Palo Alto, Pinewood use long-range shooting to earn wins


It was raining 3-pointers Monday night on both sides of the bay thanks to the Palo Alto and Pinewood girls basketball teams.

The Vikings made 15 3-pointers and topped host Foothill, 73-60, in Pleasanton in a nonleague contest. The Panthers sank 14 long-range shots en route to an 81-21 victory over Westmoor in the first round of the Jim Soden tournament at Terra Nova.

Menlo School, which has its own set of 3-point shooters, also won Monday, beating Soquel, 52-48, in the first round of the Steve Geramoni Invitational at Notre Dame in Belmont.

Carly Leong led Palo Alto (3-1) with 21 points, Julie Chandler and Lauren Koyama each added 14 points for the Vikings, who play at Leigh on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Hannah Jump was 5-of-7 from 3-point range for Pinewood, scoring a game-high 17 points. Akayla Hackson made three of her four long-range shots and finished with 14 points to go with 10 rebounds.

Mikaela Topper played an efficient game, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds and five assists. Brianna Claros added 10 points and five assists.

The Panthers (5-2) are scheduled to play Monte Vista Christian at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Sam Erisman scored 23 points to help Menlo (4-1) win the battle of the Knights. It's her third straight 20-plus game. The Knights play Tuesday in the winner's bracket.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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