Los Altos girls basketball team's playoff run ends in CCS Division I quarterfinals

After recovering from a slow start to tie last week’s Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinal game by halftime, then hanging with No. 2 Sequoia for the third quarter, things went sideways for the 10th-seeded Los Altos High girls basketball team.

“The fourth quarter didn’t go our way in any sense,” said coach Jaclyn Brode, whose Eagles fell 48-34 Feb. 19.

LA girls take down Fremont 44-28

Mahika Gupta
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Los Altos High’s Mahika Gupta drives to the basket in Friday’s game against Fremont. The senior scored 12 points in the win.

The Los Altos High girls basketball team’s Senior Night might as well have been called Mahika Gupta Night, because she’s the sole senior on the squad. After being honored in a pregame ceremony, the center played an integral role in the Eagles’ 44-28 victory over Fremont Friday.

Gupta scored 12 points – including the game’s first and last baskets – in Los Altos’ SCVAL El Camino Division finale.

LA boys toppled by Paly 56-46

Friday’s 56-46 home loss to Palo Alto concluded a 2-10 league season for the Los Altos High boys basketball team, but – thanks to a 9-3 record outside the SCVAL De Anza Division – the Eagles are bound for the playoffs.

The Central Coast Section tournament is a fresh start for Los Altos, given a week to prepare for Friday’s first-round game against an opponent to be determined at today’s seeding meeting.

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.

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