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Gunn boys fall out of sole possession of first place after suffering hoop loss

 

The Gunn boys' basketball team had everything under control heading into this week. All the Titans needed to do was beat visiting Cupertino on Tuesday night.

With that accomplished, Gunn would have had the luxury of a one-game lead in the SCVAL De Anza Division heading into an important showdown at Palo Alto on Friday night.

That won't happen now for the Titans, who fell into a tie for first place in the division following a 50-42 loss to visiting Cupertino. Gunn (4-1, 12-5) and Palo Alto (3-1, 9-6) will meet with first place at stake after Cupertino toppled both teams in consecutive games.

Cupertino grabbed a three-point lead after one quarter and led by 25-19 at the half. The Titans found themselves down 36-25 after three quarters and 41-30 two minutes into the fourth period before back-to-back three pointers by Anthony Cannon and Jack Hannan pulled them to within 41-36. That, however, was as close as Gunn would get.

Hannan led Gunn with 17 points but 6-foot-7 Matt Redfield was limited to nine while Gunn was held seven points under its season scoring average.

Palo Alto had a bye on Tuesday.

In the West Bay Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep got a twin performance from seniors Reed and Will McConnell and remained atop the standings with a dominating 62-37 victory over host Menlo School on Tuesday night.

Despite being a heated rivalry, Menlo's emotion couldn't overcome Sacred Heart Prep's height, depth and experience. The McConnell twins each scored 15 points while the Gators (5-0, 13-2) put 10 players into the scoring column and grabbed a 33-18 halftime lead. Richard Harris had 15 points and six rebounds for Menlo (2-3, 6-8).

In another WBAL test, host Priory got 31 points from Brandon Willhite and 17 from Gabor Somogyi, but it still wasn't enough as the Panthers (1-4, 7-6) dropped a 72-67 decision to Crystal Springs in two overtimes.

"We were up by four with 35 seconds left and turned it over," said Priory coach David Moseley. "They went down and scored and brought the game within two. Then we missed a free throw and they came down and hit a three, tying the game. Brandon was fouled on a layup, (but) no call."

That sent the game into overtime, with the end of the first OT similar to regulation. Priory was up by four with 40 seconds to play but suffered back-to-back turnovers and missed free throws, allowing Crystal Springs to tie again. The Gryphons outscored Priory in the second OT, 10-5.

Willhite and Somogyi each grabbed 10 rebounds, but Priory was just 2-of-16 from three-point range while the Gryphons were 5-of-11. Priory also hurt itself at the free-throw line, making just 15 of 32. Crystal Springs also won in the turnover department, with just five compared to Priory's 16.

In the Private Schools Athletic League, Lydell Cardwell poured in 34 points to pace host Mid-Peninsula to a 75-36 romp over Summit Prep on Tuesday. The Dragons (5-0, 10-2) maintained their solid grip on first place as Reggie Williams added 22 points and Anthony Briggs chipped in with 14.

Girls basketball

Castilleja squandered a six-point fourth-quarter lead, during which it was outscored by 20-8, as the Gators dropped a 49-43 WBAL Foothill Division game to visiting Mercy-San Francisco on Tuesday to remain winless in league play.

The Skippers (2-1, 15-2), who had not won at Castilleja since 2006, grabbed an early advantage before Castilleja (0-3, 8-6) rallied for a 23-20 halftime lead. It was 35-29 heading into the final quarter and Castilleja still held a five-point lead with five minutes to play before collapsing.

Castilleja senior Natasha von Kaeppler scored 25 points, becoming the fourth player in school history with 1,400 career points. She had 14 points in the first half to keep her team on top. She also grabbed 16 rebounds with a career-high tying eight blocks and three steals, giving her the school record for career steals with 296.

Castilleja's Lauren Rantz had eight rebounds, five assists and four blocks in the loss.

In Atherton, Menlo School stayed close to the leaders in the WBAL Foothill Division following a 44-31 victory over visiting Sacred Heart Prep in girls' basketball action Tuesday night. The Knights (2-1, 12-5) grabbed a 24-13 halftime lead and maintained a healthy margin throughout the second half.

Drew Edelman once again led Menlo with a double-double, getting 15 points and 10 rebounds against the shorter Gators (0-3, 8-4). Lauren Lete had four steals while Whitney Hooper added three assists for Menlo. Melissa Holland tallied 12 points for SHP.

Results of the Menlo-Atherton at Burlingame girls' game were not submitted.

Girls soccer

With senior Abby Dahlkemper scoring three goals, the Sacred Heart Prep girls' soccer team rolled to a 5-1 victory over Castilleja in a WBAL Foothill Division match on Tuesday at the Mayfield Soccer Complex in Palo Alto.

Sophia Abuel-Saud (assist Laurenn Espeseth) and Kendall Jager provided the other goals for SHP (2-0, 6-4-1) while Emily Mosbacher broke a scoreless drought for Castilleja (0-2, 5-5) with a second-half goal (her 10th of the season) to bring her team to within 4-1 before Dahlkemper finished off her second-half hat trick.

Dahlkemper missed last week's division-opening 6-0 victory over Mercy-Burlingame while resting her left ankle. Dahlkemper missed nearly two weeks after tearing ankle tendons almost four months ago.

Castilleja played without standout freshman Gabby Kaplan, who was away at ODP Regionals in Phoenix, Ariz. The Gators also have four players sidelined by injury -- Sophie Koontz, Mandy Stephens, Sara Dawes and Roshan Malekmadani -- leaving coach Patrick Burrows with less depth than he anticipated for the season.

Nonetheless, Castilleja freshman keeper Mandi Shore had 13 saves while battling the defending league champs. Two of the saves came on 1 v 1s against Dahlkemper.

In Portola Valley, junior Darrah Shields scored two goals and assisted on another as host Priory posted a 4-0 victory over Mercy-Burlingame on Tuesday.

The Panthers (1-0-1, 6-1-3) broke the scoring drought at the 30-minute mark with an excellent one-on-one finish by Shields, who took a through ball from Mariana Galvan. In the 53rd minute, Shields lofted a corner kick that Lauren Barkmann headed in for a 2-0 lead.

Galvan used her dribbling skills to draw a foul in the penalty box in the 75th minute. She took the penalty kick and converted. Shields finished off the scoring in the 80th minute with a strike from the top of the box off an assist from Eugenia Jernick.

Sophomores Sarah Zuckerman and Stephanie Brugger has solid efforts at their midfielder positions while Molly Simpson and Barkmann did a good job of blanking the visitors.

Priory hosts Castilleja on Thursday before visiting Sacred Heart Prep next Tuesday with first place likely on the line.

In Atherton, host Menlo School defeated King's Academy, 1-0 in WBAL Foothill Division action.

Junior Sophie Sheeline scored the winning goal, volleying in a corner kick from senior Kelly Cavan with 15 minutes remaining in the match.

Menlo (1-0-1, 2-3-5) recorded its second consecutive shutout as sophomores Julia Dressel and Kelly McConnell each made six saves while sharing time in goal. Junior defender Shannon Lacy and freshmen forward Amanda McFarland led the Menlo effort.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton finally got its first victory when the Bears (1-3-1, 6-3-1) got goals from Meryssa Thompson and Gillian Collom in a 2-0 win over host Terra Nova on Tuesday evening in Pacifica.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Stephen Kauffman

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