Girls basketball: Pinewood torches St. Francis from the perimeter

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Incredible Hulk goes, “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”

Well, the Pinewood girls basketball team doesn’t like it when they misfire. Barely 24 hours after escaping with a victory in the semifinals of the Joe Schram Holiday Basketball Classic on an off-shooting night, it’s safe to say the Panthers found their range in a 74-48 rout of host St. Francis.

“When we play like that, not too many teams can beat us,” Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler said. “Very few, as we proved last year when we beat St. Mary’s of Stockton. We got our shots, we got it rolling, the girls had a good vision of the ball going in as they were shooting it, mentally they were tough in terms of their shot selection.

“But it’s just a matter of getting belief in your shot.”

By halftime, Pinewood led 45-23. Against Palo Alto the night before, the final score was 42-40.

”Paly had a great game plan for us and it works when you’re not hitting shots,” Scheppler said. “Tonight we hit shots against a pretty similar defense, and we got them out of it.”

For the Panthers (10-2), it must have felt contagious, if not unconscious.

Pinewood knocked down eight 3-pointers in the first half, with junior Brianna Claros notching 17 of her game-high 24 points before intermission.

“She was fabulous tonight,” Scheppler said. “When she gets it going, we’re really good.”

Not far behind her was sophomore Klara Astrom, who when she wasn’t cleaning up the boards also find time to contribute 17…

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