Loaded Chargers back for more

Edison, fresh off three straight league titles, returns nine players from last season's CIF semifinalist squad.

December 01, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Bonnie Samuelson, one of the Southland's best players, returns for her senior season.
Bonnie Samuelson, one of the Southland's best players,… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

The 2010-11 girls' prep basketball season is underway this week. Marina got its season off to a promising start Tuesday by defeating Schurr, 52-46, in nonleague play.

Below is a capsule look at the local teams:


Edison Chargers

Head Coach: Dan Wiley (3rd year)

League: Sunset

2009-10 record: 24-6 (10-0 league, champions)

Returning players: Bonnie Samuelson (Wing, 6-3, Sr.); Christina Marquette (Wing, 5-8, Sr.); Jamie Taylor (G, 5-6, Sr.); Sydney Lara (G, 5-3, Sr.); Rilee Horton (F, 5-10 1/2, Jr.); McKenzie Clapp (Wing, 5-6, Jr.); Lauren Grego (Wing, 5-9, Jr.); Riley Lowe (G, 5-3, Soph.); Karlie Samuelson (G, 5-11, Soph.).

Quick take: The Chargers have won three straight Sunset titles. They return nine players from a team that a year ago reached the semifinals of the CIF Division 2AA playoffs. Bonnie Samuelson was the Sunset's MVP and All-CIF as a junior. Her younger sister, Karlie, was first-team all-league and also All-CIF. Marquette was also first-team all-league and both Horton and Grego were second-team all-league picks. Wiley said his Chargers will be "road warriors" early on: they don't play their first home game until Jan. 11. "I wanted to toughen up our nonleague schedule," he said. A challenging nonleague slate that includes the Nike National Tournament in Phoenix, Best in the West tournament and the Nike Extravaganza in the coming months, begins at 7 p.m. Monday against Aliso Niguel at the University Tournament.


Coach's outlook: "We have a chance to do really well with our experience, but it is up to the girls to work hard to reach their full potential," Wiley said. "We have no problems with our offensive ability, but we have to do a better job on defense."


Brethren Christian Warriors

Head Coach: Jeffrey Wallace (3rd year)

Coaching staff: Claire Gocke

League: Academy

2009-10 record: 13-12 (6-4 league, second-place)

Returning players: Rebekah Rudd (Post, 6-2, Sr.); Kirsten Sakata (G, 5-7, Sr.); Madison Desler (G, 6-0, Sr.); Emily Hammond (F, 5-6, Jr.); Sara Hodges (G, 5-4, Soph.).

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