Despite Panthers' lack of depth and height, they play Mitty close in CCS Open final

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Mikaela Topper, driving to the basket, led Pinewood with 17 points Friday night.

Up against the nation’s top-ranked team in Friday’s Central Coast Section Open Division girls basketball final, Pinewood School faced a daunting task even before the Panthers learned just hours before tip off that their point guard would not play.

Yet third-seeded Pinewood, undermanned and undersized, still made No. 1 Mitty sweat for its 65-57 win at Santa Clara University.

Mtn. View moves on

The Mountain View High boys basketball team entered the playoffs in unfamiliar territory – as a top seed for the first time in school history – and with all the pressure that comes with it.

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Mountain View’s Matt McTighe attacks the basket in Saturday’s CCS quarterfinal game against Leland. He finished with 15 points.

So before Saturday’s opening game against Leland, coach Kevin Mack said he wondered whether his Spartans were “going to embrace the No. 1 seed or is it going to be a target on our back?”

Jump's 36 points propel Panthers over St. Ignatius

Although Hannah Jump scored nearly half of Pinewood School’s points in Friday’s 79-46 thrashing of St. Ignatius in the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Open Division girls basketball playoffs, her coach was quick to point out that this win was a team effort.

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Pinewood’s Hannah Jump drives to the basket in Friday’s playoff win over St. Ignatius.

“Obviously, she’s the best shooter around, but you have to give credit to her teammates for finding her in those situations,” Doc Scheppler said. “There were a lot of assists on those open shots. That was a complete team performance. It’s not just one player.”

Mtn. View falls 50-45 in OT to Gunn

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Mountain View High’s Emma Bice tries to shoot over Gunn’s Archer Olson.

Plagued by foul trouble and turnovers for most of the game, the Mountain View High girls basketball team had to feel fortunate just to get to overtime last week against Gunn.

But the Spartans’ luck ran out soon after Sophie Tobin’s buzzer-beating layin. The Titans overwhelmed them in overtime to prevail 50-45, spoiling Senior Night for Mountain View.

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