Foothill teams fall in playoffs

The Foothill College men’s basketball team finished the season one win shy of making the state final four.

The fifth-seeded Owls put up a fight at No. 4 Santa Rosa before falling 83-78 in the Northern California finals March 3.

St. Francis, Pinewood girls reach NorCal basketball semis

After two rounds of the Northern California Division I basketball playoffs, the St. Francis High girls have made it clear that they are not easily intimidated. The Lancers went on the road and defeated a pair of higher-seeded teams to reach the semifinals.

“My team is so competitive,” St. Francis coach Sami Field-Polisso said. “They don’t care who we’re playing and what we’re up against.”

Lancers, Panthers upended at home

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St. Francis High’s Logan Johnson lays up a shot in last week’s Northern California playoff opener. He scored 32 points in the loss.

The St. Francis High boys basketball team overcame a poor third quarter to take the lead in the fourth, only to see Central win last week’s Northern California Division I opener in the waning seconds.

Cash Williams’ shot with 5.5 seconds left lifted the visiting Grizzlies to a 73-72 victory over the Lancers March 7.

Monarchs reign over Panthers

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Pinewood’s Hannah Jump puts up a shot against Mitty’s Krissy Miyahara Friday. Jump scored a team-high 20 points in the loss.

For the first quarter of Friday’s Central Coast Section Open Division girls basketball final, Pinewood School looked like it actually could upset the nation’s best team. The Panthers led Mitty by 10 points, delighting its spirited student section and anyone else at Santa Clara University’s Leavey Center rooting for the underdog.

But the top dog bit back in the second quarter. With a furious rally, the top-seeded Monarchs went up 10 by halftime and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way en route to a 76-62 win over No. 2 Pinewood.

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