Pinewood girls top Palo Alto in CCS basketball playoffs

Pinewood girls top Palo Alto in CCS basketball playoffs


Welcome back to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) prep roundup. Here’s the best of Friday’s action in boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball:

Girls basketball

No. 1 Archbishop Mitty 80, Capuchino 29

Olivia Williams scored 17 points, all but six in the first quarter, to lead five-time defending Central Coast Section Open Division champion Mitty to a dominant opening-round victory on its home court.

Mitty will play host to No. 5 seed Priory, a 53-46 winner over No. 4 seed Valley Christian, in the semifinals Wednesday.

MORE: Look here for Curtis Pashelka’s complete recap on the Mitty-Cap game

No. 2 Pinewood 97, Palo Alto 61

Pinewood, the Bay Area News Group’s second-ranked team, took its first step toward another appearance in a CCS Open Division final with a quarterfinal victory at home in Los Altos Hills over Palo Alto, which brought a six-game winning streak to the matchup.

Junior Elle Ladine (18 points), senior Una Jovanovic (15 points) and junior Emily Lee (14 points) led the way for the second-seeded Panthers.

The Pinewood bench celebrates a basket against Palo Alto on Friday night. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) 

Seniors Annika Shah (26 points) and Carly Martin (13 points) were No. 7 seed Palo Alto’s top scorers.

Pinewood led by 10 at the end of the first quarter and 13 at halftime.

The Panthers took complete command in the third quarter, outscoring Palo Alto 24-6 to push the advantage to 70-39.

Pinewood (15-0), which has lost to Mitty in each of the last five Open Division finals. will play host to third-seeded St. Ignatius in the semifinals Wednesday.

Palo Alto finished 14-6.

MORE: Scroll to the bottom of this roundup for Pinewood-Palo Alto photos

Additional prep coverage

No. 3 Salesian 83, Hercules 15

Salesian’s season came to an end with a one-sided victory on the road over Hercules in Tri-County Athletic League play.

With no playoffs in the North Coast Section this academic year, the Pride won’t have an opportunity to continue on after finishing the regular season 14-1, its only loss to St. Mary’s of Stockton.

Thirteen Salesian players scored Friday, led by Nevaeh Asiasi, who had 15 points. Satchel Ford and Georgia Pournaras each had 10 points.

No. 9 St. Ignatius 49, Menlo 42

Trailing by seven points after three quarters, third-seeded St. Ignatius heated up down the stretch to win at home against No. 6 seed Menlo to advance to the CCS Open semifinals against Pinewood.

Soon Ja Elzey had 12 points and Mali Ennis finished with 10 points to lead St. Ignatius (13-4).

Avery Lee scored 19 points for Menlo (4-5).

Boys basketball

No. 2 Archbishop Mitty 79, Palma 40

Mitty, the top seed in the CCS Open Division playoffs, broke open its quarterfinal game at home against Palma with a 14-0 run on its way to its 13 consecutive victory.

Four players scored in double figures for the winners: Arrish Bhandal (17 points), Derek Sangster (16), Michael Mitchell (14) and Nigel Burris (12).

MORE: Look here for Curtis Pashelka’s complete recap of the Mitty-Palma game

No. 6 Bishop O’Dowd 76, No. 7 Piedmont 70

Jarin Edwards poured in 24 points and Cameron Brown had a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead Bishop O’Dowd.

The Dragons, who have one more game today, a non-league matchup at 2 p.m. against University-San Francisco at Bishop O’Dowd, completed West Alameda County Conference play at 7-0.

Piedmont ended the season 7-3 in league play and 11-5 overall.

Bishop O’Dowd coach Lou Richie said he’s been told there will be no league champion in a season that was shortened and pushed to the spring by COVID-19. But what’s the league going to do if O’Dowd wants to hang a banner in the gym? Many teams, after all, are ignoring official league recognition this academic year and calling themselves champions.

Richie said Brown, a 6-foot-2 junior “point guard in the making” had a coming-out performance against Piedmont. The Dragons, who are 8-4 overall, had three players in double figures, with Henry Palmer also scoring 13.

Piedmont led 36-34 at the half after falling behind by 13 at the end of the first quarter. But O’Dowd took control in the third period and went into the final eight minutes leading 54-49. — Mike Lefkow

Half Moon Bay celebrates the final moments of its 71-68 victory over Bellarmine on Friday night. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

No. 9 Half Moon Bay 72, Bellarmine 69

Half Moon Bay, seeded fifth, built a 22-point lead in the third quarter but had to make a defensive stand in the closing seconds to beat No. 4 seed Bellarmine and reach the CCS Open semifinals.

Sean Kennedy scored 23 points and Mykola Ediger finished with 21 points to lead Half Moon Bay (21-3). The Cougars also got 14 points from Ben McKnight.

Cole Despie (17 points), Josh Wolf-Bloom (14 points) and Zach Turner (13 points) led Bellarmine, which finished 7-7.

MORE: Look here for Darren Sabedra’s complete recap of the HMB-Bellarmine game

St. Ignatius 54, Serra 46

Ryan Conroy finished with 14 points and Ethan Jew scored 11 points to propel third-seeded St. Ignatius, playing at home in San Francisco, to a victory over sixth-seeded Serra in the CCS Open playoffs.


No. 8 Menlo-Atherton 16, Terra Nova 0

Griffin Williams went 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs and Max Coupe also homered as Menlo-Atherton improved to 19-6 heading into today’s regular-season finale at home against Branham.

Coupe, Colin Galles, Rowen Barnes and Tommy Eisenstat knocked in two runs each and George Zaharias struck out eight in three innings for the winners.

No. 9 Capuchino 6, Sacred Heart Prep 0

Cesar Ceron had two hits, scored a run and drove in two and Jackson Moore pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts as Capuchino finished the regular season 20-4.

Mission San Jose 7, James Logan 6

Mission San Jose, playing at home in Fremont, followed its upset of Moreau Catholic this week with a dramatic win over James Logan in the season finale.