St. Francis girls maintain positive outlook despite negative results in recent games

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St. Francis High’s Paige Uyehara drives to the hoop versus Mitty last week. She scored 16 points Saturday against St. Joseph Notre Dame.

The loss was the St. Francis High girls basketball team’s third in a row – and fourth in five games – yet the Lancers didn’t leave the locker room with their heads down Saturday.

That’s because they hung with highly ranked St. Joseph Notre Dame, which escaped St. Francis with a 57-53 non-league win, and they still sport a 12-6 record.

Eighth-grade hoops tourney starts Thursday at St. Simon

St. Simon Parish School’s 14th annual Father Murray Basketball Tournament is slated Thursday through Sunday in Los Altos.

Eight boys teams and eight girls teams are set to compete in the eighth-grade tournament, held in the school gym. Participants include host St. Simon, St. Nicholas (Los Altos Hills), St. Raymond (Menlo Park), Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton), Hillview (Menlo Park), St. Apollinaris (Napa), Holy Spirit (San Jose), Pinewood (Los Altos) and Menlo.

Lancers hold on

He scored on several acrobatic drives to the basket, drained a fall-away 3-pointer and converted an inbounds alley-oop, yet the biggest play St. Francis High’s Logan Johnson made Friday against St. Ignatius didn’t involve him taking a shot.

St. Francis Basketball
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St. Francis High’s Logan Johnson splits two defenders on the way to the basket Friday. He scored a team-high 18 points in the win.

With the Lancers leading by two points with 1:44 to play, the senior drove the lane – drawing the defense’s attention – and promptly zipped a pass to an open Oscar Pedraza in the left corner. The junior buried the 3-pointer and St. Francis never looked back, winning 63-56 at home.

Plucky Eagles stun Spartans

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Los Altos High’s Mahika Gupta takes a shot over Mountain View’s Kyra Palmbush. Gupta scored 18 points and Palmbush had 12.

A rested and ready Los Altos High girls basketball team surged in the second half for a 45-28 win over a Mountain View High squad coming off a double-overtime loss the night before.

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