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Pinewood girls battle back to beat Bishop O'Dowd

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Hannah Jump paced Pinewood with 14 points Friday night.

Like the first time these teams met this season, the Pinewood School girls struggled to make shots Friday against Bishop O’Dowd in the Northern California Open Division girls basketball quarterfinals. But unlike that December game in Oakland, the Panthers overcame their shooting slump to beat the Dragons 51-43.

Third-seeded Pinewood, trailing 27-22 at halftime, rallied in the third quarter against No. 6 O’Dowd. The host Panthers opened the quarter with a 7-0 run and went into the fourth up 37-33.

Third-quarter run fuels SF boys' win against Burbank

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St. Francis High’s Logan Johnson leaps between two Burbank defenders on his drive to the basket in Saturday’s playoff win.

After a back-and-forth first half, the St. Francis High boys basketball team took over Saturday’s Northern California Division II quarterfinal game in the third quarter and never relinquished control.

The top-seeded Lancers beat Burbank of Sacramento 77-68, propelled by a 20-9 run in the third.

Mtn. View claims first section title in boys basketball

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Mountain View’s Eugene Liao attacks the basket in Saturday’s CCS final. The senior scored 16 points in the Spartans’ victory.

As time ticked down in Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division II boys basketball final and with their team safely ahead, the jubilant fans in the Mountain View High student section chanted: “I believe that we will win.”

Apt words for the Spartans – it’s been their mantra since the season began.

Despite Panthers' lack of depth and height, they play Mitty close in CCS Open final

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Mikaela Topper, driving to the basket, led Pinewood with 17 points Friday night.

Up against the nation’s top-ranked team in Friday’s Central Coast Section Open Division girls basketball final, Pinewood School faced a daunting task even before the Panthers learned just hours before tip off that their point guard would not play.

Yet third-seeded Pinewood, undermanned and undersized, still made No. 1 Mitty sweat for its 65-57 win at Santa Clara University.

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