M-A boys and girls advance in hoop playoffs

Vikings win their first section playoff basketball game in four years

After winning only its first Central Coast Section playoff game in four years, the Palo Alto girls' basketball team has every right to celebrate just a little bit. The Vikings, however, have to get back to work quickly if they want to do any more celebrating.

Palo Alto (13-10) will be back in action on Thursday when it travels to face No. 7 seed Mills (13-12) in the second round of the CCS Division II playoffs at 7 p.m. Paly, the No. 10 seed, advanced with a solid 61-34 victory over No. 15 Leland on Tuesday night.

The Vikings had to battle, as they trailed 22-10 in the second quarter. At that point, Paly coach Scott Peters switched to zone defense, which helped his team narrow the deficit to 25-23 at halftime.

Leland had a hard time getting a good shot against Paly's zone in the third quarter. The Vikings, meanwhile, warmed up and outscored the visitors 23-2 as junior forward Katerina Peterson scored 11 of her team-high 13 points in the period. Junior guard Mariah Philips also two 3-pointers in the quarter as the Vikings pulled away. She finished with nine points.

Peters singled out Lindsay Black for her defense as she was "all over the court and a big reason Palo Alto's zone defense was tough to score against," Peters said. Sophomore guard Shamelia Clay and freshman guard Stephanie Allen each chipped in 8 points while Samantha Wilson led Leland with 12 points.

In a CCS Division I opener on Tuesday, senior Victoria Fakalata scored 23 points as No. 10-seeded Menlo-Atherton advanced to the second round with a 57-36 win over No. 15 Homestead (12-12). The Bears (12-15) will visit No. 7 Gunn (9-13) on Thursday at 7 p.m. Alexandria Flowers added 10 points for M-A while Sela Tupou and Jessica Tuliau split 16. The Bears grabbed a 36-16 halftime lead and added to it with a 17-8 bulge in the third quarter.

Gunn finished its SCVAL De Anza Division season on a downer, dropping a 47-44 decision to Lynbrook to finish 6-6 in league. Nonetheless, Gunn still got a solid seed.

"We got a good seed," said coach Sarah Stapp. "We'll take everything one game at a time and we can play with anybody in Division I; it's very balanced."

Very balanced indeed, as there's no single team that clearly dominates, but rather a group of teams that all are very solid.

The winner of Thursday's game will travel to Mission College in Santa Clara on Saturday to take on Gilroy.

Boys' basketball

The No. 10-seeded Menlo-Atherton moved on to the second round of the CCS Division I playoffs with a solid 60-48 romp over visiting No. 15 Alvarez (12-13) on Tuesday night. The Bears (15-12) now will face host and No. 7 seed Homestead (16-9) on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Menlo-Atherton overcame an early deficit and the loss of senior point guard Jeff Keller to an injury as junior Myles Brewer scored a career-high 21 points. Keller left the game early in the second quarter with the game tied at 15, after a collision under the basket left him limping off the floor. With Keller gone, others had to contribute and did. Along with Brewer, Nils Gilbertson added 14 points, 12 coming in the second half.

In a Division II opener, No. 10-seeded Gunn had its season end with a 57-54 overtime loss to visiting No. 15 seed Woodside (15-12) on Tuesday night. The Titans finished the year 12-13.

Each of the first three periods saw Gunn get basket-beater shots as Jonathan Rea hit a 35-footer at the end of one to give Gunn a 17-9 lead. Jack Hannan scored before half to make it 31-20 and Matt Redfield scored at the end of the third to give Gunn a 40-28 lead. Unfortunately for the Titans, Woodside's Sam Kelly made a three-pointer with four seconds left to tie the game at 48 to set up Woodside's win in overtime.

Gunn was led by Hannan and Travis Bowers with 12 points each, while Redfield and Rea added nine apiece.


