The win puts Marina (9-4) in today's consolation championship game, where
the Vikings will take on Alemany of Mission Hills in a 1:30 p.m. tip-off.
Marina first-year coach Butch Fredlow said he didn't know what to expect
Wednesday. Not only were the Vikings coming off a pair of two-point
games, but they would be playing their third tournament opponent without
leading scorer, Nikki Lee, who was out with the flu.
"With Nikki out, I really didn't know what to expect," Fredlow said. "But
some of our other girls really picked up the slack, and that was nice to
see. I really feel these girls are starting to come together."
Lee had scored 14 points Tuesday to lead the Vikings past Long Beach
Jordan, 47-45, but the senior forward's absence hardly noticed Wednesday.
Marina's tenacious defensive pressure allowed the Vikings to jump out to
a 10-4 first quarter lead, before building that advantage to 24-12 at the
With two minutes to go in the third quarter, Marina was well in command,
Junior Miranda Emde and senior Jun Okasoe, both guards, played a major
role in helping the Vikings stake their way to the 22-point lead.
"I thought we had played so well up until that fourth quarter," Fredlow
said. "But El Dorado's a very good, fundamentally strong team, and they
did a nice job of getting back into the game. We just need to find a way
to close a game."
Marina led by 16, 51-35, midway through the final period when the Golden
Hawks (7-6) made one final move.
Corrine Barham, a 5-foot-10 senior forward who tied Elaine Mar for
team-high scoring honors with 10 points, dropped in a pair of free throws
with 53 seconds left to bring El Dorado to within seven, 54-47. But the
Golden Hawks could get no closer, and Nicole Nicole Gerber's air ball on
a three-point shot attempt with 22 seconds left sealed their fate.
Mary Vaughan hit a free throw with 14 seconds remaining to close out the
Vaughan, who finished with 12 points, played her "best game of the
season," according to Fredlow, but it was Emde who led Marina with 21
The Vikings also got a boost from sophomore Nicole Nichols and freshman
Sarah McLeod, both of whom Fredlow brought up from the junior varsity
team for the tournament.
Both players saw playing time Wednesday. Nichols, who scored her first
basket at the varsity level against Castro Valley, pulled down two key
rebounds in the fourth quarter Wednesday.
Marina has now won two straight games since losing to Castro Valley of
Oakland, 58-56, in Monday's first-round action.