Oilers go the distance

Huntington Beach girls' basketball team has hit 132 three-pointers, which has shattered the school record for threes in a season.

January 26, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Ocean View's Josh Smith, right, battles with Santa Ana's John Guerra for a loose ball in the first half.
Ocean View's Josh Smith, right, battles with Santa… (DON LEACH, HB Independent )

The Huntington Beach girls' basketball team continues to shoot its way through the school record books.

When the Oilers defeated Newport Harbor, 61-25, they connected on eight three-point shots en route to an easy win over the visiting Sailors. The eight treys pushed the teams' season total to 132, a school record. The old mark of 93 was set by the 1993-94 team that won the Sunset League championship.

Huntington Coach Russ McClurg served as an assistant on that '93-94 team.

Maya Kennedy hit three three-pointers and led the Oilers with a game-high 15 points. Kelsey Minato is the team-leader from behind the arc with 39.

"It is a tremendous accomplishment that I am very proud of the girls for," McClurg said. "The girls work very hard on taking quality shots versus quantity."

In addition to continuing to build on a school record for threes, McClurg is honing in on a coaching milestone: his 250th career win. If his Oilers pick up two more victories this year, he'll reach that mark.


McClurg is 145-56 at Huntington (eighth year) and prior to that, he was 103-58 in six seasons as head coach at Calvary Chapel (Santa Ana), where he guided the program to a CIF championship, Southern California championship and was runner-up to the CIF State Division 4 title during the 1998-99 season.

"I am very proud of the success we have had this year and also very thankful for all the kids that I have had the opportunity to coach over the years," he said. " If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be the coach that I am today. I am certainly thankful for all of the great memories and look forward to many more to come. It has been an amazing year so far."

Huntington begins round two of Sunset play at 7 p.m. today at Los Alamitos.

In other girls' basketball action:

Brethren Christian: The Warriors ended the first-half of Academy League play Friday with a 37-35 overtime win over Sage Hill. BC used a 10-4 fourth-quarter surge to earn overtime. Rebekah Rudd led the Warriors with 13 points, including five in overtime. Sara Hodges and Diannia Demaziliere each scored six points and Emily Hammond added five points and 12 rebounds.

BC plays league foe Crean Lutheran South during the school's King Warrior Night festivities. The game will be played at Ocean View High to accommodate an anticipated large crowd. The Warriors also play Saturday against Pacifica (Garden Grove). The nonleague game tentatively is set for 3 p.m.

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