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Publication Date: Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Basketball: M-A girls take first place; boys' teams sweep Basketball: M-A girls take first place; boys' teams sweep (February 08, 2006)

By Max Schneider

Special to the Almanac

Menlo-Atherton enjoyed a great week for both its girls' and boys' basketball teams, winning all their games (although the boys won their second game by forfeit). The girls stepped into lone possession of first place.

Woodside boys won twice and prolonged their win streak, while Woodside girls continue to struggle.
M-A girls

The Lady Bears won twice last week to lift their record to 19-4 (7-1 in league play).

On February 1, M-A crushed Half Moon Bay at home, 61-26. The scoring was well-balanced, as it usually is in M-A routs, with post players Ann Sbardellati and Linda Pita each scoring 10 points to pace the team.

The Bears then gained sole possession of first place in the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) South Division by beating chief rival Sequoia, 52-41, on February 3, at home. Erica Hayes scored 13 points and Christina Dixon had 11 in leading M-A, which won due to -- surprise, surprise -- balance and team defense.

This week's games: February 8 at 4:45 p.m. vs. Carlmont; February 10 at 6:15 p.m. vs. Woodside (broadcast on KCEA 89.1 FM and kcea.org).
M-A boys

The M-A boys showed marked improvement last week, winning twice to bring their record to 13-10 (3-5), and fourth place in the PAL South.

The Bears started the week by beating Half Moon Bay on the road, 66-53. Tyrone Pettis scored a season-high 18 points and Gorjan Hrustanovic had 18, too, to lead M-A.

M-A then learned that its next opponent, Sequoia, had forfeited its season because two of its players (junior stars Dominic and Marseilles Stewart) were found to be ineligible due to a non-county residence. Head coach Pete Simos was fired and the Cherokees were forced to give up last season as well.

This week's games: February 8 at 4:45 p.m. at Carlmont; February 10 at 7:45 p.m. vs. Woodside (on KCEA 89.1 FM and kcea.org).
Woodside boys

The Woodside boys' basketball team won twice last week, bringing its record to 13-9 (7-1) and second place in the PAL South.

On February 1, Woodside beat Carlmont on the road, 51-45. James Sandoval had 14 points, and J.R. Valdez added 13.

The Wildcats won their third straight by beating Half Moon Bay at home, 69-50, on February 3. Sandoval led all scorers with 25 points, and Valdez scored 18.

This week's games: February 8 at 4:45 p.m. vs. Menlo; February 10 at 7:45 p.m. at M-A (both games on KCEA 89.1 FM and kcea.org).
Woodside girls

The Woodside girls' team dropped both games last week and fell to 6-10 (2-6) and a tie for fourth place in the PAL South.

Woodside was blown out by Carlmont at home, 49-33, on February 1. Offensively challenged once more, the team placed no one in double figures.

The Wildcats lost again at home on February 3, this time by a closer margin, to last-place Half Moon Bay, 55-54. Shakara Haynes scored a game-high 20 points, and Diana Ramies contributed a season-high 13 for Woodside.

This week's games: February 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Menlo; February 10 at 6:15 p.m. at M-A (on KCEA 89.1 FM and kcea.org).

Sports reporter Max Schneider is a junior at Woodside High School.


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