David Low hopes an interactive approach with his boys' basketball players will allow Carlmont High to go back to the future.
Scots' girls' basketball coach Ron Fontana also looks to the future, for a different reason. His team has been hit with injuries, ineligilities and a lack of senior leadership.
The boys team is 4-2 in the PAL South Division, 15-3 overall and won 12 straight at one point. The girls team is still looking for its first league victory.
This is an important week for both teams, with three games scheduled against Mills, Aragon and Woodside.
The game: Mills at Carlmont, today, 6 p.m.
Key stat: The Scots average 46.8 points a game, but allow an average of 36.9.
Key quote: "We're trying to solidify what we're doing. As a group we're trying to figure out what we're doing differently now than what we did in the preseason." -- Dave Low
Key players: Guards Mduduzi Hlatshawyo and Michael Costello, forward Yash Malik. "Mduduzi, he's a kid when you look at stats, he's not always there," Low said. "But he's one of our best defenders, handles the ball more than anyone else, rarely comes out and still plays at a high level."
Key opponents: Mills guards Joseph Worku and Matt Wong. Low thinks they may be the best tandem of guards in the league.
The game: Carlmont vs. Mills at Peninsula, today, 6 p.m.
Key stat: 1 -- the number of seniors on the team. Nolani Zane starts at the No. 2 position (shooting guard).
Key quote: "We're in games but we run out of gas. The main thing is they don't give up. Thy're trying hard. Give them a year or two." -- Ron Fontana
Key players: Starters are Zane, junior Anistah Smith and sophomores Rachel Lum, Sabrina Miller and Erin Lucett. Freshman Erin Alfonso will start in place of Lum, who is sick, against the Vikings. Other players include Zoe Higgins, Stina Plomgren and Stephannie Tong-Woo.
Key opponents: "Mills is one of the top three teams in the league," Fontana said. "I tell my team to play hard because anyone can beat anybody."
The PAL South Division Standings:
Boys: Burlingame 6-0 in league (11-7 overall); Mills 5-1 (12-6); Carlmont 4-2 (15-3); Aragon 4-2 (13-5); Hillsdale 3-3 (11-7); Sequoia 3-3 (8-13); Menlo-Atherton 3-3 (7-11); Woodside 2-4 (8-10); Capuchino 0-6 (3-12); San Mateo 0-6 (2-14).
Girls: Woodside 6-0 (13-3); Menlo-Atherton 5-1 (8-9); Burlingame 5-1 (16-2); Mills 4-2 (10-8); San Mateo 4-2 (7-11); Sequoia 3-3 (9-8); Capuchino 2-4 (7-10); Hillsdale 1-5 (3-14); Aragon 1-5 (2-15); Carlmont 0-6 (6-12).
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