Freshman Thea Enache scored 10 of her season-high 17 points in a pivotal second quarter that saw the Palo Alto girls basketball team overwhelm host Mountain View en route to a 59-18 Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division victory on Monday night.
Enache helped the Vikings (10-2, 2-0) outscore the Spartans 26-2 in the second period, and Palo Alto took a 37-5 halftime lead.
"It's the best defensive effort of the season," Paly coach Scott Peters said. "Defense was the key as Paly held Mountain View's two top offensive weapons scoreless."
The two Spartans entered the game averaging a combined 21.3 points per game.
Viking sophomore Annika Shah scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half and did not play the majority of the second half.
Enache's effort is exactly what Peters has been looking for this year: a complementary scorer for Shah, who entered the game averaging over 26 points a game.
There are other players capable of reaching double figures, which would help the Vikings moving forward. Paly is the two-time defending SCVAL De Anza Division champion.
The Vikings have an important league contest Wednesday, when they travel to play Cupertino (9-5, 2-0) at 7 p.m.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn lost to host Monta Vista, 47-42. The Titans (2-11, 0-2) host Homestead at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The game will be live streamed (and be available on demand later) at www.nfhsnetwork.com.