Menlo girls open basketball tourney with a victory


With junior Sam Erisman pouring in 23 points, the Menlo School girls jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 61-41 victory over Lincoln (SF) in the opening round of the Steve Geramoni Old School Basketball Tournament on Monday at Notre Dame-Belmont.

The Knights (4-2) grabbed a 30-17 halftime lead and maintained a solid lead after intermission with senior Hannah Paye adding 16 points and sophomore Mallory North pulling down 10 rebounds.

Menlo will play on Tuesday at 6 p.m., facing either Moreau Catholic or Hillsdale.

Elsewhere on Tuesday night, Menlo-Atherton (5-2) will host Homestead in nonleague action at 7 p.m.

In boys' basketball action Monday:

Gunn improved to 7-0 and closed its preseason schedule at home with a 67-54 nonleague win over Santa Teresa. The Titans were coming off a sweep and tourney title in the Panther Invitational last week at Prospect High.

Senior forward Alex Gil-Fernandez led the Titans in scoring with 21 points while Jeff Lee-Heidenreich added 15 and Jonathan Davis 11. Josh Radin sparked the defense with nine steals. Gunn is off to its best start in at least 10 years.

While the Titans were playing in their new gym, rival Palo Alto was just a few steps away in the school's Bow Gym, and defeating Amador Valley by 59-53.

Junior guard Miles Tention knocked down five treys and finished with 23 points to spark the Vikings, who jumped to a 21-16 first-quarter lead and made it 38-28 by halftime.

Paly tallied just nine points in the third period, but held Amador Valley to three field goals in the final period to post the solid nonleague triumph.

Junior guard Jack Simison added 13 points and senior Justin Hull finished with 10 for Paly, which committed just eight turnovers and made six more free throws -- the margin of victory.

While Gunn is now off until January 6, Palo Alto will compete in the Joe Schram Holiday Basketball Classic starting Monday at St. Francis High. The Vikings will open against San Ramon Valley at 4:30 p.m.

Other teams in the tournament include Rocklin, Encinal, Leigh, Mountain View, Davis and host St. Francis.

For the first time ever, a girls' tournament will be held at the same time. Pinewood (4-2) and Palo Alto (5-2) are in the eight-team field. Pinewood opens Monday against Rocklin at 4:30 p.m. with Palo Alto taking on North Salinas at 7:45 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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