St. Francis girls reach NorCal DII semis; SF boys, Pinewood girls ousted in Open

The St. Francis High girls basketball team advanced to the Northern California Division II semifinals by beating host Kimball 52-49 Saturday.

Jenesis Merriman scored 19 points and Adriana Frazier 12 for the fourth-seeded Lancers (14-14).


Foothill finishes among elite 8 in men's basketball

The Foothill College men’s basketball team entered the postseason as the 17th seed in the Northern California playoffs and exited as one of the top eight teams in the state.

The Owls knocked off three higher-seeded squads – including No. 1 Fresno City – to reach the elite-eight round for “only the second time in recent memory,” coach Matt Stanley said.


Eagles soar to new heights

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Los Altos High players Kyle Cumagun, from left, Simon Heck and Patrick McColl celebrate winning the Central Coast Section Division II final Saturday at Santa Clara University.

With his team trailing top-seeded Leland by 13 points at intermission, Los Altos High boys basketball coach Bob McFarlane told his players that Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division II final could go one of two ways.

“I remember what I said walking out of halftime,” McFarlane recalled. “‘I said, ‘Well, we’re either going to make the greatest comeback in history and make incredible school history, or we’re going to get rolled here.”


Rebounding from regular-season woes, Lancers paste Presentation in CCS final

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St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader puts up a shot against Presentation Saturday.

The St. Francis High girls basketball team got its groove back just in time for the playoffs, riding the wave all the way to the Central Coast Section Division II championship.

Bouncing back from losing nine of their last 10 games in the regular season, the third-seeded Lancers defeated top seed Presentation 58-46 Saturday in the final at Santa Clara University.


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.


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