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Priory boys give Pinewood the 'Axe' in WBAL basketball

Pinewood won the WBAL Foothill Division title. Photo tweeted by Pinewood.

Ashton Axe hit a layup late in the fourth quarter to push host Priory past Pinewood 39-38 in a West Bay Athletic League boys basketball contest Thursday.

Axe and Zach Zafran each scored 10 points for Priory (17-6, 10-3), which travels to play Sacred Heart Prep in the regular season finale at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Castilleja's Naomi Poe
Axe's layup wrote the finish to a wild game, in which Pinewood carried a nine-point edge into the final quarter, scoring 18 points in the third quarter after trailing 19-15 at halftime.

Priory made eight 3-pointers, two each by Zafran, Axe and senior Bobby Barbagelata. Pinewood (1-12, 3-10) hosts Eastside Prep in its finale at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

In a Private Schools Athletic League contest, Mid-Peninsula fell to host KIPP San Jose Collegiate 61-53. The Dragons (13-7, 8-4) meet host Pacific Bay Christian (22-2) in the quarterfinals of the PSAL tournament at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Girls basketball

Pinewood beat visiting Eastside Prep 76-31 on Thursday to complete its WBAL season atop the Foothill Division standings. Pinewood (21-2, 9-1) hosts NorCal powerhouse Miramonte (21-4) in a non-league contest at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Anna Devitis scored 17 points and Castilleja beat host Crystal Springs Uplands 45-17 in a WBAL Skyline Division contest. The Gators (8-14, 5-6) host Harker in the regular season finale at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Girls soccer

Sacred Heart Prep topped host Priory 3-0 in its regular season finale on Thursday. The Gators (7-6-6, 6-3-1) opened the season 1-4-5 and in danger of not being able to defend its Central Coast Section Division IV title but have gone 6-2-1 over their past nine games to qualify for the postseason.

With the Priory loss, Mercy Burlingame clinched the fourth spot in the WBAL Foothill Division and will play at Skyline Division champion Harker on Wednesday to determine the final slot into the CCS, which hosts the seeding meeting on Thursday night.

Foothill Division champion Notre Dame Belmont, defending CCS Division II champs, travels to play Menlo School at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the regular season finale. Menlo, the defending CCS Division I champion, has already clinched second place.

Woodside and Menlo-Atherton played to a 2-2 tie in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division finale Thursday. The result helped the Bears (7-7-5, 5-4-3) chances to make the CCS tournament while costing Woodside (13-5-2, 8-2-2) the title. Carlmont beat Sequoia 2-1 to capture the league crown.

The Wildcats, who reached the semifinals of last year's CCS Division III tournament, can still make a strong case for the Open Division, having played a tough schedule that included Mitty and a sp[lilt with Carlmont.

Boys soccer

The King's Academy beat Eastside Prep 5-0.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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