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Chargers, Oilers capture titles

Huntington Beach girls' team wins Red Division crown, and Edison takes Anderson Division at NIKE Tournament of Champions.

December 29, 2010|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

The girls' basketball teams at Huntington Beach and Edison traveled to Arizona last week to test the competition at the prestigious Phoenix NIKE Tournament of Champions, and both the Oilers and Chargers returned to Surf City with division championship trophies.

Huntington took the Red Division championship Dec. 22 by running past Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth, 75-55, at Chandler, Ariz. Kelsey Minato had six three-point shots and 32 points and was named MVP of the division. Maya Kennedy scored 16 points and was named to the division's all-tournament first-team. The Oilers, who shot 65% from the field for the game, jumped out to a 16-0 lead on the Trailblazers.

"This was a great experience for our team because it taught us a lot about how important team chemistry is," Huntington Coach Russ McClurg said. "This tournament was great for the younger players and they learned a lot from it."

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Huntington began play Monday at the Winter Classic at Costa Mesa High and scored a 62-21 win over Bolsa Grande. Stephanie Louie hit three three-point shots and finished with 13 points for the Oilers.

Undefeated Edison, the top-ranked team in CIF Division 1A, won the Anderson Division at the NIKE Tournament of Champions Dec. 22 by edging previously undefeated Etiwanda, 58-54. Bonnie Samuelson netted a game-high 31 points and Karlie Samuelson had 19 points for the Chargers, who outscored the Eagles (8-1) by five points (31-26).

Edison continued holiday play Monday at the Best of the West tournament at Ayala High and routed Palmdale, 77-32. Bonnie Samuelson poured in 29 points, Karlie Samuelson 16 points and Lauren Grego 10 points for the Chargers, who improved to 10-0.

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In other girls' basketball:

Brethren Christian: The Warriors won their opening-round game Monday at the West Coast Jamboree in Antioch, 42-38 over Bret Harte Union (Angels Camp) to run their win streak to 10 games. BC overcame a sluggish first half — the Warriors trailed, 14-11 at the half, by outscoring the Bullfrogs by seven (12-5) in the third quarter. The Warriors then hit 10 of 13 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to get the win. BC's balanced scoring was led by Kirsten Sakata with 10 points followed by Sara Hodges with nine, Rebekah Rudd with seven and Madison Desler and Kate Jensen each contributed five points.

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