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Los Altos High’s Meghan McDermott, surrounded by Mountain View defenders in a recent game, had eight points versus Homestead.
The Los Altos High girls basketball team last week knocked another team from the ranks of the undefeated in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.
The Eagles followed wins over Mountain View and Santa Clara – both perfect in the division at the time – by handing Homestead its first league loss Jan. 16. The 41-39 victory left Los Altos as the last unbeaten team in the El Camino (4-0).
The outcome extended the Eagles’ winning streak to eight games and boosted their overall record to 11-5.
Los Altos beat the visiting Mustangs (3-1 league, 6-10 overall) the same way it has most teams – with defense. The Eagles, who haven’t allowed an opponent to reach 40 points during their streak of success, held Homestead to just 24 percent shooting. Los Altos forced 21 turnovers and blocked three shots.
“We didn’t have the best shooting night, but our defense – which we pride ourselves on – kept us in the game,” said coach Kevin Lee, whose squad shot 29 percent from the field and missed all six of its 3-point attempts.
Trailing 13-10 after one quarter, Los Altos went on a 14-7 run in the second and led the rest of the way.
“We had a slow start last night, but our girls picked it up in the second period,” Lee said. “It’s a long season for the girls and sometimes you have letdowns, but I give them a lot of credit. Each player has a big heart and they just don’t give up.”
The Eagles outscored the Mustangs 5-2 in the third and withstood the visitors’ 17-12 run to close the game.
Freshman forward Meg Enthoven finished with 13 points to lead Los Altos. Ideen Seyed contributed nine points, Meghan McDermott added eight and Katie Munro scored seven.
The Eagles are scheduled to host Fremont 7 p.m. today.
Spartans bash Bruins
Mountain View routed visiting Santa Clara 63-26 Jan. 16, putting together devastating runs at the end of each half. The Spartans outscored the Bruins 23-6 in the second quarter and 18-0 in the fourth.
“(Santa Clara) had a poor shooting night, I think due to our defense, but they were just off as well,” said Mountain View coach Judy Auclair, whose team improved to 3-1 in the El Camino Division and 14-2 overall. “We got everyone playing time, which is always fun to see as a coach, and kept the score going up.”
The Spartans shot 46 percent from the field, though they continued to struggle at the foul line (37 percent). Bailey Polisso paced Mountain View with 19 points, while Jayme Hughes and Karen Kauffman contributed nine each.
The Spartans are slated to host Cupertino 7 p.m. today.
Panthers prevail at Castilleja
Pinewood remained atop the West Bay Athletic League by crushing Castilleja 67-47 Jan. 15.
The Panthers (3-0 league, 13-3 overall) pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring the home team 18-5.
Pinewood drained 13 treys in the contest, four of them by Gabi Bade and three courtesy of Marissa Hing. Bade and Hing paced the Panthers with 15 points each, with the latter dishing out nine assists. Morgan Tomberlin added 14 points and Chloe Eackles scored 10.
Lancers finish strong
St. Francis rallied in the fourth quarter to edge Presentation 64-63 Thursday. The visiting Lancers outscored the Panthers 16-8 in the final period.
Four of St. Francis’ six scorers in the WCAL game reached double-digit points: Carolyn McGuire (14), Shelbi Aimonetti (12), Lauren Johnson (12) and Jennifer Lucian (10).
The Lancers went to 4-2 in league, 13-4 overall.