Los Altos girls prevail 55-23

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Los Altos High’s Aaliyah McPherson, above, dribbles toward the basket against Gunn.

As soon as the Gunn High girls basketball team entered the Los Altos High gym, it was clear the Eagles had a distinct advantage in Friday night’s SCVAL El Camino Division opener. The visitors dressed just five players – seven fewer than Los Altos.

Still, Eagles coach Jaclyn Brode said she had an uneasy feeling about the game; would her team take the Titans lightly?

Los Altos boys triumph 52-33

Turns out Gunn’s full-court pressure defense was just what the Los Altos High boys basketball team needed to snap out of its almost season-long scoring slump. The Eagles broke the press time and time again for easy baskets en route to a 52-33 home victory Friday night.

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The Eagles’ Brock Susko, right, drives to the hoop against Gunn.

“We’ve had some trouble scoring this year,” said coach Trevor Naas, whose team entered the SCVAL De Anza Division opener averaging just 45 points per game, “so the fact that our press break was executed well today and got some easy baskets was definitely big for us.”

Lancers fend off Spartans in neighborhood rivalry

Although the high schools are less than 2 miles apart, the Mountain View and St. Francis boys basketball teams don’t have an annual tradition of playing each other. Sure, they might scrimmage or meet in a tournament, but the Spartans haven’t presented much of a challenge for the Lancers.

They did last week, however, when the teams met in what could be the start of an annual neighborhood rivalry game. While the host Lancers never trailed in the Dec. 12 contest, the spunky Spartans got as close as three points in the fourth quarter before falling 68-61.

Eagles exceeding expectations

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Los Altos High’s Mahika Gupta puts up a shot against the Spartans’ Stephanie Evanson in last week’s game.

The Los Altos High girls basketball team is off to its best start in more than a decade – and not because the Eagles have played a soft schedule.

Their 5-0 record includes wins over Palo Alto and Mountain View, which both play in the upper division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, and an Aragon squad that reached the Central Coast Section Division II final last winter.

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