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Lancers top familiar foe in CCS final


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Darius Thomas drives to the basket in Friday’s CCS Open Division final against league rival Bellarmine.

The St. Francis High boys hadn’t lost to a basketball team from their league all season, and they weren’t about to start now – especially with so much at stake.

With a workman-like win, the Lancers Friday night claimed their first Central Coast Section Open Division championship. They defeated West Catholic Athletic League rival Bellarmine 55-48 in front of a near-capacity crowd at Santa Clara University’s Leavey Center.

After fast start, underdog Pinewood falls flat in second half of CCS title game against Mitty


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Pinewood freshman Hannah Jump scored 11 points in Friday’s final against Mitty.

It was going to take a near-perfect performance to beat one of the best girls basketball teams in the country, and Pinewood School played that way for the first quarter of Friday’s Central Coast Section Open Division final. The Panthers made eight of their first nine shots to lead Mitty by 13 points.

But they couldn’t sustain that level of play against the top-seeded Monarchs, who wore down No. 2 Pinewood with their superior size and depth to win 79-60 at Santa Clara University’s Leavey Center.

Turnovers doom MV girls in semis

Even the most pessimistic Mountain View High fan had to be encouraged by the Spartans’ stellar start against top seed Presentation in the Central Coast Section Division II girls basketball semifinals. Mountain View jumped to a 13-4 lead midway through the first quarter.

Then came the turnovers.

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.”


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