SHP girls win basketball tournament title

Gunn boys will play for Fremont-Sunnyvale Holiday Classic crown

It was plenty of defense and just enough offense as the Sacred Heart Prep girls' basketball team captured the Half Moon Bay Tournament with a 44-33 triumph over Lynbrook on Monday night.

The Gators (5-0) finished off their three-game sweep by limiting the Vikings to just three points in the fourth quarter. Helen Gannon provided 12 points, all coming on three-pointers, and was named to the all-tournament team aling with teammates Melissa Holland and Catherine Donahoe.

Holland contributed 10 points and Donahoe added eight. Megan Holland tossed in nine points. Lynbrook hurt itself by making only six of 22 free throws.

Sacred Heart Prep will be back in action Wednesday night with a nonleague game at South San Francisco at 7 p.m., before taking a break for the holidays.

The Gunn boys, meanwhile, will have their shot at winning a tournament title when the Titans take on Mountain View on Tuesday night in the finals of the Fremont-Sunnyvale Holiday Classic at 8:30 p.m.

The Titans (7-3) advanced following a 45-26 victory over Oak Grove on Monday as seniors Matt Redfield and Jack Hannan led the Titans with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Gunn raced to a 14-0 first-quarter advantage, which was enough to hold off the Eagles.

In another Fremont tourney game, Pinewood (7-2) suffered a 56-51 loss to El Camino. Solomone Wolfgramm led the Panthers with 16 points with Kyle Riches and Cameron Helvey combining for 21.

In other prep basketball on Monday:

With seniors Hailie Eackles and Miranda Seto providing the one-two punch, the Pinewood girls knocked out Dillard (Fla), 64-46, in the second round of the Nike Tournament of Champions on Monday in Phoenix, Ariz.

Eackles poured in 24 points, giving her 54 in two games, while Seto added 21 with 16 coming on free throws. Eackles made four 3-pointers and Seto added three as the Panthers improved to 4-2 heading into Round 3.

In the Saratoga Shootout, the Palo Alto girls (5-2) jumped out to a 15-point lead in the opening quarter and rolled to a 62-39 victory over Evergreen Valley in the second round on Monday. The win avenged a loss to Evergreen in the Pinewood Classic last week.

The Vikings grabbed a 32-14 halftime lead. Sophomore Stephanie Allen led the way with 12 points while junior Lindsey Black added 10.

In other boys' action:

Richard Harris tallied 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, but it still wasn't enough to prevent host Menlo School from dropping a 61-55 nonleague game on Monday night. Kent Lacob contributed 10 points while Jonny Halprin and Mac Osborne added eight points each for the Knights (1-3), who trailed by only one point heading into the fourth quarter.


The Priory girls put themselves in position to possibly win the Burlingame Winter Showcase with a 1-0 victory over the host Panthers on Monday afternoon. Priory will play Sacred Heart Cathedral on Tuesday evening, with a victory or tie giving Priory the tourney championship.

Priory got the game-winning goal in the 18th minute after Mariana Galvan broke through two defenders and was taken out by the Burlingame keeper, resulting in a penalty kick. Galvan converted the PK and the goal stood up for the win. Priory keeper Liz Oliphant earned the shutout while defenders Alison Perna, Molly Simpson and freshman Kaitlyn Teoman all had solid defensive games.

"The girls responded well with a fast start and dominated in the attack," said first-year coach Ramiro Arredondo, a former Priory standout player. "Junior defender Molly Simpson was back in the lineup after missing the Saturday night match versus Hillsdale. Simpson was able to control the BHS attack and didn't give them any solid looks at our goal."

In another Burlingame tourney match, Pinewood fell to Santa Clara, 4-1.

In boys' action, Gunn suffered a second straight deadlock after battling to a 1-1 draw with Oak Grove in the Homestead Christmas Cup on Monday. Rory Runser scored the Titans' goal.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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