Edison surges past H.B.

Trailing by three at the half, Chargers girls' basketball team dominates fourth quarter to post 61-44 victory against rival.

January 12, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Huntington Beach's Maya Kennedy shoots over Edison's Lauren Grego during a Sunset League game at Edison High.
Huntington Beach's Maya Kennedy shoots over Edison's… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Round One goes to Edison.

The first huge game of the 2011 Sunset League girls' basketball season — between Edison and Huntington Beach — took place Tuesday in just the second game on the schedule. The host Chargers parlayed a big fourth-quarter run into a 61-44 victory over the Oilers.

Huntington, ranked fourth in CIF Division 2AA, held a 28-25 halftime lead over Edison, which is the top-ranked team in Division 1A. But the Chargers took charge late by outscoring the Oilers, 17-3, in the fourth quarter, to get the win.

Bonnie Samuelson had 16 points, Christina Marquette 13 points and Karlie Samuelson 10 points for the Chargers, who improved to 15-1 and 2-0 in league.

Kelsey Minato scored 15 points, Maya Kennedy 14 points and Jill Nakaso 10 points for the Oilers, who are now 14-2 and 1-1 in league.


"We played very well in the first half, but Edison's defense tightened up on us in the second half," Huntington Coach Russ McClug said. "It was a good game until Edison went on that 17-3 run."

In league openers played Jan. 6, Edison scored a 103-28 win over Fountain Valley and Huntington withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally by visiting Los Alamitos to post a 45-38 victory. Karlie Samuelson had 29 points, Bonnie Samuelson 25 points and Monay Lee 14 points for the Chargers and Allison Yoshinaga scored nine points to lead Fountain Valley. Minato had 13 points and Kennedy 12 more for the Oilers.

The league race continues today at 7 p.m., with Edison hosting Newport Harbor and Huntington Beach home to Fountain Valley.

Brethren Christian: The Warriors, ranked third in CIF Division 5A, nabbed their second win in as many Academy League games Friday by defeating Oxford Academy, 40-15. Brethren Christian held the Patriots to just four first-half points in taking a 23-4 lead at the break. Madison Desler topped all scorers with 11 points, nine coming on three, three-point shots. Sara Hodges had nine points and Emily Hammond eight points.

The Warriors hosted the Small School Showcase on Saturday at Liberty Christian High in Huntington Beach, where they took on Valley Christian. Brethren Christian fell to the Crusaders, the No. 4 team in Davison 4A, 62-25. Warriors Coach Jeff Wallace said the offensive play of Brooke Hernandez and defense by Diannia Demazeliere were bright spots in the loss.

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