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Girls Varsity Basketball Advances to CIF Regional Semi-Finals with Win over Heritage

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The Bears defeated Heritage High School, 71-46, in the second round of the Northern California Division One Tournament on Saturday, February 12.

M-A managed to keep a two-point lead over the Patriots throughout the first half of the game, playing well on both ends of the court. Sophomore Carly McLanahan and freshman Mele Kailahi led the Bears in the first half with nine and seven points respectively. Junior Ofa Sili and sophomore Greer Hoyam controlled the paint in the first half, contributing five points each.

The Bears gained a substantial lead to start the third quarter and carried that momentum to end the quarter ahead at 55-39. Hoyem added an additional 11 points for the Bears and juniors Ilana Baer and Megan Sparrow contributed crucial defensive plays and forced multiple turnovers. The Bears continued their aggressive defense and momentum through the fourth quarter to win 71-46.

Baer concluded, “Overall, we played a pretty solid game. At halftime we were only up by two points, so coming into the second half we really picked up our intensity on defense and were able to come up with a lot of steal and fast break points.”

Baer expressed how proud she is of the Bears’, “really successful season this year and how the team has bonded so well. Everyone has greatly improved and contributed. Winning is great, but what makes the season so memorable is being able to play basketball with my friends and sharing the success with them. There is nothing better than getting to be with some of your closest friends everyday playing for a winning team.”

Watch highlights from the game here:

The Bears proceed to the regional semi-finals against first-seed Saint Francis in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 15. Best of luck Lady Bears!

My name is Elise Carlomagno and I am a junior at M-A. This is my first year in journalism. I am looking forward to expanding my writing skills and uncovering new stories. I have played volleyball at M-A for three years on the JV team and will be playing at Palo Alto Academy for the club season.

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