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Los Altos residents help Homestead get off to 19-2 start in girls basketball

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Homestead senior Nicolette Conkin, a Los Altos resident, leads the team in assists.

Homestead High might just have the best girls basketball team no one’s talking about. The Mustangs quietly are off to their best start in more than a decade.

“No one expected us to do this, but we could have been this good last season without all the injuries,” said point guard Nicolette Conkin, one of two Los Altos residents on the team. “But we’re not focused on what others think – we just want to win.”

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

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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.

LA girls falter against press

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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.

Panthers outpace Priory

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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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