Focused Panthers whip Wildcats

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Pinewood’s Brianna Claros drives to the basket in Friday’s playoff game. She scored 17 points.

Mitty is the top-ranked girls basketball team in the nation, but a little school in Los Altos Hills isn’t far behind. That would be Pinewood, which seems to be on a collision course to meet the Monarchs in Friday’s Central Coast Section Open Division final.

The fourth-ranked Panthers (24-1) moved one win away from a likely rematch with Mitty (25-0) – which beat them in last year’s title game – by dismantling St. Ignatius 72-39 in the quarterfinals. Second-seeded Pinewood never trailed in Friday’s game at Gunn and led the No. 7 Wildcats (14-11) by 26 points at halftime.

Spartans hope to recapture last season's playoff magic

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Mountain View High center Will Dominguez lays up a shot.

Last year’s Mountain View High boys basketball team stunned just about everyone by coming out of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division to win the school’s first Central Coast Section title in the sport.

A lot has changed since then. Several key members of that team graduated last spring, and the Spartans were promoted to the SCVAL De Anza Division this season, which has been a struggle for them.

Los Altos girls falter in fourth

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Los Altos High’s Mone Sekiguchi drives through traffic.

Despite its scoring struggles in the second half, the Los Altos High girls basketball team regained the lead on Mahika Gupta’s quick jumper from the middle of the paint – set up by Jamie Baum’s lob pass – with 3:04 left in Friday’s game against Homestead.

The one-point lead would be the Eagles’ last. The visiting Mustangs scored eight of the final nine points to prevail 46-40.

Los Altos boys rally in 2nd half

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Los Altos High’s Nolan Brennan drives for a layin Friday night against Homestead. The senior scored 16 points in the victory.

The first quarter belonged to Homestead High, but the Los Altos High boys basketball team settled down in the second and took off in the third en route to a 52-34 home win Friday night.

Up a point at halftime, the Eagles outscored the Mustangs 15-0 in the third period and maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division game.

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