Fri02122016

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Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball team has suffered through a long stretch without scoring. The Eagles endured two such spells Friday night – one too many to beat Palo Alto.

The visiting Vikings prevailed 40-36, despite producing just two points in the fourth quarter. That’s because Los Altos also scored only one bucket in the fourth – and it came in the last minute. Simon Heck made a low-post layin off a pass from fellow sophomore Nolan Brennan with 45 seconds left.

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LA girls falter against press


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Alyssa Cortinas dribbles around her back in Friday’s game against Palo Alto. She scored a team-best 11 points.

A season that started out so well for the Los Altos High girls basketball team has hit a serious snag.

The Eagles are reeling – outscored by 64 points over their last two games – leaving coach Jaclyn Brode searching for solutions.

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Panthers outpace Priory


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Pinewood’s Matt Peery lays up the ball in Friday’s win over Woodside Priory. Peery paced the Panthers with 19 points.

While height helps, the Pinewood School boys are proof that basketball is not necessarily a game of inches.

For the second time this season, the undersized Panthers overwhelmed Woodside Priory and its towering tandem of Ayo Aderoboye (6-foot-9) and Emmanuel Ajanaku (6-6).

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Panthers outpace Priory


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Pinewood’s Matt Peery lays up the ball in Friday’s win over Woodside Priory. Peery paced the Panthers with 19 points.

While height helps, the Pinewood School boys are proof that basketball is not necessarily a game of inches.

For the second time this season, the undersized Panthers overwhelmed Woodside Priory and its towering tandem of Ayo Aderoboye (6-foot-9) and Emmanuel Ajanaku (6-6).

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Spartans win rousing rivalry game


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
With Los Altos High’s Nolan Brennan defending, Mountain View High’s Ryan Hammell races toward the basket with the ball.

Saturday’s rivalry game between Mountain View and Los Altos didn’t count in the league standings – the boys basketball teams play in different divisions – but the result may prove to have a positive impact on where the Spartans finish.

“We needed a game like this, and I think the rivalry got us going,” Mountain View senior co-captain Ryan Hammell said after his team’s 58-44 road win. “We haven’t been shooting too well in league games, but tonight was a different story. Hopefully we carry this confidence into our league games and get back up in the rankings.”

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Pinewood girls thump Gators


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Pinewood sophomore Brianna Claros scored 19 points Friday.

This season’s Pinewood School girls basketball team faintly resembles last year’s edition, yet the expectations haven’t changed. The young Panthers are still chasing championships.

And not just a league title – that’s only the start. Pinewood is eying a berth in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs, comprising only the top eight teams in CCS.

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