The Sacred Heart Prep girls basketball team turned in a strong performance Friday with a 52-29 win over host Mills in the championship game of the Kelly Shea Gallo Tournament.
"It was a great defensive effort,'' first-year coach Kai Bell said. "I'm real proud.''
Mills went into the game 4-0 and was playing on its home floor, trying to win its own tournament.
"Denise Stine absolutely led our defense,'' Bell said. "She was the point person on the ball. She must have forced five or six travel calls. Fantastic ball pressure.''
SHP (3-1) led 21-10 at halftime and broke the game open with a 20-7 third quarter.
"This was the first time we saw a team playing zone the whole game,'' Bell said. "We were more patient in the second half and were able to score inside.''
The Gators were balanced on offense. Megan Norris scored 11, Grace Florendo had 10, Stine and Kennedy Anderson eight apiece and Charlotte Levison scored seven.
After losing the season opener at Lynbrook (3-0) the Gators won three games in three nights at Mills.
"It's all about progress for us,'' Bell said. "I've thrown a lot of new stuff at the girls. It feels real good. The exciting thing is where it takes us from here.''
SHP plays Castilleja in the opening round of the King's Academy Tournament at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Eastside Prep edged Lincoln San Francisco 46-43 to capture the consolation title at the Mills tournament. The Panthers (2-2) host Menlo-Atherton at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Pinewood topped Clovis 60-54 in Friday's opening game of the Miramonte Showcase. The Panthers (1-0) meet California at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Jai Deshpande scored 20 points and Sacred Heart Prep beat KIPP San Francisco 77-34 in the consolation bracket of the Crusader Classic on Friday night.
Charlie Selna added 14 points for the Gators (1-1), who will play for fifth-place on Saturday afternoon. Aidan Braccia and Emmer Nichols each added 10 points.
Menlo opened its season on the road, losing to WCAL powerhouse Mitty 72-41 on Friday night.
The Knights trailed 25-16 at the half before the Monarchs pulled away with a 31-9 third quarter.
Senior Cole Kastner led the Knights with 20 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Garret Keyhani contributed 11 points.
Menlo plays Half Moon Bay to open the Burlingame Tournament at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
At the Redwood Classic in Boonville, Zach Zafran was named Player of the Game for helping Priory beat Hoopa Valley 77-23 in the winner's bracket on Friday. The Panthers (3-0) meet Stuart Hall at noon Saturday in the tournament semifinal.
Pinewood also won its consolation game in Boonville on Friday, beating Laytonville 73-29. The Panthers (2-1) play again Saturday.
Christian Corcoran scored in the 61st minute to lead Menlo past host Burlingame 1-0 in a non-league game Friday.
Adam Kasser was credited with the shutout for the Knights (2-0), who play Aragon at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.