St. Francis, Pinewood boys hoops teams reach semis; SF soccer squads also advance

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St. Francis High’s Catherine Paulson gets ready to boot the ball in Saturday’s game. She had two assists in the win.

Standout Logan Johnson was held to seven points, but that wasn’t enough to stop the St. Francis High boys basketball team from advancing to the Central Coast Section Open Division semifinals.

The fourth-seeded Lancers beat No. 5 Sequoia 53-39 Friday in the quarterfinals at Fremont. Roy Yuan led St. Francis with 13 points and Oscar Pedraza added 10.

St. Francis (19-6) was slated to meet rival and top seed Bellarmine (22-3) in Tuesday’s semifinals, after the Town Crier’s deadline.

Pinewood, the fourth seed in CCS Division V, routed visiting No. 5 Alma Heights in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

The Panthers are set to go up against top-seeded St. Francis Salesian College Prep (21-6) 5:30 p.m. today in the semifinals at Pinewood.

Mountain View’s season came to an end Saturday in the CCS Division II quarterfinals at Aragon, where top-seeded Valley Christian defeated the No. 8 Spartans 61-54.

Sam Tobin scored 12 points to lead Mountain View (12-14), which beat Valley Christian in last year’s Division II final.

Girls basketball

St. Francis this week will look to rebound from its most lopsided loss of the season, 70-26 at the hands of top seed Mitty in the CCS Open Division quarterfinals. The Lancers trailed the Monarchs only 17-9 after one quarter but were outscored 24-3 in the second.

The eighth-seeded Lancers (14-11) are scheduled to visit No. 5 Sacred Heart Cathedral (10-14) 7 p.m. Thursday for a consolation-round game.

Los Altos’ lowest-scoring game of the season couldn’t have come at a worse time. The unseeded Eagles lost 35-21 at No. 10 Santa Clara in the first round of the CCS Division I playoffs Feb. 20.

Los Altos scored just one point in the first quarter and trailed 14-5 at halftime. Mahika Gupta netted 11 points for the Eagles (12-13).

Boys soccer

Seventh-seeded Los Altos nearly knocked off No. 2 Alisal in the CCS Open Division quarterfinals Saturday in Salinas.

The Eagles took the lead late in the second half, only to see Alisal tie the game at 1 on a penalty kick to force overtime en route to a 3-1 victory.

Los Altos (12-4-3) played both 10-minute overtime periods a man down after a player received a red card in the closing minutes of regulation. After playing host Alisal (15-1-4) even in the first OT, the Eagles surrendered two goals in the second.

Los Altos’ lone goal of the night came off a corner kick by Ollie De Visser, which Nao Yanase fired into the net.

Third-seeded St. Francis got by visiting No. 11 Andrew Hill 2-1 Saturday in the CCS Division I quarterfinals. The Lancers (13-3-6) were slated to face No. 2 San Benito (11-3-8) in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Girls soccer

St. Francis certainly hasn’t played like a 10th seed, dominating its first two foes to reach the CCS Division I semifinals. The Lancers followed a 7-1 win at No. 7 Alisal Feb. 21 with a 3-0 triumph at No. 2 Homestead Saturday. Bella Schou (assisted by Catherine Paulson), Emma Blackburn (Courtney Mathisen) and Katie Bocean (Paulson) scored in Saturday’s quarterfinal.

St. Francis (11-8-3) was set to meet No. 3 Leigh (12-2-6) in Tuesday’s semifinals.

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