Pinewood can't hold late lead versus Irish

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Dejected Pinewood players Stella Kailahi, left, and Gabi Bade walk off the court as Sacred Heart Cathedral celebrates the win.

A Pinewood School girls basketball team accustomed to winning playoff games let one slip away Friday night at Santa Clara University.

The Panthers lost the lead in the last 16 seconds of the Central Coast Section Open Division final and missed out on two chances to regain it, enabling Sacred Heart Cathedral to eke out a 48-46 win.


St. Francis done in by last-second free throws

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St. Francis High’s Curtis Witt takes a jump shot Friday. He led the Lancers with 13 points.

In a split second, St. Francis High’s elation turned to deflation Friday night at Santa Clara University.

Serra’s errant 3-pointer in the last second of the Central Coast Section Open Division boys basketball final seemed to clinch the win for the Lancers, whose fans reacted with a roar loud enough to drown out the referee’s whistle for a foul on the shot.


Eagles upset Leland to win CCS

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The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Los Altos High boys basketball team upset top-seeded Leland 63-59 in overtime Saturday to capture the Central Coast Section Division II championship. More details will follow in the Town Crier's March 11 edition.


Eagles rally past Rams

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Los Altos High’s Patrick McColl scores on a breakaway dunk Saturday against Willow Glen.

Patrick McColl’s breakaway dunk emphatically ensured Los Altos High’s greatest comeback win of the season, 45-37 over Willow Glen in the Central Coast Section Division II boys basketball quarterfinals.


Lancers limp into playoffs

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St. Francis High guard Daisha Abdelkader gets fouled driving to the basket Friday night.

Friday’s league finale provided the St. Francis High girls basketball team one last chance to seize some momentum before the playoffs. Instead, the Lancers turned in another lackluster effort, falling 66-35 at home to Sacred Heart Cathedral.

St. Francis – routed 73-35 at St. Ignatius earlier in the week – has dropped four games in a row and nine of its last 10. Not the way the Lancers wanted to enter this week’s Central Coast Section playoffs.


Foothill women make regionals

The Foothill College women’s basketball team heads into the regional playoffs on a serious roll.

The Owls capped an undefeated Coast Conference South Division season (10-0) with an 81-67 thrashing of visiting Mission Friday night.


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