No. 1 vs. No. 2 for all the marbles

Top-ranked Edison takes on perennial power Troy tonight for CIF Southern Section Division 1A girls' basketball title.

March 02, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Edison's Monay Lee (15), right, fights for a rebound with Rancho Cucamonga's Gaby Johnson (11) during Saturday's CIF playoff game at Huntington Beach High School.
Edison's Monay Lee (15), right, fights for a rebound… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

There are several ways to bill tonight's big girls' basketball game between the Edison Chargers and Troy Warriors: No. 1 vs. No. 2. The Big Rematch. Take your pick.

But there's one simple statement that stands out above all: it's for the CIF Southern Section Division 1A championship.

The top-ranked Chargers and second-ranked Warriors collide at 8:15 p.m. at Anaheim Arena.

Sunset League champion Edison is 28-3 and basically has waltzed its way to the division final. The Chargers had a first-round bye and then preceded to roll through No. 16 Arcadia (84-46), Corona (77-46) and Saturday bumped off No. 4 Rancho Cucamonga, 74-63, to move onto a division championship game for the second time in four years.

"We really have been taking our games one at a time and not looking ahead," said Bonnie Samuelson, a senior who will play next year at Stanford. "Now we can look ahead to this one game. We're excited and energized to be playing in the final. It's been an unbelievable senior year. It's been awesome."


Troy brings a 27-3 mark into tonight's showdown and maneuvered its way from its Fullerton campus for a short trip to Anaheim by virtue of impressive postseason wins over No. 15 Marlborough (63-19), No. 7 Chino Hills (42-34) and No. 3 Woodbridge (62-32).

It was apparent that Edison and Troy have been on a collision course from the start of postseason play.

"We've both been playing very well in the playoffs," said Roger Anderson, who is in his fourth year as head coach at Troy. "We're just glad to have another shot to play against Edison. The girls are excited."

Troy has come close to title glory the past three years, having reached the semifinals in each of those three seasons before being eliminated. The program, which has won 150 straight Freeway League games and 19 consecutive league championships, has five Southern Section titles to its credit, the last of which was captured in 2005-06.

The Warriors are a young squad with forward Madalene Barrett — who Anderson called the face of the program — the only senior in the starting lineup. Junior point guard Shelby Dougherty and three sophomores — Alecia Dimas, Gabby Hanson and Briana Roberson— also start.

Troy has just two seniors on its roster.

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