Pinewood girls continue to roll in WBAL hoops


The Pinewood girls remained unbeaten and atop the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) basketball standings following a 70-38 romp over host Mercy-San Francisco on Tuesday night.

Freshman Stella Kailhi led the way once again for the Panthers (3-0, 9-2) with 19 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and and two steals. She was 8 of 14 from the floor for 57 percent. Senior Monique McDevitt tallied a season-high 17 points while making 4 of 8 three-pointers and senior Nia Craig tossed in 14 points.

Pinewood pulled away by outscoring the Skippers, 36-15, over the second and third periods.

In Atherton, host Menlo School finally found its shooting form and raced to a 70-52 nonleague victory over King's Academy. Junior Hannah Paye tossed in 22 points to pace the Knights (8-3), who overcame an 18-13 first-quarter deficit by outscoring Kings, 43-23, over the second and third periods. Sam Erisman added 17 points for Menlo.

In Palo Alto, Castilleja dropped its WBAL home opener to Notre Dame-San Jose, 49-44. The Gators, playing for the first time in two weeks, fell behind by 10-2 and 21-13 in the first half before senior Paige Vermeer led a late surge to cut the Regents' halftime margin to 23-20.

NDSJ caught fire with several threes in the third period to re-open a 36-28 lead going into the final quarter before the Gators (0-1, 7-5) chomped their way back. A 3-point play by junior point guard Ellie Chen tied the game at 41 and Vermeer gave Castilleja a 43-41 lead, but NDSJ went on an 8-1 run to close out the contest.

Vermeer had a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds. Chen added eight points and five rebounds, including her 200th career rebound. Maddie Tarr scored seven points.

In Portola Valley, freshman Tatiana Reese scored 26 points to help host Priory (1-1, 4-1) defeat Crystal Springs, 45-22, in a WBAL Skyline Division game.

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