Prep basketball: M-A girls, boys are both on a roll

Nell Fahey helped the Bears beat Burlingame on Wednesday. Photo by Bob Dahlberg.

Junior Linnea Lindblom scored 19 points and Menlo-Atherton defeated visiting Burlingame 46-33 in a Peninsula Athletic League South Division game Wednesday.

Malia Latu added 12 points for the Bears (12-10, 7-3), who will complete its game at Mills from a suspended game (due to a leaky roof) earlier in the season. It's become an important game for the top five teams in the league as far as qualifying for the PAL tournament.

Only the top two teams from each division make the playoffs, which will take place at Sequoia on Monday and Tuesday.

The winner of Thursday's game at Mills (6 p.m.) will be in a third-place tie with Carlmont, one game behind Aragon and two games behind Sequoia. M-A is ahead by eight points in the third quarter.

In Friday's regular-season finales, Aragon plays at Hillsdale, Capuchino is at Mills and Carlmont goes to Sequoia, all at 6:15 p.m. M-A hosts Woodside, also at 6:15 p.m.

Sequoia beat Mills, 54-31, and Aragon knocked off Carlmont, 52-40. Sequoia has already clinched its spot in the tournament. Aragon can do so with a win over the Knights. Should Hillsdale upset Aragon and Carlmont beat Sequoia, there's a chance at a four-way tie for second.

The Bears did their part against the Panthers, using a 15-0 run spanning the first and second quarters to pull away. Lindblom scored five points and Latu added two during the run. Oron Estes and Erica each hit a 3-pointer and Alyssa Faberowski also scored.

Woodside claimed its first PAL victory, beating Hillsdale 44-23 on Wednesday. The Wildcats (10-9, 1-10) led 24-12 at halftime.

Boys basketball

Menlo-Atherton more than doubled up host Burlingame in the first quarter and then sloshed its way to a 67-55 PAL victory Wednesday.

The Bears (20-3, 11-0) look to finish the league season unbeaten when they host Woodside (6-17, 1-10) at 7:45 p.m. on Friday.

The Wildcats lost to Hillsdale, 69-43.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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