The Los Altos High girls basketball team has followed a 14-game winning streak with back-to-back losses, slipping from first to third place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.
The losses, which dropped the Eagles to 7-2 in league, came to teams that have jumped ahead of them in the standings. Saratoga (9-1) topped Los Altos 51-37 Feb. 7 and Monta Vista (8-2) beat the Eagles 41-37 four days later.
“The challenges of a season are what build character,” coach Jaclyn Brode said. “I look forward to seeing how the girls respond to these latest setbacks. Hopefully, we find our happy place again.”
Like it did at home against Saratoga, Los Altos (16-4 overall) struggled to make shots and take care of the ball at Monta Vista. The Eagles shot just 34 percent from the field and committed a season-high 30 turnovers.
“Something has to change to where they show a greater urgency in protecting the basketball,” Brode said of her team, which turned the ball over 23 times against Saratoga.
Meghan McDermott (13 points) was the lone Los Altos player to score in double figures versus Monta Vista. Kelly Hamamoto added eight points.
The Eagles are scheduled to close the regular season 6:15 p.m. Friday at home against Santa Clara.
Mountain View fell behind in a hurry and never recovered against Lynbrook, which beat the host Spartans 57-38 Feb. 11. Mountain View trailed 23-6 after one quarter and 35-12 at halftime.
Jayme Hughes totaled 16 points to lead the Spartans, who dipped to 4-6 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 14-8 overall.
Pinewood pasted Mercy-San Francisco 60-16 Feb. 11, securing the top spot in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division. Akayla Hackson scored 12 points to pace the Panthers (9-0 league, 22-1 overall).
Pinewood maintained its first-place standing in the WBAL by winning both games last week. The Panthers clobbered Crystal Springs Uplands 57-30 Feb. 11 and got by Menlo 49-44 Thursday.
Pinewood went to 11-1 in league and 19-3 overall.
The visiting Panthers built a 31-3 lead by halftime against Crystal Springs. Jordan Riches finished with 14 points to pace Pinewood. Against Menlo, Nathan Beak led host Pinewood with 14 points.
St. Francis allowed 40 points in the second half and lost 74-63 to Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday in West Catholic Athletic League play. Brian Garrett scored 20 points for the host Lancers, who slumped to 3-10 in league and 13-10 overall.
St. Francis finished second in the WCAL by beating Mitty 2-0 Feb. 12. Peyton Cassin and Annie Kingman scored for the host Lancers (8-3-1 league, 13-4-1 overall). Delaney Baie Pridham and Megan Keeth notched assists.
Pinewood concluded what coach Michael Tetzlaff called “a disappointing season” with a 4-1 home loss to King’s Academy Feb. 10. The Panthers finished 3-17 overall and at the bottom of the WBAL Foothill Division at 2-10, meaning they will drop back into the Skyline Division next season.
Tetzlaff said Pinewood’s goal was to remain in the upper division and “quality-wise we certainly proved at times that we belong in the Foothill Division, but we simple did not have enough bodies to field a competitive team at times.” The Panthers started the season with 13 players and twice had to forfeit games because they had only nine healthy players.
Pinewood trailed King’s 2-0 at halftime and scored its lone goal in the 57th minute on a shot by Amrita Mecker (unassisted).
Mountain View routed rival Los Altos 5-0 Feb. 12 in SCVAL De Anza Division action. Brad Bumgarner scored two goals for the visiting Spartans; Logan Allen, Keenan Zucker and Josue Aguilar produced one each.
Mountain View improved to 14-3-1 overall and 8-2 in league, good enough for second place.
Los Altos fell to 3-6-1 in league and 6-9-1 overall.