Eight high school basketball teams in the Town Crier’s coverage area are one win away from playing for a Central Coast Section championship.
The second-seeded Pinewood girls, coming off a 97-61 pummeling of Palo Alto Friday, host No. 3 St. Ignatius at 7 p.m. today in the Open Division semifinals. The top-seeded Los Altos girls, who routed Piedmont Hills in last night’s Division I quarterfinals, host No. 4 Homestead at 7 p.m. Thursday. The St. Francis girls, the second seed in Division II, entertain No. 3 Branham at 7 p.m. Thursday after whipping Woodside in last night’s quarters.
The fifth-seeded Mountain View boys host No. 8 Homestead at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Division I semis; both teams knocked off higher seeds Tuesday night. The top-seeded St. Francis boys, who routed Aragon Tuesday, play at home against No. 4 Leigh at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Division II semis. The No. 1 Pinewood boys open the five-team Division V playoffs by hosting fourth-seeded Crystal Springs at 7 p.m. Thursday in the semis.
Highlights from Tuesday’s quarterfinals:
• Erasing a three-point deficit early in the third quarter, the Mountain View boys went on a 16-0 run that led to a 59-49 win at No. 4 Silver Creek. Joey Peir and Ryan Bahar each made two 3s during the run, which coach Kevin Mack said was fueled by the Spartans’ defense. Bahar totaled 13 points and Yuval Hod scored a team-high 18 that included 10 free throws. Mountain View improved to 13-5.
• The Los Altos girls put together a 20-0 run in the second quarter to pull away from No. 8 Piedmont Hills en route to a 58-21 win. The Eagles (12-3) led 32-7 at halftime and 46-11 at the end of three quarters. Abby Lu scored 13 points for host Los Altos and Jamie Baum added 11.
• Vince Barringer drained 10 3-pointers to finish with 30 points in the St. Francis boys’ 70-25 victory over No. 8 Aragon. The Lancers went to 5-8.
• The Homestead boys upset top-seeded Independence 59-50, outscoring the home team 19-10 in the fourth quarter. Los Altos resident Connor Kane scored eight points for the Mustangs (12-8).
• The host St. Francis girls dispatched No. 8 Woodside 63-22 for only their second win since April. Natalija Grizelj, Linzey Allard and Jessica Oakland scored 12 points each for the Lancers (4-8 overall).