SHP boys bounce back with hoops win in tournament


With Corbin Koch pouring in 25 points, the Sacred Heart Prep boys bounced back from a season-opening loss on Tuesday to defeat Irvington, 83-75, in the consolation semifinals of the Burlingame Lions Club Tournament on Wednesday.

The Gators will play for the consolation title on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

It was a wild offensive battle all the way with the teams combining for 44 points in the first quarter alone. Irvington made a game of it by outscoring the Gators in the fourth period, 24-9.

Sacred Heart Prep, which was cold from three-point range in an opening loss to Menlo-Atherton, made 13 treys. James McLean had five and finished with 21 points while Connor Moses added four and totaled 16 points.

One day after beating SHP, Menlo-Atherton went cold and dropped a 42-32 decision to unbeaten Half Moon Bay in the semifinals. Lucas Fioretti made four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points to lead the Bears (2-2).

At the Wildcat Shootout at Los Gatos. Gunn (2-1) posted a 67-35 victory over Lincoln.

In nonleague action, Priory (3-1) got 25 points from Andy Isokpehi and 21 from Scott Harris in a 56-44 victory over visiting St. Thomas More.

Girls basketball

Sacred Heart Prep remained unbeaten after four games with a 51-16 romp over Fremont in the opening round of The King's Academy Classic on Wednesday. Lagi Pakola led the Gators with 12 points and Ma'ata Makoni added 11 for SHP, which held the Firebirds scoreless in the fourth period.

In the same tourney, sophomore Cate Alder's career-high 14 points helped Castilleja defeat San Mateo, 57-20, in another opener.

The Gators jumped out to a 19-5 first-quarter lead as Ellie Chen scored nine and Paige Vermeer eight. Castilleja extended its lead to 30-15 in the second quarter, highlighted by a twisting reverse layup by Chela Davila. Alder sank a pair of threes and tallied 12 points in the third quarter, and Scout Dittmar got into the act with a steal and coast-to-coast basket as the Gators moved to a 53-20 advantage.

Chen finished with a team high 15 points, and added three assists and three steals. Alder had three assists to go with her 14 points, and Vermeer ended with 12 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Maddie Tarr scored nine points and pulled down seven boards.

The Gators (3-1) meet West Bay Athletic League rival Sacred Heart Prep in Friday's semifinals.

In nonleague action, Menlo-Atherton dropped a 45-31 nonleague game to host Silver Creek in a battle of unbeaten teams. The Bears (3-1) grabbed an 11-6 first-quarter lead by were held to just two points in the second period and trailed at the half, 17-13. Sophomore Ilana Baer led M-A with 11 points.

Girls soccer

Palo Alto remained unbeaten with its fourth straight win as Emily Tomz ran onto a long throw-in from Talia Malchin and lofted a chip over the keeper's head for a 1-0 nonleague victory over visiting Burlingame.

Palo Alto started two freshmen and five sophomore due to numerous injuries. Nonetheless, the Vikings (4-0) limited the Panthers to just two shots on goal.

In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep bounced back from a loss to Palo Alto on Monday and handed crosstown rival and host Menlo-Atherton its first loss of the soccer season, 2-0.

The Gators (2-2) scored in the 14th minute when sophomore Olivia Athens found the head of freshman Mia Shenk on a corner kick, with Shenk finishing for a 1-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Athens and Shenk teamed up again with Shenk finishing in the 31st minute. The Bears fell to 1-1-1.

Also in Atherton, host Menlo School got its first victory of the season with a 3-1 nonleague triumph over visiting Aragon. Menlo struck first in the 17th minute when junior Zoe Enright took a perfectly placed pass from freshmen Julia Wang and blasted a 15-yard shot into the corner.

In the 29th minute, Wang fed Enright perfectly again and Enright one-timed the ball from 15 yards out beautifully past the on rushing goalkeeper. In the 15th minute of the second half, Aragon cut the lead in half off a close-range shot from Alison Tejada in the 16th minute. Menlo responded in the 24th minute when senior Alexandra Walker calmly placed her 15-yard shot inside the far post on a nice assist from senior Leah Swig.

Menlo's defense was led by senior Tess Batchelder, senior Jamie Corley and sophomore Montera Espinosa.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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