The second showdown of the basketball season is all set between the Pinewood and Eastside Prep girls after both teams posted solid West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) victories on Friday night.
Pinewood remained in first place with a 78-56 romp over host Notre Dame-San Jose while second place Eastside Prep rolled to a 45-17 victory over host Sacred Heart Prep.
On Tuesday, Eastside Prep (5-1, 15-3) will host Pinewood (7-0, 15-2) in a battle between the Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Should Pinewood repeat its earlier victory over Eastside, coach Doc Scheppler's team will all but wrap up the division title.
Pinewood pulled away to a 40-25 halftime lead against NDSJ and cruised to victory. Junior Chloe Eackles knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 17 points. Sophomore Akayla Hackson and freshman Stella Kailahi each added 11 points. Pinewood made 13 three-pointers.
In Atherton, Eastside Prep limited host Sacred Heart Prep (2-5, 10-8) to just six points in the first half while grabbing a 21-point halftime advantage. Chaccity Cunningham led the way with 13 points with fellow senior Destiny Graham adding 11. SHP had only three players score.
Also in Atherton, host Menlo School got a great all-around game from De'Jeane Stine, who led the Knights to their second win against Castilleja this week, 57-38. Stine ended up with 12 points while Hannah Paye and Kenzie Duffner chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Menlo (5-1, 13-4), which remained tied for second place in the WBAL Foothill Division. Ellie Chen led Castilleja (1-6, 9-10) with 14 points.
In the PAL South Division, Menlo-Atherton remained in a tie for first place following a 55-37 win over host Carlmont. The Bears' Greer Hoyem and Ilana Baer, who led M-A in scoring with 12 points each, combined for 11 first-quarter points as the Bears took a 15-7 lead.
In the second, the Bears welcomed back their leading scorer, Ofa Sili, who missed the prior five games with injury. Sili immediately scored and the Bears blew the game open with a 15-0 run later in the second quarter.
The Scots upped their intensity in the second half to close the gap a bit, with Alyssa Hayes scoring all of her seven points in the fourth quarter. However, the Bears (7-1, 15-5) made key shots and defensive stops to put the game away.
On Wednesday, the Bears travel to face PAL South co-leader Hillsdale in the most-anticipated league game of the year.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto maintained its one-game lead over Mountain View with a 49-34 victory over visiting Wilcox on Friday night. The Vikings improved to 7-0 in league and 17-2 overall, having won 17 of their past 18 games. Skylar Burris, Maddy Atwater and Laurel Koyama all tallied nine points for Paly, which trailed by 13-9 after one quarter but steadily pulled away after that -- topped by a 14-2 advantage in the final period.
In Mountain View, Gunn did its best to knock the Spartans (6-1, 15-4) further behind Palo Alto but came up short in a 57-45 loss.
Olivia Tapia and Archer Olson each had 17 points for the Titans (3-4, 6-8), who trailed by only two points after the opening period.
Palo Alto moved back into a tie for first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division following a 71-56 victory over visiting Wilcox on Friday night. The Vikings (5-2, 14-4) joined Fremont atop the standings after the Firebirds were upended by Homestead, 66-62.
Kevin Mullin had 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists to spark Paly, which made 27 of 53 field goals (51 percent) for the game. Fellow senior Alex Dees added 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting and provided four assists while sophomore Miles Tention finished with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
The De Anza Division standings are very close with Fremont and Paly followed by Los Gatos (4-2) and Homestead (4-3).
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn remained tied for first place with Saratoga following a 55-30 romp over host Mountain View. The Titans (6-1, 12-2) got 19 points from junior Alex Gil-Fernandez and 10 from senior Chris Russell. Gunn grabbed a 34-16 halftime lead.
In the WBAL, Sacred Heart Prep won its ninth straight and held on to first place with an 81-55 victory over visiting Priory. The Gators (8-0, 16-2) pulled away to a 47-25 halftime lead. Junior Mason Randall continued to sparkle offensively with 20 points, which included six 3-pointers, while James McLean added 16, Conner Moses 15 and Corbin Koch 14. Andy Isokpehi paced Priory (3-5, 11-6) with 21 points with junior Scott Harris adding 13.
In Campbell, Menlo School remained two games back of SHP in the WBAL race following a closer-than-expected 49-48 victory over host Harker. The Knights (6-2, 12-5) trailed by 41-36 heading into the final period. Liam Dunn had a career-high 29 points to lead Menlo. The senior tallied 55 points in two games this week.