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SHP, Menlo boys win to set up Friday's hoops showdown

Palo Alto girls overcome 8-point deficit in final 3:13 to beat Saratoga

Cole Kastner scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds in Menlo's victory over Eastside Prep. Photo by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics.

Sacred Heart Prep beat visiting Pinewood 59-38 and Menlo School topped host Eastside Prep 60-44 to set up Friday's showdown between the last two remaining undefeated teams in West Bay Athletic League boys basketball play.

Both teams enter Friday's 7:30 p.m. contest at Sacred Heart Prep on a four-game winning streak. Both girls teams are also unbeaten in league play. They meet at 6 p.m., also at SHP.


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Jai Deshpande scored 13 points and both Aidan Braccia, who hit three 3-pointers, and Charlie Selna, who has recorded double-digits in rebounding in seven of his previous eight games, added 11 points as SHP (9-2, 4-0) broke the game open against Pinewood with a 25-point second quarter.

Junior Keaton Bailey led Pinewood with 17 points. Fellow junior Rei Friera scored nine.

Against Eastside, senior Cole Kastner led Menlo with 25 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. Junior Davis Mead, who hit a pair of 3-pointers, added 12 points. Justin Sellers had eight points and three assists.

Raymond Reece led Eastside with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Van White added 11 and David Chivers had 10.

"We weren't quite prepared (in the first half), so we talked," Menlo coach Keith Larsen said. "We challenged the boys to play better and it's one of those things where I know my guys and I know what they can take, and sometimes they need a little love. Chris Cook did a great job in the middle."

In the Private Schools Athletic League Central Division, Kehillah senior Yotam Saban recorded a triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots but the Rams fell to visiting Summit Prep 50-48 on Tuesday.

Saban recorded his second 10-block game of the season, also doing it in a loss to The Nueva School a week ago. He also recorded 10 rebounds but was held to four points.

Girls basketball

Carly Martin scored eight of her 17 points over the final 3:13 and Palo Alto scored 12 consecutive points to edge visiting Saratoga 35-33 in a SCVAL De Anza Division contest Tuesday.

Freshman Delaney Ball stole an errant pass and scored with less than 20 seconds remaining to put Paly (8-4, 3-0) in the lead. Martin, who was 5-of-9 shooting, which included a pair of 3-pointers, completed the 12-point run with a pair of free throws to make it 35-31. Ilayda Turgut, who had a team-high eight rebounds, scored on a layup to spark the rally.

Palo Alto travels to play Wilcox at 6:15 p.m. Friday night and then plays crosstown rival Gunn on Saturday in a non-league game as part of a doubleheader with the boys that serves as a fund raiser for the Gunn Foundation and Palo Alto's Rise Together Education.

Maria Garcia scored 15 points and had 11 rebounds in Pinewood's 65-25 victory over visiting Notre Dame Belmont.

Valentina Saric hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points for Pinewood (11-1, 1-1), which hosts Priory at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Denise Stine scored 14 points to lead Sacred Heart Prep past Eastside Prep 65-41 in a WBAL game on Tuesday.

Grace Florendo sank three 3-pointers and scored 11 points and both Carolina Barclay and Megan Norris added 10 points.

DeDe Franklin scored 15 points and Alana Balocating had 10 for Eastside Prep, which travels to Notre Dame for a game at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Belmont.

In PSAL action, senior Caroline Kramer scored 17 points to lead host Kehillah past Summit Prep 41-28. Chloe Jedwood added 13 points and blocked six shots. Naomi Spritzer and Yaara Bar each had 10 rebounds.

Girls soccer

Senior Carly Retterer recorded a hat trick and added an assist and Menlo beat host The King's Academy 5-0 in a West Bay Athletic League opener on Tuesday.

Menlo juniors Siena Gavin and Julia Deffner also scored for Menlo (2-3-4 overall). Tabitha Corcoran, Gabby Kogler and Sidney Peña also contributed assists.

Freshman Samantha Sellers stopped three shots for the shutout as Menlo outshot TKA 23-3.

In other WBAL matches Tuesday, Notre Dame-Belmont edged host Sacred Heart Prep 3-2 and Mercy-Burlingame topped host Priory 5-0.

Menlo travels to play Priory at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Portola Valley and SHP meets Mercy in a 2:45 p.m. match Thursday at Skyline College in San Bruno.

In another WBAL contest, Sacred Heart Prep dropped a hotly-contested 3-2 decision to visiting Norte Dame Belmont.

Senior Ella Sheehan and freshman Sydney Adas scored for the Gators. Senior Isabella Jordan assisted on both goals.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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