Menlo-Atherton hoop teams mirror each other's success


The Menlo-Atherton boys and girls are near mirror images of each other in their respective PAL South Division basketball races.

Over the past three games -- all victories by both teams -- the boys have outscored their opponents by 189-109 and the girls have done the same by 190-101.

More important, both M-A squads are 5-0 in league.

The girls (15-2 overall) reduced a three-way tie for first place down to two teams with a 61-38 romp over previous co-leader Mills on Wednesday in Atherton. It was M-A's 12th straight victory.

The Bears led the entire game, pushing their lead to 35 points midway through the fourth quarter. Freshman Mele Kailahi, junior Ofa Sili, sophomore Carly McLanahan and junior Ilana Baer all scored in double figures for the Bears. Sili led the way with 14 points, Kailahi added 13, McLanahan had 12 and Baer 10.

Megan Sparrow added eight points and three steals as M-A limited Mills to 21 points in the first three quarters. M-A standout sophomore post Greer Hoyem, who has been battling illness the past week, didn't start. She played sparingly and didn't score. The Bears, however, had plenty of depth.

Menlo-Atherton, which remains tied with Hillsdale for first place, will host Woodside (1-4) on Friday at 6:15 p.m. The Bears won't face Hillsdale until Feb. 3 at M-A.

The Menlo-Atherton boys, meanwhile, do sit atop the South Division standings all alone following a 60-39 romp over host Mills on Wednesday. The Bears (14-2 overall) lead Burlingame (4-1) by a full game. Those teams meet Feb. 9.

Menlo-Atherton overcame a scrappy Mills team, despite trailing by 12-9 after one period. In the second quarter, M-A's defense clamped down on Mills and the Bears outscored the Vikings, 26-12, to grab a 35-24 halftime lead.

Kai Winterling had 10 second-quarter points on two 3's while Lucas Fioretti added 10 first- half points. In the second half, M-A extended the lead to 52-33 after three quarters and maintained the lead to end the game.

Lucas Fioretti, Kai Winterling and Eric Norton all scored 15 points. Norton added five boards and four steals and Fioretti had three steals. Raymond Fowler finished with five points and seven boards and Christian Fioretti contributed seven assists and five rebounds for the Bears.

Girls basketball

Castilleja defeated Mercy-Burlingame, 47-29, in nonleague action on Wednesday in Palo Alto. The Gators (8-6) raced out to an early 15-point lead as junior Cate Alder swished a trio of 3-pointers.

Castilleja dominated the boards, led by Alder, Anika Adzich and Lindsay Rosston, and the Crusaders never threatened in the second half.

Alder recorded her first double-double, finishing with 15 points, a career-high 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Katie Fearon scored 14 points, including a pair of threes, with five rebounds and four steals. Adzich tallied eight points and eight rebounds, and Rosston totaled a career-high 11 boards.

Boys basketball

Palo Alto fell out of a tie for first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division following a 48-38 loss to host Fremont on Wednesday. The Vikings fell to 3-2 in league (11-5 overall) and now trail both Gunn (3-1, 10-1) and Fremont (3-1, 10-6).

Palo Alto trailed by just 18-16 after one quarter, but Fremont outscored the Vikings by 10-2 in the second period to pull away. Paul Jackson III led the Vikings with 10 points and was the only Paly player in double figures.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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