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Topper helps Pinewood top St. Francis in Open quarterfinals

With Pinewood School’s star point guard out with an injury, St Francis High may have sensed it had a better chance to beat the higher-seeded Panthers in the Central Coast Section Open Division girls basketball quarterfinals.

Friday’s game was closer than when these teams met in late December, but second-seeded Pinewood’s well-oiled, diverse and synergized attack still proved too much for the No. 7 Lancers to overcome. The Panthers prevailed 69-59 at Gunn High.

Lancers roar into playoffs

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St. Francis High’s Peter Hewitt dunks the ball in Friday’s win.

St. Francis High senior Darius Thomas wants to be the man for all seasons when it comes to qualifying for state finals. After making it last spring (track and field) and fall (football), he has a shot of getting there in a winter sport – basketball.

“That would be nice,” said Thomas, the starting point guard on the basketball team. “We have to keep working hard, and I feel like we have a good chance.”

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.

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