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Pinewood girls improve to 2-0 at Miramonte Showcase

Firebird girls soccer Classic gets underway at various sites

The Pinewood girls basketball team showed it has plenty of weapons remaining after its two biggest scorers graduated to Division I schools.

The two-time defending Northern California Open Division champions opened the season with a pair of victories at the Miramonte Showcase over the weekend, beating Clovis 60-54 on Friday and then downing California San Ramon 71-31 on Saturday.

Junior Una Jovanovic, who missed most of last season with an injury, scored 20 points against California on 8 of 12 shooting, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. She had 13 points against Clovis, which entered the game with a 3-0 record.

Jovanovic is shooting just under 61% through two games, including 45% from long range.

Junior Courtni Thompson also scored 13 against Clovis and added six rebounds, matching junior Maia Garcia for the team lead. Thompson, a top defender, has also produced seven assists in two games.

Junior point guard Annika Decker netted 10 points and five assists against California after a two-point, eight-assist effort against Clovis.

Freshman Chlea Facelo seems to have taken over the role of 3-point specialist, having made three in each of her first two games. She's taken 15 shots but only one inside the 3-point line. She's shooting 43% from long range.

Pinewood (2-0) hosts Alameda (4-0) at 8 p.m. Tuesday in its home opener. Alameda returns 10 players from a team that went 16-12 last year and whose season was ended in the North Coast Section tournament by eventual state Division I runner-up Bishop O'Dowd.

At the Jim Soden tournament in Pacifica, Priory beat host Terra Nova 69-7 in the third-place contest. The Panthers (2-1) lost 50-47 in the semifinals to Moreau Catholic.

Priory opens the Santa Clara High Tip Off against Dixon (3-2) at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Boys basketball

Senior Jai Deshpande scored 18 points as Sacred Heart Prep bounced back from a tough first-round loss to beat Berkeley 67-59 and capture the consolation championship of the Crusader Classic at Riordan High in San Francisco on Saturday.

Deshpande scored 51 points in the three games and was named to the all-tournament team.

Aidan Braccia added 17 points, including 12 on four 3-pointers. Charlie Selna added 14 points.

Sophomore Emmer Nichols (6-5, 210) leads the Gators (2-1) in rebounding, averaging over seven a game. He had a double-double in SHP's win over KIPP San Francisco Collegiate on Friday night.

Braccia, also a sophomore, had a solid tournament, averaging 13.3 points, about six rebounds and three assists per contest.

Selna, a 6-7 senior, is SHP's second-leading scorer after Deshpande and reached double figures in all three games at Riordan. He's averaging about six rebounds a game.

Sacred Heart Prep travels to Mountain View for a non-league game at 7 p.m. Tuesday before hosting St. Ignatius in its home opener on Friday at 7 p.m.

At the Redwood Classic in Boonville, Priory beat Argonaut 50-42 in the third-place contest on Saturday night after losing its first game of the season earlier in the day, 58-35, to defending tournament champion Stuart Hall.

The Panthers (4-1) host Design Tech at 6 p.m. Monday in a non-league game.

Girls soccer

Menlo School and Homestead played to a scoreless draw on Saturday morning at the Firebird Classic in Sunnyvale.

Priory dropped a 2-0 decision to Christopher in the same tournament.

Gunn and Sacred Heart Prep tied 1-1 Saturday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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