Sierra Canyon clamps down on Panthers

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Pinewood’s Annika Decker drives on Salesian’s Angel Jackson in the NorCal Open Division final. Decker scored a team- and career-high 17 points in Saturday’s state final loss to Sierra Canyon.

What Pinewood School achieved this season – making it to the state Open Division girls basketball championship game for the second straight year – is unprecedented.

While the Panthers will surely look back at this feat with pride one day, it seemed the furthest thing from their minds as they faced the media a few minutes after Saturday’s 69-51 loss to Sierra Canyon in the state final at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center.

McGraw brothers lead Nueva hoops team to its best season

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Nueva School’s Connor McGraw, left, and older brother Kyle of Los Altos Hills run toward the front court.

For Los Altos Hills residents Kyle and Connor McGraw, Nueva School’s 2018-19 boys basketball season wasn’t just special because their team had its most successful campaign in program history. It also provided the brothers the rare opportunity to play together.

“It was great playing with him,” Kyle said of Connor. “It was one of the first times; I usually just get to practice with him.”

Payback for Panthers

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Pinewood’s Klara Astrom drives to the basket against St. Mary’s last week in the Northern California playoffs.

Minutes after the Pinewood School girls basketball team knocked off host Carondelet 51-39 in the Northern California Open Division semifinals, the Panthers’ celebration turned to unmitigated elation. They had just received news that Salesian upset Mitty in Saturday’s other semifinal game.

“The girls were very excited about it,” said Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler, whose team fell to the top-seeded Monarchs 72-51 in the Central Coast Section final two weeks ago. “Mitty is a power, and they present more difficulties for us than Salesian.”

MV's season ends with overtime loss

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Mountain View’s Sam Tobin takes a shot Thursday at University, where he had 20 points.

It’s hard enough to win one road playoff game in overtime – let alone two in three days, as the Mountain View High boys basketball team found out last week.

The Spartans seemed spent even before they entered the extra period, and more so when Thursday’s Northern California Division III quarterfinal game stretched into a second OT, in which host University outlasted them for a 61-57 victory.

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