In perhaps the most impressive defensive performance in school history, the Palo Alto girls' basketball team blanked host Wilcox in the fourth period on the way to a 39-9 victory in SCVAL De Anza Division action on Friday night in Santa Clara.
The Vikings (4-0, 11-3) had six blocks in the first half alone while taking a 19-7 lead. Paly played a swarming defense that trapped and pressured Wilcox the entire night.
"It was a total team defensive effort with everybody contributing to the cause," said Paly coach Scott Peters. "This was by far the best game we have played this year. The effort that this team put forth under duress was truly amazing."
Shamelia Clay led all scorers with 12 points followed by senior Sidney Davis with nine, as the Vikings remained tied with Gunn atop the division standings.
In Cupertino, sophomore Claire Klausner tossed in 19 points with three rebounds and three assists while Gunn shot 63 percent from two-point range and 87 percent from the foul line in a 66-23 drubbing of host Monta Vista in a SCVAL De Anza Division girls' basketball game on Friday. in Cupertino.
The Titans (4-0, 12-2) remained atop the division with their hot shooting and solid rebounding. Julia Maggioncalda grabbed seven boards to lead the way while freshman Zoe Zwerling added 12 points.
"We looked much better this week," said Gunn coach Sarah Stapp. "But we still have a lot of areas we need to improve. We are still a young team and our girls are going to have to continue to grow this year."
In Atherton, Pinewood senior Hailie Eackles poured in a season-high eight 3-pointers on the way to a 32-point outburst to help shoot down host Menlo School, 81-47, in a West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) game on Friday night. Eackles made four treys in the second quarter as the Panthers (3-0, 12-3) pulled away for good after the teams played evenly in the first quarter. Menlo fell to 1-1 (11-4). Pinewood made 17 treys with Miranda Seto making four while scoring 16 points.
In Palo Alto, Senior guard Ahjalee Harvey poured in 29 points to spark Eastside Prep to a 68-38 romp over host Castilleja in a WBAL Foothill Division game on Friday night. The Panthers (2-1, 10-6) got 12 points each from Leanne Martin and Ausjerae Holland while Natasha von Kaeppler scored 11 of her 19 points in the first quarter for the Gators (0-2, 8-5) in addition to grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing five assists.
Castilleja got to within two points in the second half before Eastside began pouring it on. With the score 29-26, the Panthers went a 10-0 run to push their lead to 13. Eastside continued its offensive outburst fueled by an aggressive defense that forced a season-high 31 Castilleja turnovers. Harvey scored 13 points in the fourth quarter. Castilleja was without the services of junior point guard Riya Modi, who sprained her ankle in a loss to Menlo on Tuesday.
The Gators were outscored 10-0 on fastbreak points, 34-18 on points in the paint and 36-6 on points off turnovers. The 30-point defeat is the largest in school history in a game where Castilleja led after the first quarter.
In San Francisco, Sacred Heart Prep was held to seven first-half points as the Gators (0-2, 8-3) dropped a 29-19 decision to Mercy-San Francisco in a WBAL contest.
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton (1-1, 5-11) got 19 points from Anna Crookston-Herschlag but still dropped a 61-47 decision to host San Mateo on Friday night.
Palo Alto moved back among the leaders in the SCVAL De Anza Division following a 2-0 victory over host Gunn on Friday night.
The Vikings (2-1, 5-5) got the eventual winning goal in just the second minute of play when center defender Helen Butler took a free kick near half field, which reached Marina Foley near the top of the box. Foley finished by placing the ball in the far right corner.
In the second half, center midfielder Emy Kelty assisted to Emily Brown, who scored by chipping the ball from outside the box with her left foot over the goalie's head. Gunn fell to 1-2-1 (6-3-2). Liza Marinaro, Diana Wise and Alyssa Perreault were the standouts for Gunn.