Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - December 24, 2010

Priory girls win soccer tourney

Palo Alto, SHP girls both capture holiday basketball tourney championships

by Keith Peters

The Priory girls' soccer team received an early Christmas present on Tuesday, a tournament championship.

The Panthers completed their successful run through the Burlingame Winter Showcase by defeating Sacred Heart Cathedral, 2-1, for the championship. The Panthers needed either a win or a tie to claim the crown.

Priory actually trailed 1-0 in the first 15 minutes before getting the equalizer in the 20th minute on a standout individual effort by sophomore Mariana Galvan, who dribbled past two defenders just inside the left box, cut it back to her right foot and found the upper corner.

Priory sophomore keeper Liz Oliphant kept her team in the match with three significant saves before Galvan was fouled at the top of the penalty box with just four minutes left to play. While the SHC keeper was setting up her wall, Galvan took the shot, hitting the opposite post with it angling in for the winner.

Molly Simpson, Lauren Barkman, Alex Schnabel and freshman Kaitlyn Teoman all were praised by associate head coach Henry Arredondo for their standout defensive play.

In the semifinals on Monday, Priory put itself in position to possibly win the tourney with a 1-0 victory over host Burlingame.

Priory got the game-winning goal in the 18th minute after Galvan broke through two defenders and was taken out by the Burlingame keeper, resulting in a penalty kick. Galvan converted the PK and the goal stood up for the win.

"The girls responded well with a fast start and dominated in the attack," said first-year coach Ramiro Arredondo, a former Priory standout player. "Junior defender Molly Simpson was back in the lineup after missing the Saturday night match versus Hillsdale. Simpson was able to control the BHS attack and didn't give them any solid looks at our goal."

Priory is now off until opening West Bay Athletic League action against Menlo School in January.

Boys' basketball

Gunn's three-game win streak at the Fremont-Sunnyvale Holiday Basketball Tournament came to an end in a 66-55 loss to Mountain View in the championship game on Tuesday night.

The Titans (7-4), making their fifth appearance in the finals in the past six years, wound up losing to their coach of last season, Jim Forthoffer.

Gunn trailed by 38-21 at halftime before rallying. Senior Matt Redfield, who had scored in double figures in all three previous tourney games, was held to seven. Senior Anthony Cannon stepped up with a career-high 25 as he knocked down four treys. He tallied 16 points in the second half.

Jack Hannan added 12 points for Gunn and joined Redfield on the 10-player all-tournament team.

In another Fremont tourney finale, junior Bradley Naumann tallied 17 points with six assists as Pinewood routed San Mateo, 80-45. Cameron Helvey added 13 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Panthers (8-2) while Solomone Wolfgramm added 10 points.

At the Del Mar Christmas Tournament, Eastside Prep (5-3) was held to single-digit scoring in all four quarters as the Panthers fell to Leigh, 68-25.

In nonleague action, Jonny Halprin scored 16 points while Mac Osborne added 15 points and eight rebounds to lead host Menlo School to a 59-45 victory. Richard Harris contributed 12 points and 10 rebouknds while Kent Lacob tossed in 10 points with five assists for the Knights (2-3), who will back in action at the Chaminade Christmas Classic starting Monday in West Hills.

Girls' basketball

Palo Alto overcame a first-quarter deficit and steadily pulled away for a 46-38 victory over Los Gatos in the championship game of the Saratoga Shootout on Tuesday night.

The Vikings (6-2) got 15 points from junior Emilee Osagiede, nine points from junior Lindsey Black and scoring from seven other players in registering their first tourney title of the season.

In the semifinals on Monday, Palo Alto jumped out to a 15-point lead in the opening quarter and rolled to a 62-39 victory over Evergreen Valley. The Vikings grabbed a 32-14 halftime lead. Sophomore Stephanie Allen led the way with 12 points while Black added 10.

Palo Alto will be back in action next week at the annual West Coast Jamboree, regarded as the largest tournament in the nation.

On Monday, it was plenty of defense and just enough offense as Sacred Heart Prep captured the Half Moon Bay Tournament with a 44-33 triumph over Lynbrook.

The Gators (5-0) finished off their three-game sweep by limiting the Vikings to just three points in the fourth quarter. Helen Gannon provided 12 points, all coming on three-pointers, and was named to the all-tournament team aling with teammates Melissa Holland and Catherine Donahoe.

Holland contributed 10 points and Donahoe added eight. Megan Holland tossed in nine points. Lynbrook hurt itself by making only six of 22 free throws.

On Tuesday in Phoenix, Ariz., Pinewood continued its sharp-shooting from three-point range to gun down Central Catholic, 62-56, in the third round of the Nike Tournament of Champions on Tuesday.

The Panthers (5-2) made 13 three-pointers with Hailie Eackles sinking five on the way to 18 points. Fellow senior Miranda Seto made a trio of treys and finished with a team-high 20 points. Eackles is averaging 24 points a game in the three tourney games.

Menlo School struggled early against visiting Heritage High, trailing by six after one quarter, but eventually shook off the rust of coming off finals to post a 44-42 nonleague victory on Tuesday. The Knights (5-2) were led by Drew Edelman, who scored 20 points and gathered 16 rebounds. Senior Whitney Hooper had another good all-round game with 12 points and three steals. Menlo will host Washington on Wednesday at 6 p.m. before taking a break for the holidays.

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