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Palo Alto girls basketball wins ninth straight

Kaella Peters scored 15 points to lead Palo Alto on Wednesday. Photo taken Jan. 2, 2022 by Karen Ambrose Hickey.

The Palo Alto girls basketball team finally got back in game action Wednesday for the first time in 16 days.

And the Vikings were tested right off the bat with Homestead, which hadn't played in 14 days but came in with a 10-3 record.

Paly got off to a cold start followed by a super hot second quarter to take the lead and held on through a back and forth second half to pull out a 48-46 victory.

"It felt like the first game of the season,'' Palo Alto coach Scott Peters said. "A great game to learn about ourselves.''

Palo Alto (11-1, 2-0) made four of its nine 3-pointers in a 21-point second quarter to open a 10-point lead just before halftime.

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Homestead (10-4, 2-1) cut the lead to five after three quarters, but two 3-pointers by Kaella Peters and one by Vienn Sheng put Paly up 48-39. Homestead scored the final seven points of the game to pull within two and had possession for the last shot with a chance to tie to send the game to overtime or to win it with a 3.

The Palo Alto bench reacts to a big play. Photo taken Jan. 2, 2022 by Karen Ambrose Hickey.

The shot in the lane missed and Paly rejoiced.

"Nadia Brown played great defense on that last shot,'' coach Peters said.

Kaella Peters led the way for Paly with 15 points, making three 3-pointers. Brown, Sheng and Itzel Torres had two 3s apiece.

Jessica Fiske, averaging 10 rebounds per game on the season, had 12 boards, six offensive. Torres pulled down 11 rebounds, four on the offensive end.

Tatum Leuenberger led Homestead with 15 points.

"This team has a great culture of working hard in practice,'' coach Peters said. "They try to get better. It's fun to go to games, fun to go to practice. And we haven't played our best basketball. We can get better. I'm starting two freshmen (Sheng and Natalie Neumann) and a freshman and a sophomore (Katherine Garr and Brown) are my first subs. They're going to soak it in and get better.''

Paly plays at Saratoga on Friday prior to a three-game week: a makeup game at Wilcox on Monday, home with Lynbrook Wednesday and a makeup at Los Gatos on Friday.

Los Gatos edged Los Altos 42-41 on Wednesday, keeping pace with Paly atop the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division standings, each at 2-0.

Los Gatos owns an 11-game winning streak while Paly has won nine straight.

In the El Camino Division, Gunn fell to division leader Monta Vista 59-37.

Monta Vista opened an early lead and Gunn (8-5, 2-2), playing without Mollie Kuelker, could never mount a rally.

Vallory Kuelker registered a double-double with 19 points and 10 steals to go with a team-high five rebounds.

Mountain View remained a half-game behind Monta Vista, beating Fremont 33-27.

A big third-quarter put the Spartans (9-4, 4-1) in position to hang on for the victory.

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Palo Alto girls basketball wins ninth straight

by / Palo Alto Online

Uploaded: Thu, Jan 20, 2022, 10:52 am

The Palo Alto girls basketball team finally got back in game action Wednesday for the first time in 16 days.

And the Vikings were tested right off the bat with Homestead, which hadn't played in 14 days but came in with a 10-3 record.

Paly got off to a cold start followed by a super hot second quarter to take the lead and held on through a back and forth second half to pull out a 48-46 victory.

"It felt like the first game of the season,'' Palo Alto coach Scott Peters said. "A great game to learn about ourselves.''

Palo Alto (11-1, 2-0) made four of its nine 3-pointers in a 21-point second quarter to open a 10-point lead just before halftime.

Homestead (10-4, 2-1) cut the lead to five after three quarters, but two 3-pointers by Kaella Peters and one by Vienn Sheng put Paly up 48-39. Homestead scored the final seven points of the game to pull within two and had possession for the last shot with a chance to tie to send the game to overtime or to win it with a 3.

The shot in the lane missed and Paly rejoiced.

"Nadia Brown played great defense on that last shot,'' coach Peters said.

Kaella Peters led the way for Paly with 15 points, making three 3-pointers. Brown, Sheng and Itzel Torres had two 3s apiece.

Jessica Fiske, averaging 10 rebounds per game on the season, had 12 boards, six offensive. Torres pulled down 11 rebounds, four on the offensive end.

Tatum Leuenberger led Homestead with 15 points.

"This team has a great culture of working hard in practice,'' coach Peters said. "They try to get better. It's fun to go to games, fun to go to practice. And we haven't played our best basketball. We can get better. I'm starting two freshmen (Sheng and Natalie Neumann) and a freshman and a sophomore (Katherine Garr and Brown) are my first subs. They're going to soak it in and get better.''

Paly plays at Saratoga on Friday prior to a three-game week: a makeup game at Wilcox on Monday, home with Lynbrook Wednesday and a makeup at Los Gatos on Friday.

Los Gatos edged Los Altos 42-41 on Wednesday, keeping pace with Paly atop the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division standings, each at 2-0.

Los Gatos owns an 11-game winning streak while Paly has won nine straight.

In the El Camino Division, Gunn fell to division leader Monta Vista 59-37.

Monta Vista opened an early lead and Gunn (8-5, 2-2), playing without Mollie Kuelker, could never mount a rally.

Vallory Kuelker registered a double-double with 19 points and 10 steals to go with a team-high five rebounds.

Mountain View remained a half-game behind Monta Vista, beating Fremont 33-27.

A big third-quarter put the Spartans (9-4, 4-1) in position to hang on for the victory.

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