Mtn. View girls fall flat in 2nd half; LA and MV boys win on the road

Although less than thrilled with his team’s 5-5 start, Mountain View High girls basketball coach Xavier Cook isn’t discouraged by it.

“We’ve played a tough non-conference schedule to prepare for league,” said Cook, whose team is scheduled to open SCVAL De Anza Division play this week. “We’re not in a bad position – the league is wide open – but we don’t have an easy game from here on out. I still think we can be in the top four if we match (the other teams’) intensity.”

He added that the Spartans failed to do that in their last game before league, a 49-42 setback at Saratoga Dec. 21.

“We held them to 19 points in the first half,” Cook said. “But they played harder in the second half and we didn’t bring the same intensity.”

In the first half, Mountain View struggled to make shots and take care of the ball. The Spartans scored just 17 points and committed 10 turnovers.

“We lost two good ball- handlers (to graduation) and don’t have much experience at point guard,” Cook said. “We’re also still trying to find girls who want to score; sometimes they’re not selfish enough and overpass instead of take the shot. We need them to be more aggressive.”

Post player Kyra Palmbush finished with 10 points to pace Mountain View. The 6-foot-2 junior tops the team in rebounds and blocks.

“She’s been our best player,” Cook said. “She keeps us in the game every night.”

The Spartans are scheduled to

host Wilcox 6:15 p.m. Friday.

Boys basketball

Jake Shab’s free throw with 0.4 seconds left lifted Los Altos to a 39-38 win at Lynbrook Dec. 18.

Shab finished with seven points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Matt Eberle led the Eagles (5-4) with 11 points; Chris Shell and Zach Espiritu added nine each.

Mountain View routed Live Oak 68-32 Dec. 19 behind a big game from big man Will Dominguez. The 7-foot junior scored a team-high 15 points, making all seven of his field-goal attempts.

The Spartans led 34-15 at intermission, allowing coach Kevin Mack to experiment in the second half of the non-league game.

“It was a great opportunity for us to mix our lineups around and play different guys in different situations,” he said.

Nine players scored for visiting Mountain View (6-2). Jake Pappas and Zach Moran finished with 10 points each. Pappas drained a trio of 3-pointers and dished out seven assissts. Moran made all five of his shots and grabbed eight rebounds.

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