Prep hoops: M-A boys, Palo Alto girls clinch league titles

Oron Estes helped Menlo-Atherton beat Woodside on Friday night. Photo by Bob Dahlberg.

No one scored more than nine points in Menlo-Atherton's 72-27 victory over visiting Woodside on Friday night. Everybody saw action on Senior Night as the Bears (21-3, 12-0) finished an undefeated Peninsula Athletic League South Division season.

M-A turns its attention to the PAL playoffs that begin Monday at Sequoia. The Bears meet Terra Nova (16-8, 8-4) at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers needed a win over Half Moon Bay on Friday to clinch their spot in the playoffs.

Ellie Jeffries/David Hickey
South Division runner-up Carlmont (20-4, 10-2) plays North Division champion Jefferson (17-7, 11-1) at 4:30 p.m. The Scots have lost to one Central Coast Section team and that was M-A. Jefferson enters the playoffs on an eight-game winning streak.

On the girls side, host Sequoia (20-4, 11-1) opens the playoffs at 3 p.m. against Terra Nova (13-11, 9-3), which lost its last two regular-season games. Sequoia has won six straight.

Aragon (14-11, 10-2) takes on North champion South San Francisco (17-7, 12-0) at 6 p.m.

The girls semifinal; winners meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the boys championship game at 7:45 p.m.

The Menlo-Atherton girls won their final five games, including Friday night's 53-33 win over visiting Woodside. The Bears (14-10, 9-3) finished third in the PAL South Division.

The M-A girls celebrate two seniors while the boys honored seven. All nine players scored over the course of the evening. In fact, 14 of the 15 players on M-A boys' roster reached the scoring column.

Senior Erica Fischer led the Bears with 13 points on four 3-pointers and a free throw. Fellow senior Oron Estes hit a pair of 3-pointers.

Nicolette Yeh and Malia Latu combined for another 18 points for the Bears, who will find out where, when and who they play in the CCS playoffs during Wednesday's seeding meeting.

The seven male seniors combined for 20 points. Sophomore Spencer Lin and junior Trevor Wargo each netted nine points to lead the Bears, who will likely end up in the CCS Open Division.

Santa Clara Valley Athletic League

The Palo Alto boys have won four straight, including a victory over current De Anza Division leader Mountain View, and are tied for second with Cupertino, a game behind the Spartans.

The Vikings beat host Los Altos 56-46 on Friday night with Marvin Zou scoring 17 points and Wes Walters adding 14.

Palo Alto (14-9, 8-3) completes the regular season Tuesday at home against rival Gunn (7-15, 1-10) at 7 p.m. The Titans fell to host Mountain View, 48-36.

The Palo Alto girls clinched their third consecutive De Anza Division title and the fourth in five years, beating host Wilcox, 61-51.

The Vikings (19-3, 11-0), who host Saratoga on Monday at 7 p.m., are also a candidate for the Open Division. They feature three seniors, with Ellie Jeffries the lone four-year player. Paly is a combined 43-4 in league play over the past four years. Lauren Daniel and Esme Stotland are also seniors.

Carly Martin scored 23 points, had seven rebounds and five assists in helping the Vikings beat Wilcox. Annika Shah added 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Ilayda Turgut grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds while Jeffries added seven boards and four assists.

In the El Camino Division, Gunn lost to Lynbrook 56-23. The Titans (3-19, 1-10) finish the season at Fremont on Monday at 7 p.m.

West Bay Athletic League

The Eastside Prep boys clinched at least a tie for the league title with a victory over Pinewood on Friday. The Panthers (15-7, 12-1) complete the season with a 6 p.m. game Tuesday at Sacred Heart Prep (13-10, 10-3).

SHP topped Priory (8-15, 3-10) 63-41 as Ryan von Thaden scored 14 points and Yianni Gardner added 12.

Zach Zafran led Priory, which has no seniors, with 14 points. David Ajanaku-Makun added 12. The Panthers host Crystal Springs Uplands at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Menlo (15-8, 9-4) beat the host Gryphons 54-21 on Friday and will travel to play second-place The King's Academy (16-7, 11-2) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Harker lost to TKA 66-49 and hosts Pinewood (10-13, 2-11) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

On the girls side, Priory (12-11, 5-6) beat visiting Notre Dame San Jose 64-27 and travels to play Menlo at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Private Schools Athletic League

The Mid-Peninsula boys edged host Design Tech 37-36 at Oracle Gym in Redwood Shores. Matt Ward scored 17 points to lead the Dragons (5-14, 4-8), who travel to play Nueva at 6:45 p.m. Monday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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