St. Simon's annual basketball tourney tips off Thursday

St. Simon School’s 15th annual Father Murray Memorial Basketball Tournament is scheduled 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.

Lancers make it when it matters most

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St. Francis High’s Paige Uyehara drives to the basket against Cathedral’s Alani Gainer in Friday night’s league game.

For the first three quarters of Friday’s game, the St. Francis High girls basketball team couldn’t make a shot. Layups rolled off the rim and jumpers clanked against the backboard or hit nothing but air.

Despite missing 46 of their 52 shots, the host Lancers entered the fourth period trailing Sacred Heart Cathedral by only nine points due to their dogged defense.

Los Altos girls prevail 55-23

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Los Altos High’s Aaliyah McPherson, above, dribbles toward the basket against Gunn.

As soon as the Gunn High girls basketball team entered the Los Altos High gym, it was clear the Eagles had a distinct advantage in Friday night’s SCVAL El Camino Division opener. The visitors dressed just five players – seven fewer than Los Altos.

Still, Eagles coach Jaclyn Brode said she had an uneasy feeling about the game; would her team take the Titans lightly?

Los Altos boys triumph 52-33

Turns out Gunn’s full-court pressure defense was just what the Los Altos High boys basketball team needed to snap out of its almost season-long scoring slump. The Eagles broke the press time and time again for easy baskets en route to a 52-33 home victory Friday night.

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The Eagles’ Brock Susko, right, drives to the hoop against Gunn.

“We’ve had some trouble scoring this year,” said coach Trevor Naas, whose team entered the SCVAL De Anza Division opener averaging just 45 points per game, “so the fact that our press break was executed well today and got some easy baskets was definitely big for us.”

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