Marina edges rival Barons

Girls' basketball team uses big third quarter to defeat Fountain Valley and move into second-place tie in Sunset League.

February 02, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Fountain Valley's Allyson Yoshinaga has a shot blocked by Marina's Sloan Turner during a Sunset League game at Fountain Valley High School.
Fountain Valley's Allyson Yoshinaga has a shot… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

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.


Kimi Kamada had nine points, Toyen Le eight points and Leslie La seven points for the Barons, who fell to 1-6 in league.

In league games Jan. 27, Marina downed Newport Harbor, 45-30 and Fountain Valley fell, 69-30, to Edison. Fredlow called Heather Hollander's performance against the Sailors (1-6 in league) "her best game of the year," after the senior hit a pair of three-pointers en route to a game-high 14 points.

"It wasn't the most beautiful thing to see, especially with our student-athletes in the midst of finals, so to say that their 'heads were somewhere else,' would be fair," Fredlow said of his team's showing against the Sailors, who fell to 1-6 in league. "We were able to keep Newport Harbor to single-digit scoring in all four quarters and we did a solid job of defending their two best post players."

At 7 tonight, Marina hosts Los Alamitos and Fountain Valley entertains Huntington Beach. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Vikings are home to Huntington Beach in a pivotal game and the Barons host Newport Harbor.


Brethren Christian: The Warriors improved their Academy League record to 5-2 Tuesday by defeating Oxford Academy, 41-20. Madison Desler led all scorers with 11 points, with nine coming on three-point shots. Sara Hodges and Diannia Demaziliere each added eight points.

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