LA girls regroup after 2 OT losses with 39-23 win against Firebirds

Coming off back-to-back overtime losses, the Los Altos High girls basketball team dismantled Fremont 39-23 Friday night at home. The Eagles jumped to a 10-4 lead in the first quarter and held the Firebirds to just 11 points in the first half.

“The Fremont game was a get-right game,” Los Altos coach Jaclyn Brode said, “and I think we did a decent job of correcting some mistakes from the previous few games.”

The Eagles – who lost to Lynbrook 47-42 in overtime earlier in the week to open league and fell 48-45 in double OT to Irvington the week before – improved to 1-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division and 6-7 overall.

Mahika Gupta led Los Altos with 17 points and 19 rebounds Friday, while Jamie Baum contributed 10 points.

The Eagles are scheduled to play a non-league game at rival Mountain View 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Spartans lost 56-48 at Wilcox Friday, dropping to 1-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 6-6 overall.

Despite a frigid shooting night from 3-point range, Pinewood handled Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 52-41 at the Miramonte Elite is Earned Showcase Saturday in Orinda.

The Panthers shot 8-for-45 on 3s (18 percent) but committed only five turnovers. Hannah Jump paced Pinewood (11-1 overall) with 18 points, Klara Astrom scored 15 and Brianna Claros had 11.

The prior week, the Panthers toppled host St. Francis 58-36 to claim the Joe Schram Holiday Classic championship Dec. 30.

Up 33-26 at halftime, the Panthers pulled away in the third quarter by outscoring the Lancers 11-2. Jump led all scorers with 18 points and Claros added 12. Lydia Foust paced St. Francis with 12 points and Paige Uyehara chipped in 10.

St. Francis bounced back Friday by routing Sacred Heart Prep 53-36 in non-league play. Foust and Mia Grizelj scored 13 points each for the visiting Lancers (10-2).

Boys basketball

St. Francis scored nearly 100 points in the final of the Joe Schram Holiday Classic it hosted over the holidays. The Lancers drubbed Monterey 93-60, scoring the first 18 points of the Dec. 30 title game.

Logan Johnson scored a game-high 29 points and was named tournament MVP. Roy Yuan added 15 points, all on 3-pointers.

St. Francis followed that win with another one on Tuesday, 65-48 over Riordan to open West Catholic Athletic League play. The Lancers improved to 9-2 overall.

Boys soccer

Los Altos’ goal with approximately 15 minutes left lifted the Eagles to a 2-1 win at rival Mountain View Jan. 3 to kick off SCVAL De Anza Division play. The Eagles then beat Fremont 2-0 Friday, improving to 2-0 in league and 5-1-2 overall.

The Spartans, meanwhile, slipped to 0-2 in league and 3-7 overall with Friday’s 3-2 setback at Santa Clara. Winston Shustock and Mateo Angel scored for Mountain View in the final 10 minutes.

“It’s been a bit of a struggle this year, as we have had more injuries than any other team I have ever coached,” Spartans coach Jim McGuirk said.

Girls soccer

St. Francis settled for a scoreless tie against St. Ignatius Jan. 3 to open WCAL play.

Then on Saturday, host St. Francis fell 2-1 to San Ramon in non-league action. Sophie Bloyd scored for the Lancers (4-4-2), assisted by Courtney Mathison.

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