Spartans tighten grip on 1st place

Jailen Daniel-Dalton’s dazzling dunk was just another example of how the Mountain View High boys basketball team has elevated itself above the rest of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division this season.

The junior’s windmill jam early in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game punctuated a 56-34 win for the Spartans, whose defense and 3-point shooting overwhelmed second-place Cupertino.

Panthers send a message

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Pinewood’s Hannah Jump lays up a shot in Friday’s victory over Menlo. The senior scored a game-high 35 points.

Friday night, the Pinewood School girls basketball team seemed to silence any talk of Menlo challenging the Panthers for supremacy in the West Bay Athletic League this year. If the Knights are indeed gaining ground on Pinewood, it’s by inches – not feet.

The Panthers dismantled Menlo 75-36 to break the first-place tie between them. The game was close for a quarter, but host Pinewood – which routed the Knights by 39 and 47 points last year – pulled away in the second period and the lead ballooned from there.

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.

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