LA's 3-4 record in boys basketball may be deceiving

Los Altos High’s Matt Eberle, shooting against Wilcox in a league game last season, is averaging 19 points per game this year.

On the surface, the Los Altos High boys basketball team’s 3-4 record may not seem all that impressive. But under the circumstances – beset with injuries while facing some tough teams – coach Trevor Naas isn’t complaining.

“In our first seven games, we’ve already played two of the top-ranked teams in the Bay Area in Salesian (5-0) and Palo Alto (2-1),” said Naas, whose squad also fell to Santa Clara (3-1) and Soquel (5-1). “There were some positives for us to build upon in our performances in both of those games.”

And Los Altos played those games, both double-digit defeats, without its full complement of players. Senior point guard Nolan Brennan has missed all seven games due to a chipped bone in his foot, according to Naas. He added that junior Chris Shell has been sidelined four games because of a shoulder injury, then a broken nose suffered Dec. 2 against Salesian.

“We have been working through a tough stretch with injuries again,” Naas said, “and have asked a lot of Matt and Jake.”

That would be seniors Matt Eberle and Jake Shab, the Eagles’ leading scorers at 19 and 14.3 points per game, respectively.

Eberle was named to the all-tourney team at the Burlingame Tournament, at which Los Altos finished third by beating Aragon 56-47 Dec. 8. He totaled 59 points over three games, capped by a 21-point performance against Aragon.

“(Eberle and Shab) have been playing a ton of minutes, along with senior point guard Zach Espiritu, senior center Simon Heck and sophomore guard Eric Jones,” Naas said.

The impending return of Brennan and Shell should help lighten their load.

“Both have started light duty at practice this week and we’re hoping to see them back on the court soon,” the coach said Dec. 13.

Girls soccer

Jumping to a 6-0 lead by halftime, Mountain View routed visiting Gunn 8-0 Dec. 11.

Bethan Parry notched two goals and two assists, while Laura Carceroni scored two goals for the undefeated Spartans (6-0). Lucy Tang, Janvi Subramanyan, Mia Polcyn and Elena Palacios added a goal each.

St. Francis played Leigh to a 1-1 all tie Dec. 12.

The host Lancers (3-2-1) scored in the first half on an unassisted goal by Isabella Schou.

Girls basketball

St. Francis started slow but finished fast in last week’s 63-41 road win over Marin Catholic. Trailing 10-5 after the first quarter, the Lancers outscored the Wildcats 58-31 the rest of the way.

Lydia Foust led St. Francis with 24 points, Paige Uyehara added 15 and Emma Cheli had 10.

The Lancers improved to 7-0.

Pinewood essentially put away last week’s game against Valley Christian by halftime. The Panthers led 36-13 on the way to a 66-44 home victory.

Klara Astrom paced Pinewood (6-1) with 19 points, Hannah Jump contributed 14 and Brianna Claros chipped in 12.

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