This game was over in a hurry. The Los Altos High girls basketball team fell behind host St. Francis 17-0 in the first quarter of last week’s non-league contest, and the undefeated Lancers rolled to a 74-20 victory.
“We encountered an opponent that was very fast and talented,” Eagles coach Kevin Lee said. “They put a lot of pressure on the ball and we responded poorly to the pressure.”
Los Altos (2-4 overall) committed more than 30 turnovers for the second game in a row, providing St. Francis plenty of opportunities to score. Up 38-9 at halftime, the Lancers went on a 21-4 run in the third quarter.
“They have some very quick guards who run the floor and shoot very well,” Lee said of St. Francis (7-0).
Ten Lancers scored in the Dec. 11 game, led by Shelbi Aimonetti’s 16 points. Lauren Johnson added 12 points, Carolyn McGuire 10 and Jennifer Lucian nine.
Ideen Seyed paced the Eagles with six points and Meg Enthoven contributed four.
Pinewood started slow but dominated the second quarter on the way to a 48-39 non-league win at Homestead Dec. 12.
The Panthers trailed by three after one quarter, then outscored the Mustangs 13-0 in the second to take control of the game.
Gabi Bade scored 17 points for Pinewood (4-0) and Angelina Mapa had eight, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Los Altos opened the Panther Invitational with a 61-40 win over host Prospect Dec. 12.
The Eagles (4-5) pulled away from the Panthers with a 15-6 fourth-quarter run.
Three Los Altos players scored double-digit points: Joey Malgesini (16), Steven Garverick (14) and Nathan Vieira (12).
The same day in the Panther Invitational, Mountain View (3-2) beat Lincoln 50-41 behind high-scorer Nick Wang.
Pinewood walloped visiting University of San Jose 89-31 Dec. 11 in non-league action. The Panthers improved to 5-1.
Mountain View remained perfect by beating host Gilroy 2-1 Dec. 11 in non-league play.
Both of the Spartans’ goals came in the first half, courtesy of Erica Higa and Ysabel Balyuot.
Mountain View (5-0) nearly posted a shutout, but Gilroy scored in the final minute.
The Spartans outshot the Mustangs 22-4.
St. Francis is undefeated as well, routing Santa Teresa 8-1 last week to improve to 4-0.
The Lancers scored four goals in each half of the Dec. 11 non-league match.
Annie Kingman totaled three goals and two assists for St. Francis, Peyton Cassin added a goal and two assists, and Caroline Olivero, Cristina Polini, Emma Wangsness and Kelly Park contributed a goal each.
Pinewood pasted Latino College Prep 9-0 Dec. 12 in a West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division game.
Kelly Branson notched two goals and an assist for the host Panthers (2-0 league, 2-2 overall). Hannah Ditzler also scored twice, while Olivia Biggs and Ketki Samel each had a goal and an assist. Nancy Sutter, Victoria Gardiner and Leah Hess scored a goal each.
Mountain View topped host Palo Alto 3-0 in an out-of-division game Dec. 11.
Guillermo Burger, Kevin Bastoul and Keenan Zucker scored for the Spartans (3-0-1).