Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
After surviving what coach Doc Scheppler described as “first-game jitters,” the Pinewood School girls basketball team won two more contests at its own tournament to claim the championship.
After edging Palo Alto 51-45 in overtime to open the Pinewood Classic Dec. 5, the Panthers routed Los Gatos 49-31 in Friday’s semifinals and topped Gunn 46-38 in the final Saturday.
Pinewood pulled away from Gunn in the third quarter, nailing five 3-pointers in a span of four minutes.
Junior forward Leeana Bade finished with 12 points to pace the Panthers Saturday and sophomore guard Marissa Hing contributed 10. Hing, Bade and younger sister Gabi, a sophomore guard, made the all-tournament team. Hing and Leeana each scored 32 points in the tourney and Gabi totaled 22.
Thanks to a fast start, Pinewood (3-0 overall) led by as many 20 points against Los Gatos in the semis.
In their opener, the Panthers got hot late – making five 3-pointers from the midpoint of the fourth through overtime. Before that, Pinewood shot just 3-of-30 from beyond the arc.
In other local girls basketball action, St. Francis pasted Piedmont 50-22 Saturday to win the Terra Nova Tournament.
Guard Jennifer Lucian scored 15 points for the Lancers (6-0), who led 14-1 after the initial quarter.
Los Altos reached the consolation final of the Burlingame Lions Tournament, only to lose a close one to Sacred Heart Prep Friday.
The Gators prevailed 59-58, rallying from a six-point deficit at the start of the final quarter.
Senior guard Nathan Vieira paced the Eagles (2-5) with 18 points; Daniel Rosenbaum and Conrad Rogers added 14 each.
Mountain View fell to 2-2 on the season with Friday’s 63-39 setback at St. Ignatius.
St. Francis suffered its first loss of the season, defeated 44-38 by Oak Grove Friday in the Fukushima Invitational final at Independence. Junior forward Alex Frazier scored 17 points for the Lancers (3-1)
Pinewood cruised to a 74-49 win at Thomas More Friday. Roshan Bal led the Panthers (4-1) with 14 points.
Los Altos won back-to-back games at the Palo Alto Winter Classic last week. The Eagles beat Aragon 2-0 Friday and Menlo 2-0 Saturday.
Tess Wendelken scored both goals versus Aragon, assisted by Stephanie Kouvelas each time.
Julia Goupil and Kouvelas made goals against Menlo, assisted by Katie Winters and Haleigh Miller, respectively.
Los Altos goalies Carrie Wendelken and Elena Strawn totaled six and four saves, respectively.
Host Pinewood fell 2-1 to Cupertino Thursday. Kelly Branson scored for the Panthers, assisted by Courtney Copriviza.
Visiting St. Francis blanked San Mateo 2-0 Dec. 5 behind goals from Caroline Olivero (assist Emma Wangsness) and Cristina Polini (Annie Kingman).
Host Mountain View blasted San Benito 8-0 Saturday to improve to 2-0-1 for the season.