Marina turned a big third-quarter performance into a key Sunset League girls' basketball road victory Tuesday as the Vikings defeated Fountain Valley, 43-29.
Marina pulled away from a one-point halftime lead (16-15) by outscoring the Barons, 14-2, in the third quarter to take control. Alyssa Kinoshita hit three three-point shots and scored a game-high 16 points, Sloan Turner contributed 10 points and Melissa Lindquist played "very solid basketball," Marina Coach Butch Fredlow said.
"We played very tight in the first half, but in the third quarter we were able to gain the upper hand on Fountain Valley, holding them to two points," Fredlow said. "In the last 24 meetings, we have defeated Fountain Valley 23 times and we now have a distinct advantage in securing our 12th consecutive automatic playoff berth. It was a good team effort and focus."
The Vikings improved to 14-8 and 5-2 in league. Their win, coupled with Huntington Beach's loss Tuesday to Edison, moves them into a second-place tie with the Oilers.