BURLINGAME -- The way the regular season ended Tuesday was sweet indeed for the Burlingame seniors.
Five seniors start for the Burlingame girls basketball team. They didn't have much in the way of positive memories from their first three years, a time in which the Panthers were a combined 28-49. But after a 50-42 win over Woodside in a showdown of the two top teams in the Peninsula Athletic League South Division, Burlingame (22-2, 11-1) earned a co-championship, tying for first place with Woodside. The Panthers will get the PAL South's No. 1 seed, by virtue of having won the head-to-head matchup with Woodside (19-4, 11-1), in the PAL Tournament, which begins Thursday.
"It's really cool for the kids,'' said first-year coach Bill Lepeltak. "They hadn't had much luck the last three years. It was just a convergence of bad things like Dana Michaels not being able to play last year.''
Michaels, Burlingame's leading scorer on the season at 17.0 points per game, had 16 points Tuesday. She made three 3-pointers in the first quarter, bringing her season total to 87 and helping the Panthers take a 19-7 lead.
Burlingame led 34-18 at halftime and extended its lead to 40-19 in the third quarter. That's when Woodside finally started to mesh on offense, going on a 17-0 run to pull to within 40-36 with 3:30 left. But Burlingame righted itself down the stretch, and with Lauren Rally (16 points) going 6 of 6 at the foul line, was able to hold on for the win.'
Woodside's low-post tandem of Madison Michelis and Tiianna Williams was productive, much as it has been all season. Michelis had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Williams scored 11 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.
Woodside coach Hayley Grossman hopes the loss works as a wake-up call for her team as it heads into postseason play.
"Now they know what it feels like,'' Grossman said. "Burlingame wanted it more. I was happy with the second half, but it was too little, too late. Time wasn't our friend. Hopefully we'll play them again, have a little rematch.''
Burlingame 61, Woodside 45: Tyler Paratte and Nick Loew scored 16 points apiece as the Panthers (17-7, 12-0) completed an unbeaten run through the PAL South.
El Camino 73, Jefferson 31: D.J. Idolyantes scored a game-high 17 points as the Colts (20-4) capped PAL North play with a 12-0 mark.
Sequoia 41, Hillsdale 36: Julian Bertero scored 15 points to lead the Cherokees (11-13, 7-5), who finished in a three-way tie for third place in the PAL South with Mills and Menlo-Atherton. Mills lost the tiebreaker, so Sequoia and M-A will advance to the PAL tournament.
Sacred Heart Prep 52, Harker 51: Ricky Galliani scored 24 points for SHP (15-8, 11-2 WBAL), which led 18-1 after one quarter only to see Harker (16-7, 10-3) rally to take the lead after three quarters. Nicholas Nguyen led Harker with 18 points.
Archbishop Mitty 2, Presentation 0: Stephanie Probst and Stephanie Rebagliati scored goals to lift the unbeaten Monarchs (17-0-4) in the semifinals of the WCAL tournament. Senior midfielder Hannah Vane assisted on both goals.
Valley Christian 1, St. Francis 0: Kendra Stewart's first-half goal stood up as No. 3 seed Valley Christian (14-4-2) defeated No. 2 St. Francis. Valley Christian will play Mitty in the WCAL final Thursday at St. Francis at 5:30 p.m.
Santa Teresa 4, Leigh 0: Sophomore defender Tegan McGrady scored twice and added an assist as the host Saints (13-2-2, 11-1-1) secured at least a share of the BVAL's Mount Hamilton Division title. Senior midfielder Ali Yost scored once and assisted on both of McGrady's goals.