Shooting woes cost Panthers

While the Pinewood School girls basketball team packed its defense for Saturday’s road game against Salesian in the Northern California Division I playoffs, the Panthers never found their shooting stroke.

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Pinewood School’s Annika Decker, putting up a shot in the CCS Open final, scored a team-high 15 points in Saturday’s NorCal semifinal loss.

No. 5 Pinewood struggled to make shots – particularly in the first half – leading to its demise in the semifinal. The top-seeded Pride prevailed 53-44 in Albany.

Spartans nearly stun Paly; Eagles upset at home; Lancers, Panthers also out

Both times the Mountain View High boys basketball team faced mighty Palo Alto in league play this season, the Spartans got within one possession of tying the game in the fourth quarter before the Vikings pulled away.

When the teams met in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals last week, Mountain View had a chance to upset the SCVAL De Anza Division champs on the final possession.

Panthers no match for Mitty in CCS Open final

More than 30 minutes after Friday’s Central Coast Section Open Division girls basketball final, Annika Decker emerged from Pinewood School’s subdued locker room with ice packs wrapped around both ankles. Her shin splints hurt, she acknowledged, but the lopsided loss to Mitty hurt more.

“That was kind of a rough one,” the point guard said of the 76-44 setback to the Monarchs at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion. “They rushed us into things that we wouldn’t normally do, and we just didn’t play like how we normally would. We didn’t run back in transition defense and we just couldn’t make our finishes – like I couldn’t hit a layup, and I take blame for that.”

Pinewood prevails in NorCal opener

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Pinewood School’s Courtni Thompson, dribbling, scored a career-high 27 points in Tuesday’s win over Granite Bay in the first round of the Northern California Division I playoffs.

UPDATE: Pinewood edged Miramonte 49-47 Thursday and is slated to play at Salesian 5 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals.

Granite Bay wouldn’t go away. Trailing the Pinewood School girls basketball team by 15 points early in the second half of Tuesday’s Northern California Division I playoff opener, the visiting Grizzlies cut the deficit to six early in the fourth quarter and were down seven with just under three minutes left.

But guard Courtni Thompson made sure the comeback ended there, burying a 3-pointer that sealed the Panthers’ 66-59 victory. The junior’s trey from the right baseline put her team up 10 with 1:15 remaining, after which Granite Bay made three free throws and Pinewood went 0-for-3 from the foul line.

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