St. Francis boys can't hold lead, fall to SI 42-41

Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Brian Garrett scored 12 points for St. Francis Saturday night.

The St. Francis High boys basketball team saw its season end Saturday by the slimmest margin – and to a familiar foe.

The No. 2 Lancers (17-13 overall) fell 42-41 to top seed and West Catholic Athletic League rival St. Ignatius (22-6) in the Central Coast Section Division II final. St. Francis went from leading by seven to down one when Wildcats guard Tristan Wentworth made a transition layup with 1:42 left. The 42-41 lead was St. Ignatius’ first since scoring the game’s opening basket.


Eagles end playoff run in semifinals

Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Daniel Rosenbaum scored 15 points to lead Los Altos in last week’s playoff semifinal.

The Los Altos High boys basketball team endured one of those shooting nights that can put an end to a playoff run – and it did last week in the Central Coast Section Division II semifinals.

Jumpers rolled off the rim with regularity and several drives spun around the cylinder and out. It was too much to overcome against defending champ St. Francis, which escaped with a 49-47 win March 4 at Santa Clara High.


Pinewood girls eke out win, take 3rd in Open Division

With the starters struggling, Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler called on a freshman to spark his girls basketball team Thursday against visiting Scotts Valley.

Akayla Hackson responded by scoring a game-high 16 points in the Panthers’ 43-41 victory, which guaranteed them third place in the Central Coast Section Open Division. She made seven of her 12 shots, including a pair of deep 3s in the second quarter and two critical layins in the fourth.


Los Altos, St. Francis boys reach Division II semifinals; Pinewood moves one step from Div. V final

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Los Altos High’s Joey Malgesini shoots over Santa Clara’s Cole Lockwood in Saturday’s CCS Division II quarterfinal game.

Despite being just two and a half miles apart, Los Altos and St. Francis highs rarely meet in boys basketball. Lancers coach Mike Motil said Saturday that he couldn’t recall facing the Eagles in his six years at the helm.

That was scheduled to change Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) in the Central Coast Section Division II semifinals at Santa Clara High.


Pinewood girls reach Open semis; St. Francis routs LA in DII quarters

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Meghan McDermott, shooting, scored nine points in her final game for Los Altos High.

Pinewood School girls basketball coach Doc Scheppler and his standout point guard, Marissa Hing, don’t lack for confidence – and with good reason. Their team improved to 25-2 with Friday’s 54-31 victory over Presentation in the Central Coast Section Open Division quarterfinals.

Pinewood may be seeded fourth, but Scheppler believes his Panthers are capable of winning this toughest division of the playoffs.


MV girls falter in fourth, lose playoff game to Paly

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Jayme Hughes scored 15 points for Mountain View Saturday, tying Karen Kauffman for team-high honors.

A fourth-quarter comeback Saturday by Palo Alto slammed the brakes on the Mountain View High girls basketball team’s season.

The third-seeded Vikings beat the No. 6 Spartans 57-54 Saturday in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals at Gunn.


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