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Panthers unable to repeat upset feat

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Pinewood’s Klara Astrom drives to the hoop in Saturday’s game.

After pulling off the biggest upset of the Northern California playoffs to reach the Open Division final, it was evident early in Saturday’s game that the Pinewood School girls basketball team was out of miracles.

The fourth-seeded Panthers struggled to make shots from the start and weren’t able to contain No. 2 Miramonte, which cruised to a 73-40 victory at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena.

Lancers find themselves in big hole early and can't dig out of it against Sacramento

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St. Francis High’s Jenesis Merriman puts up a shot Saturday against Sacramento.

While it may be true most basketball games are won or lost in the fourth quarter, count Saturday’s playoff contest at St. Francis High as one of the exceptions to the rule.

This game was all but over by the end of the first quarter.

St. Francis boys lose close game at No. 2 Modesto

The St. Francis High boys basketball team’s sensational season came to a close with Friday’s loss in the first round of the Northern California Open Division playoffs. The seventh-seeded Lancers fell 54-51 at No. 2 Modesto Christian.

St. Francis, which went undefeated in the ultracompetitive West Catholic Athletic League and captured the Central Coast Section Open Division championship, finished the season 25-3. Friday’s loss snapped the Lancers’ 23-game winning streak.

Lancers top familiar foe in CCS final

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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.

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