While most high school students in the area took Monday off for the Martin Luther King holiday, a handful of local basketball teams kept busy and found success.
In San Francisco, the Menlo School girls won for the 10th time in 11 games with a 53-44 nonleague victory over Palo Alto in the MLK Showcase at City College of San Francisco.
Kenzie Duffner then scored nine of her 12 points in the third period as Menlo took a seven-point lead into the final period.
Hannah Paye led the Knights with 14 points with Olivia Pellarin and Erin Dunn each grabbing eight rebounds. Duffner and De'Jeane Stine (four steals) sparked the defensive effort.
Alexa Harris had nine of her team-high 13 points in the opening quarter, but the Vikings converted just five of 21 from the free-throw line. Menlo also shot poorly from the charity stripe (13 of 25), but Pellarin and Duffner each made key free throws in the final minutes after Paly had gotten to within four points.
In Stockton, the Pinewood girls won their 10th straight with a 63-56 over Bishop Alemany in the MLK Showcase at St. Mary's High. Junior Akayla Hackson led the Panthers (12-2) with 15 points and senior Chloe Eackles added 13.
In Pacifica, the Priory girls got a combined 44 points from sophomore Tatiana Reese and freshman Ila Lane in a 54-43 victory over Hillsdale in the MLK Showcase at Terra Nova High. Hillsdale (8-8) came into the game in a three-way tie for first place in the PAL South Division.
Lane led the Panthers (8-5) with 23 points and 10 rebounds while hitting nine of 16 field goals. Reese added 21 points and 11 boards with four assists. Kara Reiss pulled down eight rebounds for Priory.
Also in Pacifica, Gunn defeated Kennedy of Sacramento, 42-34. The Titans (10-5) got 17 points and nine rebounds from Archer Olson and 10 points from Georgia Hake and Chloe Gong.
Menlo-Atherton won its fifth straight with a 70-47 victory over visiting Carlmont. The Bears (13-2) used a balanced scoring effort as six players scored at least eight points in the win.
Castlemont took an early lead, but the Bears raced back to take a 15-10 first-quarter lead and widened the gap to 3718 at halftime. The teams played fairly evenly in the second half, but Castlemont couldn't overcome the large halftime deficit.
Raymond Fowler led the Bears with 12 points and four boards. Christian Fioretti had 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Blake Henry chipped in 10 points and six boards, Lucas Fioretti had nine points and six steals with Eric Norton adding nine points and five rebounds and Kai Winterling scoring eight points.