(All games at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted)

Division I

First round

Tuesday, Feb. 23

No. 10 Menlo-Atherton 60, No. 15 Alvarez 48

No.11 Salinas 52, No. 14 Independence 45

No. 12 San Benito 54, No. 13 Monta Vista 49

No. 9 Oak Grove 63, No. 16 Evergreen Valley 31

Second round

Thursday, Feb. 25

Salinas (16-8) at No. 6 Piedmont Hills (16-8)

Menlo-Atherton (15-12) at No. 7 Homestead (16-9)

San Benito (14-11) at No. 5 Carlmont (21-5)

Oak Grove (15-10 at No. 8 Alisal (15-9)

Quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Independence High

Division II

First round

Tuesday Feb. 23

No. 15 Woodside 57, No. 10 Gunn 54 (OT)

No. 11 Leigh 58, No. 14 Lynbrook 34

No. 12 Fremont 61, No. 13 Lincoln 53

No. 9 Cupertino 47, No. 16 Aragon 46

Second round

Thursday, Feb. 25

Woodside (15-12) at No. 7 Sobrato (18-6)

Leigh (9-16) at No. 6 Los Altos (16-8)

Fremont (12-13) at No. 5 Westmont (15-9)

Cupertino (14-11) at No. 8 Leland (10-14)

Quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Foothill College

Division IV

First round

Tuesday, Feb. 23

No. 13 Oceana 55, No. 12 Monte Vista Christian 52

Second round

Thursday, Feb. 25

No. 9 Menlo School (9-15) at No. 8 Carmel (17-9)

No. 11 R.L. Stevenson (12-12) at No. 6 Harker (20-4)

No. 10 Capuchino (12-12) at No. 7 Pacific Grove (17-9)

Oceana (11-11) at No. 5 Half Moon Bay (17-10)

Quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Hartnell College, Salinas

Division V

First round

Thursday, Feb. 25

No. 11 Kehillah (9-12) at No. 6 Pacific Collegiate (14-3), 5 p.m.

No. 10 Kirby (6-7) at No. 7 St. Lawrence (12-13)

No. 9 York (5-5) vs. No. 8 San Francisco Christian (11-11) at Alma Heights

Quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Pinewood School


(All games at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted)

Division I

First round

Tuesday, Feb. 23

No. 10 Menlo-Atherton 57, No. 15 Homestead 36

No. 11 Oak Grove 76, No. 14 Andrew Hill 52

No. 12 Silver Creek 58, No. 13 Salinas 44

No. 9 Monta Vista 50, No. 16 Milpitas 39

Second round

Thursday, Feb. 25

Menlo-Atherton (12-15) at No. 7 Gunn (9-13)

Oak Grove (13-12) at No. 6 Wilcox (11-9)

Silver Creek (13-12) at No. 5 San Benito (20-4)

Monta Vista (13-12) at No. 8 Mt. Pleasant (19-5)

Quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Mission College, Santa Clara

Division II

First round

Tuesday, Feb. 23

No. 10 Palo Alto 61, No. 15 Leland 34

No. 11 Westmoor 61, No. 14 Leigh 41

No. 13 South SF 54, No. 12 Pioneer 50

No. 9 Aragon 52, No. 16 Los Altos 32

Second round

Thursday, Feb. 25

Palo Alto (13-10) at No. 7 Mills (13-12)

Westmoor (17-9) at No. 6 Westmont (17-7), 5:30 p.m.

South SF (14-10) at No. 5 Lynbrook (16-7)

Aragon (19-7) at No. 8 Los Gatos (21-2)

Quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Oak Grove High

Division IV

First round

Tuesday, Feb. 23

No. 11 King City 84, No. 14 Monte Vista Christian 67

No. 10 San Lorenzo Valley 57, No. 15 Soledad 38

No. 13 King's Academy (14-10) at No. 12 Oceana (14-6), postponed to Wednesday

Second round

Thursday, Feb. 25

King's Academy-Oceana winner at No. 5 Sacred Heart Prep (8-17)

King City (16-10) at No. 6 Half Moon Bay (15-12), 5:30 p.m.

San Lorenzo Valley (12-14) at No. 7 Santa Catalina (18-6)

No. 9 San Jose (13-11) at No. 8 Carmel (18-7), 5:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Santa Cruz High

Division V

First round

Thursday, Feb. 25

No. 9 York (6-4) at No. 8 Alma Heights (7-10), 5:30 p.m.


Saturday, Feb. 27 (times TBA)

(All games at St. Francis-Central Coast Catholic, Watsonville)

No. 6 Crystal Springs (10-11) vs. No. 3 Castilleja (18-8)

No. 7 Pacific Collegiate (12-6) vs. No. 2 Eastside Prep (22-4)

No. 5 Immaculate Conception (16-5) vs. No. 4 St. Francis-CCC (16-8)

York-Alma Heights winner vs. No. 1 Pinewood (20-6)

Semifinals on Wednesday, March 3 at St. Francis-CCC

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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