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Eastside Prep, Pinewood girls share league hoops title

Both finish 9-1 in the WBAL Foothill Division and receive byes in upcoming playoffs

It was an appropriate finish to the West Bay Athletic League regular season as the Eastside Prep and Pinewood girls finished tied for the Foothill Division basketball championship on Friday night.

Both teams finished with 9-1 division records following different paths to the co-title. Eastside Prep crushed an outmanned Sacred Heart Prep team, 68-28, while Pinewood escaped with a 45-41 triumph over host Mercy-San Francisco.

In Atherton, Eastside Prep outscored Sacred Heart Prep, 29-0, in the second quarter on the way to its lopsided victory. Senior Felicia Anderson scored 28 points while junior Ahjalee Harvey added 22 points and five assists for the Panthers (20-4), who got 15 rebounds from freshman Hashima Carothers.

In San Francisco, Pinewood (19-5) trailed by a point after one period but grabbed a 24-19 halftime lead before battling the Skippers evenly the rest of the way. Junior Hailie Eackles had 16 points to lead the way while junior Miranda Seto had another nice all-around game with 12 points, five rebounds, five steals and two assists. Junior point guard Kelsey Morehead, who stands 5-foot-1, pulled down seven rebounds to go with three steals and three assists while Jenna McLoughlin had six boards plus three steals.

The Panthers had 17 steals, which helped offset 16 turnovers and an uncharacteristic 17-fot-61 shooting night (28 percent), which included an 8-for-40 night from three-point range.

Both Pinewood and Eastside Prep will have byes in the upcoming WBAL playoffs and won't play until the semifinals next Friday at the King's Academy in Sunnyvale. Eastside Prep likely will face Castilleja while Pinewood could be matched up against Mercy-San Francisco again. The two winners will play next Saturday for the playoff title.

Elsewhere on Friday, Castilleja pulled away from host Menlo late in the third quarter and was able to cruise to a comfortable 18-point victory, 58-40, in a WBAL (Foothill Division) season finale.

The Gators (5-5, 17-7), who locked up a first-round playoff bye, outscored Menlo, 34-22, over the final 24 minutes after a sluggish first half in which they sent the Knights (3-7, 12-11) to foul line nine times.

Castilleja junior Natasha von Kaeppler scored eight of her 14 points in the first quarter as Castilleja jumped out to an early 11-3. Menlo responded by outscoring Castilleja, 8-4, in the period closing the gap to four. Both teams struggled to get their offenses going in the second quarter as Castilleja went into the break with a slim six point edge.

The Gators put the game away in the third quarter as six Castilleja players scored in the frame led by Eve Zelinger with five. She added 11 more in the fourth to finish with a game-high 17 points as Castilleja won its first game at Menlo since January 2003.

In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto came up with arguably its best defensive effort of the season with a 40-27 victory over host Monta Vista on Friday night. Paly (5-5, 2-8) moved into a three-way tie for third place with Gunn and Monta Vista.

The Matadors scored only three points in the fourth quarter as Paly's Katerina Peterson and Lindsay Black helped hold one of Monta Vista's top scorers without a point in the second half. Monta Vista was missing its second-leading scorer, Victoria Lee. Paly was led by sophomore Emilee Osagiede with 11 points.

In Mountain View, despite racing to an 18-2 first-quarter lead and still holding a seven-point lead at halftime, Gunn wilted in the second half and ended up dropping a 45-43 decision to the first-place Spartans.

The Spartans (8-3, 15-8) caught the Titans (5-5, 8-12) by the end of the third quarter at 38-all. Freshman Claire Klausner led Gunn with 12 points while senior Rachael Clark added 10.

In the PAL Bay Division, host Menlo-Atherton romped to a 61-36 victory over visiting Carlmont on Senior Night. The Bears held the Scots without a field goal for more than 13 minutes in the first half. Menlo-Atherton (5-5, 10-14) kept its CCS playoff hopes alive as sophomore Tennyson Jellins tossed in 12 points as four Bears reached double figures.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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