Panthers emphatically end debate over which Division V team is best in state

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Pinewood School’s Marissa Hing shoots over La Jolla Country Day’s Cydney Collins in Friday’s Division V state final.

Just like the week before, those morning practices paid off for the Pinewood School girls basketball team in Friday’s state Division V final. The Panthers looked ready to play at 10 a.m., while opponent La Jolla Country Day seemed out of sorts from the start.

As a result, perky Pinewood routed lethargic La Jolla 60-42 at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena – and the game wasn’t even that close.


Panthers' fate: A return to state

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Pinewood’s Gabi Bade dribbles toward the basket in Saturday’s game. She scored 16 points.

Size didn’t matter in the Northern California Division V girls basketball final – experience did.

Defending champ Pinewood School blew out bigger but younger Brookside Christian 61-38 Saturday morning at American Canyon High to advance to the state final for the third time in four years.


Panthers push past Vikings

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Pinewood guard Marissa Hing puts up a shot Saturday against Valley Christian-Dublin. She scored a team-high 14 points.

Beating Valley Christian-Dublin 57-46 moved the Pinewood School girls basketball team only two wins from a return to the state final, though the Panthers’ uneven performance Saturday left coach Doc Scheppler concerned about their chances of getting there.

Host Pinewood (27-3) couldn’t sustain the big leads it built in both halves of the Northern California Division V quarterfinal game. The Panthers’ ill-advised shots and fouls – and turnovers – let the Vikings (27-5) hang around.


Pinewood boys fall to St. Joseph

The Pinewood School boys basketball team kept pace with St. Joseph Notre Dame for a quarter, but the second-seeded Pilots pulled away before halftime of Saturday’s Northern California Division V quarterfinal and prevailed 57-35.

Trailing just 14-11 after the opening quarter, the seventh-seeded Panthers were outscored 18-3 in the second. Host St. Joseph of Alameda carried that momentum into the third quarter, outscoring Pinewood by 12 to take a commanding 52-22 lead.


Murphy's free throw with less than a second left lifts Pinewood boys to 47-46 win over Priory

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Pinewood School sophomore guard Kyle Murphy celebrates making the game-winning free throw in Friday’s victory over Woodside Priory in the Central Coast Section Division V final.

Kyle Murphy’s free throw with .03 seconds left proved to be the final piece of an improbable play that propelled Pinewood School to a 47-46 win over Woodside Priory in Friday’s Central Coast Section Division V boys basketball final.

The play began with 2.4 seconds left when savvy senior guard Greg Naumann – inbounding the ball under his own basket after Priory’s game-tying 3-pointer – heaved the pass into the front court to Murphy. He drove to the basket and drew the foul – to the disbelief of Priory players, coaches and fans anticipating overtime at Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont.


St. Francis girls struggle late, lose 40-34 to Lynbrook

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St. Francis’ Samantha D’Costa drives to the basket Saturday.

The St. Francis High girls basketball team got away with being shorter and shorthanded in the first half of Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division II final, leading Lynbrook by five at the break.

The Vikings took advantage of the Lancers’ deficiencies in the second half, however, rallying for a 40-34 victory at Santa Clara University.


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