The Palo Alto girls basketball team has lived by the 3-point shot this season.
So it was only fitting Wednesday that the Vikings knocked down 11 3-pointers in a 61-47 SCVAL De Anza Division win over Mountain View at Gunn.
Senior Lauren Koyama, in her fourth year as a starter, got Paly off to a flying start with three first-quarter 3-pointers. She added two more 3-pointers in the second quarter, along with a pair of free throws, for 17 first-half points.
She didn’t score in the second half, but that first-half outburst pushed Koyama over the 1,000-point mark for her career.
Koyama was presented with a basketball inscribed with the numbers 1,000 after the game.
Palo Alto has made 121 3-pointers through its first 12 games. Koyama is the team leader with 42 made 3s in 96 attempts, a 44 percent mark from long range.
“Lauren has shot with a lot of confidence this season,’’ Palo Alto coach Scott Peters said. “And she plays both sides of the ball. She does a lot for us.’’
Koyama is averaging 14.0 points per game this season, right behind backcourt mate and team leader Carly Leong’s 14.8.
Palo Alto (9-3, 3-0) led 35-31 at halftime but opened a 15-point lead with a 19-8 third quarter.
Mountain View (9-4, 1-1) blistered the nets with 14 of 22 shooting in the first half but trailed at the half because only one of its field goals was from behind the 3-point arc, while eight of Palo Alto’s 11 field goals were from 3-point range.
In the third quarter, Palo Alto limited Mountain View to 3 of 12 shooting.
“Mountain View did a good job of breaking our press and getting a lot of easy 2s in the first half,’’ Peters said. “In the second half, we took off the full-court press and went with half-court and three-quarters court pressure. We still wanted to control the pace.’’
Skylar Burris, another fourth-year starter, scored 14 points.
“Skylar does all the little things that don’t show up in the box score,’’ Peters said.
Palo Alto travels to Wilcox for a game Friday at 6:15 p.m.
Also in the De Anza Division, Gunn dropped a heart-breaker, 58-56, to host Homestead.
The Titans (1-2, 7-7) are home Friday, hosting Los Gatos (2-0, 12-1) at 6:15 p.m.
at Menlo-Atherton 75, San Mateo 47
The Bears opened PAL South Division play with a dominant win over San Mateo.
M-A had 10 players contribute to its high-powered offense, led by junior forward Greer Hoyem, who finished with 18.
Junior guard Carly McLanahan added 14, including four 3-pointers. Sisters Stella Kailahi and Mele Kailahi continue to make their mark on the program, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, scoring nine and 10 points, respectively, mixing in long-range shots and driving to the basket.
Seniors Ilana Baer and Megan Sparrow led the team’s standout defense, generating offensive opportunities through blocked shots, rebounds, and steals.
The Bears (1-0, 12-1) host Carlmont at 6:15 p.m. Friday.