For the second time in three seasons, Pinewood made a trip to Stockton to play powerful St. Mary’s for a berth in the Northern California Open Division girls basketball championship game.
And just like in 2016, Pinewood turned the bus ride back to Los Altos Hills into a party.
It was smiles and jubilation for the third-seeded Panthers as they left San Joaquin Delta College with a 59-56 victory to set up another date with Archbishop Mitty.
The Central Coast Section powers will return to Santa Clara University on Saturday night for the regional championship 15 days after Mitty defeated Pinewood 76-62 at SCU for the section’s Open Division crown.
Hannah Jump led Pinewood on Tuesday with 19 points, and Brianna Claros added 11 points and seven assists.
Pinewood also got 11 points from Courtni Thompson.
The Panthers took command early, outscoring second-seeded St. Mary’s 25-14 in the first quarter on their way to a 39-27 halftime lead.
The advantage was still 12 entering the fourth quarter but the gap tightened as St. Mary’s made a late rally.
Pinewood held on to improve its record to 26-2.
St. Mary’s finished the season 27-3.
Clair Steele scored 32 as fourth-seeded Miramonte traveled to San Jose and cruised past top-seeded Presentation 69-52 to advance to the NorCal Division I final on Saturday at Santa Clara University against Sacred Heart Cathedral, a 69-47 winner over St. Francis.
Sharon Roldan finished with 14 points to lead Presentation.
Carter Mahaney scored 28 points and David Ahazie had 16 to lead Campolindo to the brink of victory, but the Cougars fell just short of reaching the NorCal Division II final, losing to St. Mary’s-Stockton 67-65 at San Joaquin Delta College.
Campo jumped to a 17-8 lead after one quarter and held a 35-28 advantage at halftime.
St. Mary’s cut the deficit to three entering the fourth quarter and rallied to earn a matchup at top-seeded Alameda in the regional final Saturday night.
Check back later for updates.
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