Back in action this week after an 11-day hiatus between games, the Los Altos High girls basketball team hopes to pick up where it left off.
The 7-1 Eagles are scheduled to face San Ramon Valley 3:15 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Lady Cougars Classic at Newark Memorial.
The week before breaking for finals and the holidays, Los Altos won back-to-back home games after suffering a 45-40 loss at Piedmont Hills that coach Jaclyn Brode called “a good kick in the butt for us and needed.” The Eagles responded by crushing Cupertino 50-29 Dec. 13 and defeating Dixon 50-39 two days later.
In the win over Cupertino – Los Altos’ third victory over a team from the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s upper division this year – the Eagles made 16 steals and held the Pioneers to three points in the final quarter.
“I liked our energy from tip-off to end-of-game buzzer,” said Brode, whose team held a 30-16 advantage at halftime. “We were able to force quite a few turnovers from our press and keep the pressure on them.”
Three Eagles finished with double-digit points: Aaliyah McPherson (11), Mahika Gupta (10) and Jamie Baum (10).
Baum scored a team-high 22 points against Dixon. The sophomore guard buried four of her six shots from beyond the arc. Senior center Gupta added nine points and grabbed nine rebounds.
St. Francis improved to 8-0 by whipping Woodside Priory 46-30 Dec. 15 at the Presentation Shootout. The Lancers limited the Panthers to nine points after halftime.
Paige Uyehara totaled 12 points for St. Francis.
Pinewood returned from Honolulu as the champion of the ‘Iolanai Classic. The Panthers went 3-0 at the tournament, beating Incarnate World Academy 63-49 in the Dec. 15 title game. Hannah Jump poured in 36 points to pace Pinewood (6-0 overall).
Mountain View sank to 2-4 with a 48-40 home loss to Independence Dec. 15.
Mountain View set a season high for points in a 80-45 home rout of Overfelt Dec. 17. The Spartans (6-2) led 51-23 at halftime.
Two days earlier, host Mountain View toppled Leigh 71-61 behind Sam Tobin’s 24 points.
Los Altos entered the holiday break with a 7-2 record after taking down Santa Clara 44-38 Dec. 14. The host Eagles outscored the Bruins 14-11 in the fourth quarter.
St. Francis handled host Milpitas 75-45 Dec. 14. The Lancers (4-1) host their holiday tournament Thursday through Saturday.
It took 10 rounds of penalty kicks for St. Francis to break a scoreless tie against Mountain View in the Fremont Firebird Classic Dec. 15.
Payton Porter scored the game-clinching goal for the Lancers (3-0-2), who lost to the Spartans (6-0-1) in the past two Firebird finals.
“The bummer was Allie Montoya was home with the flu,” said Mountain View coach Ivan Bandov, referring to his second-leading scorer, “but the girls played well and had chances to win.”