SAN JOSE -- The Westmoor girls basketball team is extremely young and quite small. But the Rams make up for what they lack with an excess of quickness and open-court skill, traits on full display Saturday in a 54-28 victory over Leland in a Central Coast Section Division II quarterfinal at Oak Grove High.
No. 2 seed Westmoor (21-7) advances to play No. 6 Woodside, a 50-49 winner over Westmont, in the semifinals, Tuesday at Christopher High. Westmoor defeated Woodside 48-36 in the Peninsula Athletic League tournament semifinals last week.
Westmoor starts four sophomores and a junior. One of the normal starters, 5-foot guard Marlene Alcantara, sat out the game with a sprained ankle. Arraiya Perez, yet another sophomore, took her place in the starting lineup.
"The future looks promising," first-year coach Mike Keough said.
So does the present.
"I think we can win it," Keough said of his team's chances in CCS. "I believe in my girls. When we play well, we're a tough team to beat."
No. 10 seed Leland (15-13) got a tough break when Allison Clark, the team's leading scorer (11.1 points per game) and rebounder (10.1 per game), went down with a sprained ankle just minutes into the game and did not return.
Westmoor was already up 6-0 when the injury occurred and by the end of the quarter had extended the lead to 22-6. It was 35-19 at halftime before Westmoor put away the game with an 11-0 run to start the third quarter.
Marinel Alcantara, the one junior in the starting lineup, led the Rams with 15 points. Yazmeen Goo scored 12.
"She's our best all-around player," Keough said of Goo, the team's primary ballhandler as well as one of its top rebounders. "She can do it anywhere on the court. She controls our offense real well, plays very composed and gets the other players involved."
Mountain View 42, Los Altos 40: The No. 5 seed Spartans (24-2) erased a 10-point halftime deficit to pull out the win, their third in four games this season against No. 4 seed Los Altos.
Mountain View went on a 16-1 run over the third and fourth quarters to turn a 36-24 deficit into a 40-37 lead. A three-point play off an offensive rebound by Taylor Hall gave the Spartans their first lead at 38-37 with 2:49 left. Hall then scored off a steal to make it 40-37.
Rhea Bergman scored in the final seconds to bring Los Altos (18-7) within 41-40, but that was as close as the Eagles would get.
Hall led Mountain View with 13 points. Bergman and Ideen Seyed scored 14 points apiece for Los Altos.
Burlingame 63, Santa Cruz 53: Dana Michaels scored 21 points to lead Burlingame (26-2), the No. 1 seed in Division III. Michaels made thyree 3-pointers to bring her season total to 99. Lauren Rally added 19 points for the Panthers, who will play No. 5 seed Valley Christian, a 42-41 winner over No. 4 Mills, at Christopher on Wednesday in the semifinals. No. 2 Branham, a 51-43 winner over Saratoga, will play No. 3 Notre Dame-San Jose in the other semifinal. Notre Dame advanced with a 38-26 victory over Christopher.