Woodside, a nonfactor in Peninsula Athletic League girls basketball the past several decades, dominated Wednesday's showdown between 4-0 teams in the PAL South, defeating host San Mateo 54-41 in a game that was not as close as the final score indicated.
Woodside (12-3, 5-0) is in uncharted waters, tied for first place with Menlo-Atherton. Just last season, when the PAL was divided into Bay, Ocean and Lake power divisions, Woodside was a third-place team in the Lake, the weakest division.
"We're growing as a team, maturing, and that has helped with our chemistry," point guard Tessie Rhodes said. "It's exciting to win games and have people coming to support us.''
Madison Michelis led Woodside with 21 points, and Tiianna Williams had 17 rebounds. Second-year coach Hayley Grossman is in her fourth year with the program, having coached the frosh-soph for two years before taking over the varsity. She has tried to impart the lessons she leaned playing for Kelly Shea-Gallo at Mills.
"I want to make sure they have the same kind of experience I had," Grossman said. "We'll work hard and see what happens."
Woodside led 28-10 at halftime and 38-14 in the third quarter before San Mateo (7-10, 4-1) rallied. Alana Simon scored 19 of her high 24 points in the second half, but the closest the Bearcats got was 47-37 with two minutes left.
"In the second half we chipped away, but it was too little, too late," San Mateo coach Nancy Dinges said.
Archbishop Mitty 73, Bellarmine College Prep 67: Aaron Gordon scored on a floater at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime, and the Monarchs (14-4, 8-0 West Catholic Athletic League) prevailed in double overtime for their 21st consecutive win against WCAL opposition. Gordon scored 33 points.
Mills 49, Hillsdale 44: Point guard Matt Wong scored 17 points to lead Mills (11-6, 4-1 PAL South), which withstood a late rally by Hillsdale (11-6, 3-2). The Knights were paced by Angelo Bautista's 15 points.
Santa Teresa 54, Piedmont Hills 41: Senior guards Tajai McGehee and Aaron Gallagher scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, to lead the visiting Saints (11-6, 4-4) past the Pirates (14-4, 6-2) in a BVAL Mt. Hamilton Division game. Santa Teresa held Piedmont Hills to just six points in the fourth quarter.
Leland 55, Westmont 36: Senior Nate Rohrer's game-high 17 points helped lift the visiting Chargers (13-5, 6-2) into a four-way tie for first place in the BVAL's Mt. Hamilton Division.
Leland will host fellow division leader Leigh (13-5, 6-2) on Friday night.
Leigh 59, Oak Grove 41: Senior guard Kimo Francisco had 12 points and junior guard Josh Verner netted 10 to lead a balanced Longhorns attack against the host Eagles.
Lynbrook 57, Saratoga 39: Senior Jackie Hudepohl scored 15 points and junior forward Paige Song added 11 as the visiting Vikings (16-2, 6-0) remained unbeaten in SCVAL De Anza Division play.
St. Francis 3, Presentation 0: Midfielder Annie Kingman scored two goals and assisted on another as the host Lancers (12-1-1, 6-1-1) won in West Catholic Athletic League action. Peyton Cassin also scored for St. Francis.
Palo Alto 2, Santa Clara 0: Sonny Lyu scored off a pass from Aoi Sugihara early in the second half to break up a scoreless tie. Lyu's shot went high into the net. Then, just nine minutes into the second half, the Vikings made it 2-0 on a goal by Nina Kelty. Santa Clara threatened, but was unable to get a shot past Palo Alto goalkeeper Erin Chang.
Palo Alto (6-0-1 SCVAL De Anza) had nine shots on goal to one for Santa Clara (4-1-2), which played Paly to a 1-1 draw in the teams' first meeting.
Santa Teresa 2, Leland 1: A second-half goal by Ali Yost was the difference as host Santa Teresa (9-1-2, 7-0-1) remained undefeated in BVAL Mount Hamilton Division play.
Piedmont Hills 4, Overfelt 0: Eleane Romero scored two goals as Piedmont Hills (9-1-3, 7-0) stayed undefeated in BVAL West Valley Division play.