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Pinewood girls clinch WBAL basketball title


The Pinewood girls basketball team downed visiting Sacred Heart Prep 56-42 to clinch the outright West Bay Athletic League title with one game remaining. The Panthers are 8-1, followed by both Menlo and SHP at 6-3.

Junior Courtni Thompson returned to the lineup for the Panthers, giving them a boost with 11 points and six rebounds. Annika Decker added 15 points and five assists. Maia Garcia had eight points and nine rebounds.

Menlo defeated visiting Eastside 55-20 in another WBAL contest Tuesday night.

Senior Maeia Makoni finished with 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Knights (18-5, 6-3), who travels to play Notre Dame in Belmont at 5:15 p.m. Friday.

Sophomore Sharon Nejad had 13 points and six rebounds while junior Avery Lee had eight points and four assists. Juniors Coco Layton also had eight points as nine players scored for the Knights. Danielle McNair added three assists

Senior DeDe Franklin led Eastside with 11 points.

Priory topped visiting Notre Dame Belmont as five players reached double figures in scoring: Sydney Donovan with 14 points, Dominique Robson with 12, Bineta Diatta with 13, Annabelle North with 11 and Aniyah Augmon with 15.

Sammy Wong scored 24 points, including six 3-pointers, and host Castilleja downed Mercy San Francisco 61-55 in overtime in a WBAL El Camino Division contest.

Natalie Chen added 19 points for the Gators (7-14, 4-6), who host Harker at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Boys basketball

Menlo beat visiting Eastside College Prep 80-57.

Menlo (18-3, 11-1) has two games remaining against Harker and Crystal Springs, and stays tied atop the West Bay Athletic League with Sacred Heart Prep (11-1 with two games remaining against Pinewood and Priory).

Cole Kastner and Max Huber combined for 29 points to lead 12 scorers. Junior Chris Cook added 11 points.

Eastside's Raymond Reece scored a game-high 21.

Menlo also presented Kastner with a game ball after he scored his 1,000th career point earlier this season.

Ashaan Dann scored 15 points and Mid-Peninsula topped Downtown College Prep San Jose 70-35 in a Private Schools Athletic League contest.

Andries Castellano had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Dragons (13-6, 8-3), who end their regular season with a 5:30 p.m. game against KIPP San Jose Collegiate on Thursday.

Noah Takatsuno added 13 points and Sebastian Strachan had 11 for Mid-Peninsula, which earned its first winning season since 2012.

— Palo Alto Sports Online

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