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.


Spartans complete sweep

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Los Altos High’s Meg Enthoven looks to shoot amid Mountain View High defenders Jayme Hughes, left, and Elyse Fitzsimons.

Last week’s girls basketball game between Los Altos and Mountain View highs served as a sign of hope for one team and a warning sign for the other.

Although the playoff-bound Spartans prevailed 41-27 to complete the season sweep of their rival, coach Judy Auclair cautioned that a similar effort in the postseason could result in an early exit.


Sick Spartans stymie Saratoga

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Mountain View High senior Jayme Hughes drives for a layin in Friday night’s home win over Saratoga.

Battling the Falcons and the flu, the Mountain View High girls basketball team found a way to beat the former Friday night to remain in contention for the league title.

With four of their five starters playing sick, the steadfast Spartans outlasted Saratoga 34-24 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division game that was far from pretty.


Eagles hold on

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Los Altos’ Simon Heck grabs the ball as Mountain View’s Matthew Martin gets a hand on it.

There’s an old sports saying about throwing out the teams’ records when rivals play, and it rang true Saturday night. Mountain View High came into the boys basketball game with half as many wins as Los Altos, yet the Spartans nearly pulled off the upset.

The Eagles escaped with a 41-38 non-league victory over host Mountain View, which had the ball last but couldn’t get off a shot before the buzzer.


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