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.

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.

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