After getting off to a great start at its own tournament, the Los Altos High girls basketball team floundered at the finish.
The Eagles, who clobbered King’s Academy 51-34 in Thursday’s opening round of the Los Altos Holiday Classic, lost Saturday’s third-place game 74-21 to Scotts Valley.
Los Altos’ Keith Mims said it “was the worst game I ever had here as a coach.” Down 20-5 after the initial quarter, the Eagles did not score in the second half.
Jordan Hamel and Meghan McDermott led Los Altos with four points each.
In beating King’s, McDermott scored a game-high 15 points.
Los Altos, which lost to Mt. Pleasant 49-32 Friday, is 3-5.
The Eagles are scheduled to open play in the Homestead Tournament 4:30 p.m. Friday, and Mims said he is optimistic that his team will perform better.
St. Francis went 2-0 at the Division II Challenge it hosted Thursday through Saturday. The Lancers (4-2) followed a 51-32 thrashing of Los Gatos with a 47-41 win over Aragon.
Vanessa D’Amico scored 11 points to lead the Lancers against Aragon and Jenna Thompson had 12 versus Los Gatos.
Pinewood overcame a poor shooting night by pulling down 21 offensive rebounds in a 54-52 win over Head-Royce Dec. 7.
Ahead by 11 points entering the final quarter, the host Panthers (6-0) did just enough to withstand a late rally by Head-Royce (2-1).
Solomone Wolfgramm paced Pinewood with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
St. Francis lost two of its three games at last weekend’s Gridley Invitational, putting the Lancers’ overall record at 3-2.
Jesuit of Sacramento beat St. Francis 83-57 in the opener, with only Drew Dickey reaching double-digit points (12) for the Lancers. St. Francis rebounded the next day by routing Gridley 78-38 behind Ivan Margaretic (14 points), Jarrod Diaz (12) and Kenneth Harris. Newark Memorial defeated the Lancers 67-59 in the consolation final, despite a career-high 18 points from Sean Dawkins. The senior guard made three consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
St. Francis is scheduled to open the Merv Harris Classic against Aragon 6 p.m. Saturday at Serra.
St. Francis topped Mountain View 2-0 Dec. 7 on goals from Nick Gebhart (assist by Emilio Huerta) and Kyle Dunne (unassisted). The Lancers beat Soquel by the same score Thursday and opened West Catholic Athletic League play Saturday with a 3-1 win over Serra to improve to 4-0.
Mountain View played visiting Burlingame to a 1-1 tie Friday. After falling behind early, the Spartans (2-1-1) scored the equalizer on a shot by Zack Williams.
Pinewood beat Crystal Springs 5-2 Dec. 7 behind three goals from Tony Copriviza.
Los Altos picked up a win and a tie last week, giving the Eagles a record of 1-0-4.
Los Altos topped Sacred Heart Prep 1-0 Dec. 6 on a second-half goal from Ashley Zhao (assist by Katya Pchenitchnikova). The Eagles tied Carlmont 1-1 Thursday on a goal by freshman Katarina Drake (Lauren Johnson).
St. Francis beat Notre Dame-Belmont 4-0 in Friday’s WCAL opener to remain undefeated. Kelly Jarvis, Lauren Schmidt, Melissa Fulton and Gina Givens scored for the Lancers (5-0).
Pinewood clipped Summit Prep 3-2 Thursday, with Danielle Man involved in all of the Panthers’ goals. She scored twice on assists from Adrienne Whitlock and assisted on Etelle Stephan’s goal.
Los Altos placed fifth at Saturday’s Green & Gold Tournament at San Marin. Chris Jimenez won the 112-pound division.