Los Altos boys take down Bears in quarterfinals

Up four points at intermission after leading higher-seeded Menlo-Atherton for all but the first four minutes of the half, the Los Altos High boys basketball team no longer looked like the underdog in Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinal.

Nor did the Eagles feel like one.

Focused Panthers whip Wildcats

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Pinewood’s Brianna Claros drives to the basket in Friday’s playoff game. She scored 17 points.

Mitty is the top-ranked girls basketball team in the nation, but a little school in Los Altos Hills isn’t far behind. That would be Pinewood, which seems to be on a collision course to meet the Monarchs in Friday’s Central Coast Section Open Division final.

The fourth-ranked Panthers (24-1) moved one win away from a likely rematch with Mitty (25-0) – which beat them in last year’s title game – by dismantling St. Ignatius 72-39 in the quarterfinals. Second-seeded Pinewood never trailed in Friday’s game at Gunn and led the No. 7 Wildcats (14-11) by 26 points at halftime.

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.

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