Prep report: Paly girls roll to a SCVAL basketball victory

Menlo-Atherton beat Hillsdale on Wednesday, setting up an early crucial with Carlmont on Friday. Photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey.

Elif Turgut and Carly Martin, both members of the sophomore class at Palo Alto High, each scored 15 points to lead the Vikings past host Cupertino, 56-44, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest on Wednesday night.

Turgut and Martin may not make anyone forget about soph sensation Annika Shah, who was limited to a season low nine points, but they play an important role for the Vikings (11-2, 3-0) by showing this is far from a one-woman show.

Illayda Turget, also a sophomore, added four points. Seniors Ellie Jeffries, Alana Abeyta and Lauren Daniel combined for another 11 points and freshman Thea Enache, who had a big scoring game in Monday's win over Mountain View, also contributed a couple of points.

Shah was held scoreless in the first quarter. It was no big deal for the rest of the team, which rolled to a 10-3 lead after eight minutes. Paly's first two baskets of the game were a 3-pointer from Martin and a 3-pointer from Turgut.

Paly recorded four of its nine 3-pointers in the second quarter, with Turgut nailing a pair and Jefferies and Daniel also hitting. The Pioneers ventured into better offensive territory but they fell further behind as Palo Alto won its ninth straight game.

The Vikings host Los Gatos (9-4, 2-0) on Friday at 6:15 p.m. in another test for early divisional dominance. The Wildcats have won three straight, including a 38-36 win over Mountain View on Wednesday.

The nationally-ranked Pinewood girls fell to host Carondelet, 67-59, in a nonleague game Wednesday in Concord.

Hannah Jump scored 21 points to lead Pinewood, which went 3 of 22 from 3-point range. Klara Astrom added 13 points. Jump and Astrom each had six rebounds.

The Panthers led, 21-20, early in the second quarter before the Cougars (13-2) went on a 14-2 run to take control.

Pinewood (12-1) travels to San Jose for a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division game against Notre Dame.

In the Peninsula Athletic League, Woodside (9-2, 0-2) lost at Aragon, 59-23, and looks to recover Friday at Sequoia at 6:30 p.m.

Boys basketball

Menlo-Atherton has two big games this weekend, hosting Carlmont in a Peninsula Athletic League game Friday at 7:45 p.m. and then playing at Menlo in a nonleague game between league leaders on Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Bears hardly overlooked visiting Hillsdale on Wednesday night, beating the Knights 60-31 as James Beckwith scored 15 points. Ten other players reached the scoring column for M-A (9-3, 2-0), which employed a smothering defense to help overcome an early deficit.

The Bears scored 13 straight points to obliterate Hillsdale's 5-2 edge in the early going. Four different players scored during the run: Beckwith, Skylar Thomas, Justin Anderson and Trevor Wargo, who had two of the Bears' seven 3-pointers in the game.

In another PAL contest, Woodside (5-9, 0-2) fell to Aragon, 71-56, and will meet host Sequoia at 7:45 p.m. Friday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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