Pinewood girls reach hoop tourney finals


The Pinewood girls' basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Leo LaRocca Sand Dune Classic with a 32-31 victory over Lowell at St. Ignatius High in San Francisco on Wednesday.

The Panthers (9-3) got 13 points, 12 rebounds and three assists from sophomore Leeana Bade to help overcome a 5-for-25 shooting effort from three-point range. Pinewood finished with just 28 percent from the floor but advanced with a solid defensive effort while winning its seventh straight game.

Pinewood will play host St. Ignatius for the title at 5:30 p.m.

In Belmont, an attempted layin to win the game instead was called a charging foul and cost Menlo School a 47-46 decision in the semifinals of the Steve Geramori Invitational at Notre Dame-Belmont.

Menlo had taken a 46-45 lead on a basket by Elisa Merten, but Scotts Valley erased that on a hoop by Natalia Ebrahimian, who finished with 20 points. The Knights one last chance with 15 seconds to play but Donya Dehnad was called for an offensive foul on her drive to the basket.

The loss dropped the Knights (5-3) into Thursday's third-place game (6 p.m.) against American Canyon.

Dehnad scored 12 points to lead Menlo while season scoring leader Drew Edelman was double-teamed and held to a season-low six points. She still grabbed 16 rebounds. Edelman came into the game averaging a double-double. She's still averaging 18.6 points and 18 rebounds per game over her past six outings.

In Antioch, freshman Brije Byers tallied 15 points and sophomore Anisah Smith added 13 to pace Eastside Prep to a 57-33 victory over Colony in the consolation round of the Gold Division in the West Coast Jamboree.

The Panthers (5-7) snapped a three-game losing streak as Alexis Simon grabbed 12 rebounds, Charmaine Bradford scored eight points and dished six assists and 6-3 freshman Destiny Graham grabbed 10 rebounds to go with eight points and three blocked shots. Eastside Prep overcame 23 turnovers and moved within a victory of reaching Friday's consolation finals.

In Newark, turnovers, unforced errors and missed shots resulted in just three points in the third quarter as Menlo-Atherton dropped a 42-33 decision to St. Joseph Notre Dame in the opening round of the Newark Memorial Tournament on Wednesday.

The Bears (3-8) trailed by only three at halftime before letting the game slip away in the decisive third quarter. Senior Tennyson Jellins led the Bears with nine points.

In Watsonville, Sacred Heart Prep suffered a 36-34 overtime loss to Berean Christian in the second round of the Don & Martha Price Christmas Classic at Monte Vista Christian. The Gators (7-2) were led by Helen Gannon's 11 points.

Sacred Heart opened the tourney a day earlier with a 51-28 victory over Valley Christian (Roseville) as Gannon tallied 12 points and Kelsey Hemm added 10.

Boys' basketball

Senior Richard Harris scored 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to pace Menlo School to a 55-46 victory over Campbell Hall of North Hollywood in the third round of the Chaminade Classic on Wednesday in West Hills.

Sophomore guard Bobby Roth added a career-high 16 points with senior guard James Huber adding eight as the Knights improved to 5-3 following a 55-44 loss to Eastside Catholic of Washington State on Tuesday.

"It was a great game from start to finish," said Menlo first-year coach Delandro Leday, whose team will play for fifth place on Thursday.

A key to victory was Menlo's defensive effort on Campbell Hall freshman Aaron Holiday, who managed just seven points after scoring 36 in an opening-round win. Holiday is the brother of Philadelphia 76ers' standout Jrue Holiday.

In Morgan Hill, Menlo-Atherton came up short in its bid to reach the finals of the Sobrato Tournament following a 45-33 loss to Damonte Ranch in the semifinals on Wednesday night. The Bears (6-5) were led by Royce Branning's 10 points and Dominic Tully's 10 rebounds. M-A trailed by only four points entering the final period, where it was outscored by 17-9.

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