Photo By: courtesy of Randy Jimenez
The Mountain View High girls basketball team last week pulled even with rival Los Altos atop the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division standings.
The Spartans beat the Eagles 44-36, avenging a four-point loss three weeks earlier.
The Jan. 30 outcome marked the first divisional defeat for Los Altos, which bounced back Friday by beating Santa Clara 44-36. That leaves the Spartans, who had a bye Friday, and Eagles tied for first in league at 7-1.
Mountain View – leading Los Altos 18-17 at halftime – pulled away in the third quarter with a 15-7 run.
“It was a struggle with so many players sick, but they hung in there and took the aggression out of Los Altos in the second half,” Spartans coach Judy Auclair said. “We started to rebound better and some shots went in.”
Jayme Hughes paced host Mountain View with 15 points and Bailey Polisso added nine.
Ideen Seyed tallied 10 points to lead Los Altos, which scored just two points in the second quarter.
Pinewood crushed Castilleja 62-37 Friday to remain tied for first in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division. Leeana Bade poured in 20 points for the Panthers (7-1 league, 17-4 overall).
St. Francis fell 46-40 at Sacred Heart Cathedral Saturday in West Catholic Athletic League play. Jennifer Lucian had 13 points for St. Francis (7-4, 17-6).
Three days after dominating Eastside Prep with what coach Mani Messy called “a complete team effort defensively,” Pinewood fell 74-49 to Harker Friday. The Panthers (4-6, 9-9) were outscored 40-16 in the second half of the WBAL contest.
Owen Lewis scored 17 points to pace Pinewood.
St. Francis dropped games Friday and Saturday, slumping to 3-9 in the WCAL and 8-14 overall. The Lancers followed a 64-52 loss at St. Ignatius with a 62-48 setback to visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Mountain View avenged an earlier setback to rival Los Altos – the Spartans’ lone league loss – with a 5-2 victory over the Eagles Jan. 30.
Mountain View, playing without second-leading scorer Brad Bumgarner (knee injury) and sweeper Travis Pinkner (illness), led 3-0 at halftime on goals by Guillermo Burger. Jake Caccamo added another goal early in the second half.
The Eagles rallied with back-to-back goals, cutting their deficit in half with 20 minutes to play. Then the Spartans went on the defensive.
“With 10 minutes left, our goalie, Danny Ballesteros, made a fantastic save on a header, then Josue Aguilar cleared a rebound shot off the line with a fantastic effort,” coach Jim McGuirk said.
Burger soon scored his fourth goal for Mountain View (6-1-2 De Anza Division, 12-2-3 overall).
Los Altos recovered Friday by defeating Santa Clara 3-2. Sean McLoughlin notched two goals and an assist for the Eagles (2-4-2 division) and Eddie Sartor tallied their other goal.
Los Altos juniors Hannah Teter and Zoe Morgan placed second and fourth in their respective weight classes at last weekend’s Central Coast Section girls wrestling championships in San Jose.
Fourth-seeded Teter (122 pounds) reached the finals for the second straight year and qualified for the state tourney for the third consecutive season. She pinned the top seed in the semifinals, then lost to Maraya Carmona of Christopher in the title match.
The unseeded Morgan (138) “was the surprise of the tournament for Los Altos,” coach Randy Jimenez said. After she won four matches the second day – and needing one more victory to qualify for state – San Jose’s Heidi Portillo rallied from a four-point deficit to beat Morgan 7-6 in the final minute.