 lead. In the 24th minute, Menlo equalized when junior Chandler Wickers placed the ball on the foot of a cutting Stritter, who calmly placed her 14-yard shot into the corner of the goal.
Menlo kept the pressure on as the whole team pushed hard for the game-winner. That goal came with eight minutes remaining when Wickers found senior Maya Norman, who freed herself with a nice move past a defender and finished with an accurate 12-yard shot past the keeper.
Menlo's victory was aided by a solid defensive effort from Hannah Rubin, Rachel Pinsker, Emma Laporte, Jamie Corley and the goalkeeper tandem of senior Julia Dressel and freshman Schuyler Tilney Volk, who had four saves each.
Menlo also received strong midfield play from Amanda McFarland, Amber Mallett, and Elena Gray. .
In Atherton, host Sacred Heart Prep moved into second place in the Foothill Division following a 1-0 victory over Crystal Springs. The Gators (4-2-4, 8-4-5) got the winning goal in the 19th minute from junior Meagan Terpening off an assist from junior Alex Bourdillon.
SHP can remain in second by beating King's Academy on Thursday and Menlo on Saturday (3 p.m.), both at home.
Elsewhere in the Foothill Division, Castilleja (2-2-5) defeated visiting Notre Dame-San Jose, 4-1, at the Mayfield Soccer Complex.
Host Menlo-Atherton and Burlingame battled to a 1-1 deadlock in PAL Bay Division action. The Bears moved to 5-4-2 in league (8-5-3 overall) with three league matches remaining. M-A held on to third place with 17 points, trailing Carlmont (25 points) and Sequoia (22).
— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics
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