Junior Aidan Braccia scored 30 points as the Sacred Heart Prep boys basketball team overcame a slow start to beat visiting The King’s Academy, 78-55, in a West Bay Athletic League contest Wednesday.
Senior Harrison Carrington added 25 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer early in the second quarter, for the Gators (2-0), who host Pinewood on Friday night.
Braccia was 13-of-20 from the field (65 percent) and SHP shot 54 percent as a team.
The King’s Academy opened a 24-19 lead after the first quarter but SH Prep roared back in the second quarter and never relinquished the lead after Carrington’s 3-pointer.
TKA was held to 31 points over the final three quarters.
Teddy Purcell, fresh off the gridiron, distributed nine assists and made the only shot he took, a 3-pointer.
Braccia and RJ Stephens shared the team lead, each with seven rebounds. Sachit Sinha added six boards. Carrington blocked a pair of shots.
In another WBAL opener Wednesday, Rostand Olama Abanda scored 15 points to lead Priory past host Pinewood, 78-47.
Four other Priory players reached double figures in the victory. Ashton Axe netted 13, Tayo Sobemehin and David Ajanaku-Makun each had 11 and Zach Zafran scored 10.
Kiki Bailey scored 14 points to lead Pinewood, which travels to play at Sacred Heart Prep on Friday night.
Palo Alto dropped a 47-43 decision to host Los Altos in a SCVAL opener on Wednesday. The Vikings (0-2, 0-1) host the Eagles on Friday night.
John Adrian Dioli and Conor York each drove in a run but host Sacred Heart Prep fell to Carlmont, 10-2, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division opener on Wednesday.
SHP will look to get back on track when it visits Carlmont on Friday.
Palo Alto downed visiting Homestead, 25-19, 25-18, 25-20, in its Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division finale Wednesday.
The Vikings, who won the past four SCVAL De Anza Division championships, finished with the best league record for the fifth consecutive year, ending up 8-1 in league matches, just ahead of a two-loss Los Gatos team.
In the final match of the season, the seniors led the way for Palo Alto. Sophia Krugler hit .448 with a team-high 15 kills, and had five digs and an ace; Trisha Razdan hit .273 with six kills, a dig and a block; Kylie Mies tallied a team-high 21 assists, three aces and two digs; and Katie Cheng had a team-high eight digs.
Junior Hillary Cheung had 16 assists, four aces and three digs; junior Amelia Vugrincic had six kills, four digs, three aces and a block; junior Alison Xiong hit .600 with six kills and a block; and junior Olivia Harrison had four kills and a block, as all 16 healthy players were able to contribute to the victory.
While the SCVAL prohibited spectators at any indoor sporting events, Palo Alto honored its graduating seniors as well as Homestead’s in a brief ceremony before the match. Seniors Katie Cheng, Sophia Krugler, Kylie Mies and Trisha Razdan concluded their Paly careers last night, with all four of them on the court together for the first point, the last point, and a lot of points in between.
Palo Alto also congratulates senior volleyball players Kimi Lillios and Hyunah Roh, who didn’t participate this season due to the pandemic, as well as Megan Wong, who played for two seasons and served as a student coach for two seasons.
“As short, and weird, as this season was, I’m so grateful that we all got to spend a few more weeks with this terrific group of seniors,” Paly coach Chris Crader said. “They are wonderful people who also happen to be great volleyball players, and they’ve really cultivated a fantastic culture in our gym over the last several years. They helped me enjoy every day of the season, and they’ve been great leaders for our younger players as well. We will miss them a lot, but the future is still quite bright!”
Palo Alto’s JV also beat the Mustangs, winning 25-18, 25-16, and Paly’s freshman team defeated Wilcox 25-3, 25-5.
The Paly JV team also had the league’s best record, going 8-0 with only one set lost all season. And the Palo Alto freshman team finished with a 4-3 record, posting four straight-set wins and a trio of close three-set losses.
Gunn dropped a 25-19, 25-16, 26-24 decision to visiting Monta Vista in the final match of the season Wednesday.
The Titans, who won the Central Coast Section Division I championship as the El Camino Division titlists last year, found it difficult to maneuver through the SCVAL De Anza Division with one returning player.
Gunn celebrated Senior Day for Katie Kudriavtsev and Piper Chang to complete the shortened season.
Emily Leschin scored five goals to help Sacred Heart Prep beat visiting Menlo-Atherton, 16-2, in a West Bay Athletic League opener Wednesday.
Ellie Noto added three goals and three assists for the Gators (1-1, 1-0), who play at Menlo on Friday afternoon. Genna Gibbons also scored three times and Lauren Hagerty scored twice and added two assists.
Menlo nearly came all the way back from a seven-goal deficit but just fell short in an 11-9 loss to host Mitty on Wednesday in another WBAL opener Wednesday. Brooke Stroh and Alta Knuff each scored three goals and Hailey Dunsby recorded six saves for the Knights.
Irene Kim, Kate Williams and Chloe Li each scored but Gunn fell to visiting Los Gatos, 6-3, in its SCVAL opener. Brindha Jaeger had another good game in goal with eight saves.
Maddie Ta pitched a six-hitter over five innings and Gunn beat host Monta Vista, 16-2, in a SCVAL El Camino Division opener Wednesday.
Ta also added two hits and drove in a run for the Titans (3-0, 1-0), who host Saratoga on Friday.
Kylie Liu led the charge with three hits, including a double, and four RBIs. Ingrid Lee drove in three runs, while Lauren Li, Emma Sachs and Ruth Jaquette each drove in a pair.