Pinewood prevails in NorCal opener

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Pinewood School’s Courtni Thompson, dribbling, scored a career-high 27 points in Tuesday’s win over Granite Bay in the first round of the Northern California Division I playoffs.

UPDATE: Pinewood edged Miramonte 49-47 Thursday and is slated to play at Salesian 5 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals.

Granite Bay wouldn’t go away. Trailing the Pinewood School girls basketball team by 15 points early in the second half of Tuesday’s Northern California Division I playoff opener, the visiting Grizzlies cut the deficit to six early in the fourth quarter and were down seven with just under three minutes left.

But guard Courtni Thompson made sure the comeback ended there, burying a 3-pointer that sealed the Panthers’ 66-59 victory. The junior’s trey from the right baseline put her team up 10 with 1:15 remaining, after which Granite Bay made three free throws and Pinewood went 0-for-3 from the foul line.

Mtn. View wins OT thriller at Homestead

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Mountain View’s Ryan Bahar, shooting against Los Altos earlier this year, scored 15 points in Saturday’s CCS win.

When Mountain View High’s Jailen Daniel-Dalton left the court writhing in pain, it appeared that the Spartans’ chances of winning Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division I boys basketball playoff game took a hit as well.

Trailing host Homestead 48-46 with 1:18 left in overtime, Mountain View could no longer lean on senior Daniel-Dalton, who scored a game-high 17 points before reaggravating a shoulder injury.

Garcia is center of attention in Panthers' playoff win

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Pinewood’s Maia Garcia looks to shoot against Sacred Heart Prep in Friday’s CCS Open Division quarterfinal game.

In years past, the Pinewood School girls basketball team didn’t need a 6-footer to succeed. This season, the Panthers have come to depend on 6-foot-2 center Maia Garcia – especially when their shots aren’t falling from beyond the arc.

That certainly was the case Friday night in the Central Coast Section Open Division quarterfinals at Gunn. Garcia helped the second-seeded Panthers compensate for their 3-point shooting woes (4 for 23) by scoring a team-high 15 points in the 57-35 blowout of No. 7 Sacred Heart Prep.

Panthers' D leads to 'W'

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Pinewood’s Annika Decker drives to the basket in Friday’s game.

The Pinewood School girls basketball team may not have the same caliber of 3-point shooters as last year’s squad, which reached the state final, but these Panthers are in the same league defensively.

As it’s done on several occasions this season, Pinewood Friday overcame a poor shooting night from behind the 3-point line (7-of-27) with a dynamic defensive effort. The host Panthers prevailed 43-36 over Menlo, held to its lowest output of the season.

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