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.

Panthers get the 'Jump' on Eastside

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Pinewood’s Hannah Jump lays up the ball in Friday’s game against Eastside Prep. She finished with a season-high 28 points.

Behind a barrage of 3-pointers sparked by Hannah Jump, the Pinewood School girls basketball team shot past Eastside College Prep 80-66 Friday night.

The host Panthers buried a season-high 19 treys (in 40 attempts), with junior Jump sinking eight of them. That’s the most 3s any Pinewood player has made in a game this year.

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