In a match-up made for March, the Menlo-Atherton High girls' basketball team survived a possible game-tying shot at the buzzer to eke past host Priory, 48-45, in a CCS Sportsmanship game on Monday night.
Stella Kailahi scored nine of her 11 points in the second half, including a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining to play that gave the Bears a three-point edge and set up Tatiana Reese's 3-point attempt that came agonizingly close to sending the game into overtime.
Reese, who finished with nine points, made a pair of 3-pointers during the contest to keep the Panthers within striking distance of M-A, which like Priory, reached the state regional semifinals last year. The Bears played Division I and the Panthers played Division V.
M-A junior Greer Hoyem led all scorers with 21 points,15 in the first half. She helped the Bears overcome an early deficit.
Priory freshman Dominique Robson made a good first impression, matching Ila Lane with 12 points, all on 3-pointers. The Panthers made eight 3-pointers in all, with Gabby Ruiz and Lala Niu also adding long-range shots.
Priory hosts Oceana in a nonleague game next Wednesday at 6 p.m. while Menlo-Atherton plays at the Cardinal Newman Classic on Dec. 2, where it faces nationally ranked St. Mary’s of Stockton at 8:30 pm.