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Palo Alto girls are off to a 4-0 start in soccer

 

The Palo Alto girls remained perfect after four matches following a 4-0 nonleague soccer victory over visiting Gunn on Thursday evening. The Vikings improved to 4-0 and now have outscored the opposition 16-2.

Junior Reilly Filter provided the winning goal in the first half off an assist from Bella Bonomi. Senior Jacey Pederson started off a three-goal second half by Paly with a goal assisted by Bonomi. Filter scored her second goal, assisted by Pederson, before sophomore Ally Scheve finished off the scoring with an assist from Lauola Amanoni.

Paly will play host to San Benito on Saturday at noon before heading off for winter break. The Vikings will open the SCVAL De Anza Division season on Jan. 6 against visiting Los Gatos.

In other matches Thursday, Castilleja (1-3-1) dropped a 1-0 nonleague decision to host Burlingame, Pinewood fell to host Terra Nova, 3-1, and Priory edged host San Mateo, 1-0.

Boys soccer

Palo Alto remained undefeated after rolling to a 5-0 victory over host Westmont in the second round of the Oak Grove Tournament on Thursday in Campbell.

The Vikings (3-0) got the eventual winning goal in the first half when Cole Tierney scored off an assist from fellow senior Roberto Sotelo in the seventh minute.

The game began to break open after junior Michel-Ange Siaba scored at the 15:00 mark in the second half off an assist from Tierney. Senior Allesandro Reale put the match away 15 minutes later when he scored an unassisted goal, then tallied again three minutes after that on an assist from senior Dami Bolarinwa. Senior Ariya Momeny finished things off with an unassisted goal at the 38:00 mark.

Elsewhere, Lynbrook handed Priory a 4-1 loss.

Girls basketball

Castilleja senior guard Ellie Chen scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Gators to a 44-41 win over Hillsdale in Thursday's opening round of the Kings Academy Holiday Tournament in Sunnyvale.

Chen was 5 of 7 from beyond the arc en route to 19 first-half points. Junior Cate Alder added five points as Castilleja (3-2) took a 26-20 halftime lead. Hillsdale, last year's CCS Division III runner-up team, rallied in the third quarter for a 33-29 lead.

The Gators' defense then held the Knights in check, freshmen Claire Pisani and Katie Fearon made clutch baskets down the stretch, and last-minute free throws by Chen and Alder sealed the win. Chen had eight rebounds to go with her 25 points, Alder finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, and five blocks, and freshman Anika Adzich grabbed seven rebounds.

In another first-round game at the King's Academy tourney, Sacred Heart Prep (3-0) outscored Aragon in the second half, 34-18, on the way to a 61-35 triumph. Riley Hemm had four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points for the Gators with Grace Battles adding 13. Ma'ata Makoni and Tatum Angotti each contributed 10 points for SHP.

In Pleasanton, Palo Alto trailed most of the game but still rallied for a 59-54 nonleague victory over host Foothill.

With under two minutes left and down by one, Paly's Julie Chandler hit both foul shots of a 1 and 1 to take the lead. The Vikings (4-1) called time after getting a a stop on Foothill's next possession. After the time out, Maddy Atwater passed to Lauren Koyama coming off a double screen for a 3-pointer to put Paly up four with under a minute to play. Paly then hit its foul shots and came out with the come-from-behind victory as Koyama led the way with 17 points.

With 6-foot-3 Alexis Harris out with a knee injury, Skyler Burris, Coco Lovely, Maya Lahti and Chandler picked up the slack defensively.

In Redwood City, Menlo School grabbed a 22-8 first-quarter lead and coasted to a 70-28 nonleague victory over host Sequoia. The Knights (4-1) were led in scoring by Sam Erisman, who had 22 points. Angel Okoro also chipped in with a career-high nine points while De'Jeane Stine once again was the standout defender with four steals and four rebounds.

In San Jose, Menlo-Atherton lost to host Presentation, 55-44, as the Bears struggled with the Panthers' quick defense and relentless press early in the game.

Presentation jumped out to a 16-point lead midway through the second quarter with Megan Jaeb driving to the basket while Sharon Rolden hit 3-pointers. In the third quarter, the Bears (3-2) rallied back to within two points as Greer Hoyem scored nine of her game-high 21 points. In the fourth quarter, however, the Panthers made their free throws and put the game away.

In Oakland, sophomore Alayah Bell tossed in 23 points and Eastside Prep rolled to a 56-30 victory over Redwood in the opening round of the Paris Twins Classic at Piedmont High. Sophomore Kayla Tahaafe added 14 points and freshman Zion Gabriel finished with nine for the Panthers (4-1).

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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