Paly alone in first after knocking Mtn. View out of top spot


Using a big fourth quarter, the Palo Alto girls rolled to a 53-40 victory over visiting Mountain View on Friday night and grabbed sole possession of first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division basketball race.

The Vikings (5-0, 15-2) pulled away from a 23-22 halftime lead by outscoring the Spartans, 30-18, in the second half. A 17-6 advantage in the final quarter wrapped up Paly's 15th win in its past 16 games.

Coco Lovely tossed in 15 points and Lauren Koyama added 14 to pace Palo Alto, which overcame cold shooting in the first half (9 of 33) by hitting the offensive boards..

Mountain View (5-1, 14-4) trailed by 36-34 after three quarters but Paly connected on five of its first seven shots to start a 12-2 run that ended with the Vikings holding a 48-36 lead.

Elsewhere in the division, Gunn fell behind by 20-4 after the opening quarter and wound up falling to host Saratoga, 57-45. Freshman Chloe Gong led the Titans (2-3, 5-7) with 11 points with senior Olivia Tapia adding 10.

In the PAL Bay Division, freshman post Greer Hoyem poured in 21 points and Menlo-Atherton remained tied for first place with a 58-28 romp over host Woodside. Hoyem had 15 first-quarter points as M-A (5-1, 13-5) jumped out to a 23-9 lead. From there, the game was never in doubt as the Wildcats struggled with the Bears' size and stifling defense.

M-A's Sarah Howell and Carly McLanahan each hit three 3-pointers. Hoyem also had eight rebounds while Naomi Baer had eight points and three assists. The Wildcats were led by sophomore guard Le Andra Quijano, who had 12 points.

In the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division), Pinewood remained in sole possession of the top spot with a 71-50 romp over host Menlo School. The Panthers (5-0, 12-2) pulled away from a four-point lead after one quarter by outscoring the Knights (3-1, 11-4) by 39-21 over the second and third periods.

Freshman Stella Kailahi had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Pinewood with junior Chloe Eackles also scoring 15 points. Sophomore Akayla Hackson produced 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals while freshman Brianna Claros had a season-high 10 points.

Pinewood, which went into the game ranked No. 11 in the state and No. 21 in the nation, faces state-ranked No. 8 Carondelet on Saturday in the Corner Bakery Showcase at the Bentley School in Lafayette.

In Atherton, host Sacred Heart Prep snapped a six-game losing streak with a 53-40 victory over visiting Castilleja. Junior Riley Hemm tallied 19 points to lead SHP (1-4, 10-7) with teammate Natalie Zimits adding 16. Paige Vermeer paced Castilleja (1-3, 8-7) with 16 points. SHP trailed by 21-20 at the half, but put up 33 second-half points to win comfortably.

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