The Los Altos High girls basketball team is off to its best start of the millennium. With three wins last week, the Eagles improved to 7-0.
Sam Player/Special to the Town Crier Los Altos High guard Jamie Baum averages 16.3 points per game.
“They work hard, play as a team and play good defense,” first-year head coach Erik Stuart said in explaining his team’s success.
The defensive effort has been especially apparent in recent games; Los Altos held its last four opponents under 30 points.
“We pride ourselves on defense,” Stuart said. “We’ve been playing solid team defense.”
The host Eagles crushed Fremont 48-12 Saturday in non-league action, limiting the Firebirds to just five points in the second half. Earlier in the week, Los Altos swept Saratoga by scores of 30-20 and 53-28 in SCVAL De Anza Division play.
Senior guard Jamie Baum – averaging a team-best 16.3 points per game – didn’t make a field goal in the first game against Saratoga, but Stuart said she played an integral role in the May 4 home win.
“With no field goals, it may have looked like she had a bad game, but in reality, she had a pretty darn good game,” he said. “She was 5-for-6 from the line, had eight rebounds, two steals, two assists and no turnovers. And she defended their best guard and held her to two points.”
Fellow senior Mone Sekiguchi scored a team-high eight points in the contest and contributed 10 in Friday’s win at Saratoga. Baum tallied 14 points in that game, while freshman Macy Watson added 11 points and a season-best 17 rebounds.
In Saturday’s rout of Fremont, Baum paced the Eagles with 15 points and Aliyah McPherson scored 12.
Los Altos faces defending league champ Lynbrook this week. The Eagles were set to visit the Vikings (7-1) Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s deadline, and host them 6:15 p.m. Friday.
“We’ll have our hands full,” Stuart said.
Pinewood rolls on
The area’s other undefeated girls team, Pinewood, blew out host Half Moon Bay 84-38 Friday in a non-league game.
The Panthers, who earlier in the week whipped Woodside Priory 66-25, improved to 5-0.
Four Panthers scored double-digit points Friday: Una Jovanovic (21), Annika Decker (16), Chance Bucher (13) and Courtni Thompson (12).