Girls' basketball: Menlo, Sacred Heart, M-A

In Atherton, host Menlo School won a defensive battle and outscored rival Sacred Heart Prep by 17 points at the free-throw line on the way to a 39-24 victory in West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' basketball action Friday night.

The Knights (4-4, 13-9), who snapped a three-game losing streak, held the Gators (3-5, 12-10) to just four points in the first half -- including none in the second quarter. Menlo was led in scoring by Hannah Paye and McKenzie Duffner, with 10 and nine points, respectively. Defensively, Olivia Pellarin had eight rebounds and five blocks for the Knights.

M-A High

In the PAL Bay Division, it was a much-anticipated showdown between two of the top teams in the league and host Menlo-Atherton put up a good fight before coming up just short of upending co-leader Carlmont while dropping a 48-44 decision on Friday night in Atherton.

Carlmont (9-1, 20-2) jumped out to a 6-0 advantage and looked like the game would be repeat of their previous meeting. However, quarter by quarter, M-A closed the gap and trailed by only one point with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Bears (7-3, 17-7) rallied behind senior captain Emma Heath, who scored six of her 12 points in the fourth. Down by two with 15 seconds remaining, M-A missed a go-ahead 3-pointer and the Scots' Anisah Smith made both of her one-and-one free throws to seal the game.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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