By now, the whole world knows how the Menlo girls' basketball team is going to attack you.
They're going to feed Drew Edelman.
And they're going to keep doing it until you stop them.
No one wearing the blue and yellow is pulling any Houdini acts here.
But no matter how many times you've seen that formula put into play during Edelman's career, there is still something magical about its efficiency and that was the case for Menlo Tuesday night during the Central Coast Section Division IV semifinal at Notre Dame-Belmont against Scotts Valley.
The No. 2 Knights beat the Falcons 58-46 behind Edelman's 30 points and 22 rebounds. And if it wasn't for a third quarter when she only hit a pair of free throws while her other teammates warmed up, Edelman could have easily had a lot more.
"We came out strong," said Menlo head coach John Paye who has his team one win away from a CCS title. "We were able to get the ball into Drew, Drew was able to finish. We had a lot of intensity. Scotts Valley is a tough team. We've battled them every year for the last five years. They're well coached. They have competitors. They never gave up. I wouldn't expect anything less from them."
On Tuesday, the Knights appeared to deflate the Falcons from the get-go with their efficiency. With the score 6-5 in Scotts Valley's favor, the Knights put some weight on the accelerator and went on a 10-0 run. They'd then close the quarter on a 7-0 clip to lead 24-13 after one -- and it was actually a 13-0 run if you add the first couple of minutes of the second quarter in there.
Behind all that initial offense was Edelman and her 22 points and 11 rebounds.
The Falcons did their best to try and trim a 33-19 halftime deficit but realistically, the Knights were never in any real danger. Scotts Valley got to within 12 points before Menlo went on a 7-0 run to close the quarter --this with the Falcon putting two or three defenders on Edelman on the block.
"I think we closed out well," Paye said of his team's defense. "I think we effected their shot sight lines and we did a good job weak-side rebounding."
The Falcons may have had the Knights a little fidgety in their seats when they pulled to within 11 points. But Maddy Price and her six fourth-quarter points (16 overall) made sure the lead did not dip below double digits.
"We were here two short years ago when we were ahead by four points with 28 seconds to go and Mercy-San Francisco and they a 3-pointer, a steal and a 2-pointer to go ahead by one," Paye said when asked if he ever felt uncomfortable at any time during the fourth quarter. "So, I knew anything can happen. I was not relieved until the final buzzer sounded."
The Knights will play rival Sacred Heart Prep at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Foothill College in the DIV final.
"We felt like we were strong," Paye said when asked if the championship game is where he envisioned his squad getting to at the beginning of the season. "We have a good, solid team. I think we are peaking at the end. I have to hand it to our seniors. We have four seniors on our team that they know it was one and done tonight. And they stepped up their game and really rallied the whole team."