Palo Alto teams will play for tournament titles


Just one week after the girls' volleyball team captured a second straight state title, two Palo Alto basketball teams will be playing for titles of their own -- although not quite as important.

The Paly girls' basketball squad will put its 2-0 season record on the line Saturday against Presentation in the finals of the Pinewood Classic in Los Altos Hills at 4:30 p.m.

The Paly boys' hoop team, meanwhile, will risk its 5-0 record when the Vikings play for the championship of the Granada Tournament later in the evening. Paly advanced with a 61-55 victory over Ripon Christian as Israel Hakim scored 13 points and Aubrey Dawkins added 12. The Vikings outscored Ripon, 14-6, in the second quarter, which proved to be the difference.

The girls beat Scotts Valley, 50-41, in a very physical game Friday night in the semifinals. Paly limited Scotts Valley to just three points in the second quarter while taking a 30-17 halftime lead.

Senior Emilee Osagiede led the Vikings to victory with 10 points and 12 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive glass.

Osagiede was instrumental in handling the Scotts Valley pressure defense at the end of the game.

Paly sophomore Charlotte Alipate had a breakout game with a tough inside presence that resulted in seven rebounds (four offensive) and 10 points.

Paly's Lindsay Black played her usual tenacious defense and hit two big 3-pointers while finishing with 12 points and eight rebounds. Paly's 6-2 junior Josie Butler added 12 points and nine rebounds.

"It was very physical game and I was proud of the way our players attacked and played with great intensity and effort throughout," said Paly coach Scott Peters. "We look forward to the challenge of playing a very well-coached Presentation team for the championship."

The title game might have been another Gunn-Palo Alto matchup (the teams faced each other three times last year), but the Titans (3-2) dropped a 60-56 decision to Presentation in the other semifinal on Friday. Gunn will face Scotts Valley for third place on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Zoe Zwerling scored 16 points with four rebounds and three steals while shooting 83 percent from the free-throw line to pace Gunn. Cat Perez added 13 points eight rebounds and two blocks while Claire Klausner contributed 11 points and four rebounds as the Titans out-rebounded Presentation, 32-14. Freshman Meghan Mahoney pulled down 10 to lead the way.

Host Pinewood, meanwhile, lost its second straight one-point game -- 48-47 to San Mateo -- and will play Evergreen Valley for seventh place at noon. The Panthers haven't won their tournament since 2006, despite winning three CIF Division V state titles since then -- including in 2006.

Pinewood held a 26-20 halftime lead but couldn't hold on. Freshman Marissa Hing led the Panthers (1-2) with 14 points while sophomore Leanna Bade added 12 and Monique McDevitt finished with 10.

At the Terra Nova Invitational, Menlo-Atherton and Castilleja both fell in third-round games on Friday.

The Bears (3-3) dropped a 63-30 decision to Moreau Catholic as Tennyson Jellins led the Bears with 12 points. M-A fell behind by 36-9 at the half and never recovered.

In the consolation semifinals, the Gators (3-4) were edged by Mountain View, 44-43, despite a career-high 14 points and season-high 15 rebounds by Lauren Rantz. She scored her final points on a layup with a minute to play to give Castilleja a four-point lead.

The Spartans answered with their own layin, made a defensive stop that resulted in a foul. Mountain View made the first free throw, missed the second but grabbed the rebound. Trailing by one with 18 seconds left, the Spartans hit a game-winning layup.

In nonleague action, Melissa Holland scored 24 points to pace host Sacred Heart Prep (4-0) to a 45-43 victory over Convent of the Sacred Heart on Friday.

Boys' basketball

After falling behind by 16 points at halftime, Sacred Heart Prep put on a furious second-half rally only to fall short in a 65-62 loss to host Burlingame in the annual Burlingame Lions Club Tournament on Friday night.

The game was a rematch of last year's tourney finale, also won by Burlingame.

The Gators (3-1) outscored the Panthers by 21-10 in the third quarter and had a 27-4 run at one point in the second half to grab a 59-52 lead with three minutes to play. Burlingame (5-1) took back the lead on a 3-pointer with under a minute to play.

Cole McConnell scored 16 points with seven assists and six rebounds and Ricky Galliani added 14 for the Gators. McConnell and fellow senior Pat Bruni were named to the all-tournament team.

At the Overfelt Classic, Gunn (2-3) got 14 points from junior Max Girod in a 66-30 victory over Silver Creek. Patrick Skelly and Shang Yip each added 10 points for the Titans (2-3), who will play in the consolation finals on Saturday at 5 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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