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Locals are well traveled

High School Basketball

With tournament season in full swing, area teams are competing in four states during holidays.

December 28, 2011|By Mike Sciacca
  • Edison's Monay Lee drives past an Oxnard defender for a layup.
Edison's Monay Lee drives past an Oxnard defender… (DON LEACH, HB Independent )

The two-week holiday break has sent local prep basketball teams across the Southland and country for tournament games. Teams have hit destinations such as Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Palm Desert.

Locally, two girls' basketball tournaments are in their final stages. Edison is hosting the Orange County Championships and Marina is hosting the Larry Doyle Basketball Classic. Both events conclude Thursday with consolation and championship action.

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Girls' Basketball

Brethren Christian: The Warriors stormed to a 26-0 first-quarter lead on Desert Chapel on Tuesday at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic (Small Schools Division) and went on to a 54-22 victory, with every Warrior hitting the scoring column. BC's balanced attack was led by 10 points each from senior center Kate Jensen and junior guard Sara Hodges.

The Warriors face Desert Mirage at the tournament Thursday.

Edison: The Chargers began play at the Orange County Championships tournament Monday and came away with a 79-19 pasting of Oxnard. On Tuesday, Edison routed St. Anthony of Long Beach, 78-52, in the quarterfinals. In the win over St. Anthony, freshman center Katie Lou Samuelson dropped in a game-high 29 points, junior point guard Karlie Samuelson scored 22 and senior forward Rilee Horton scored 12.

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Last week, Edison finished up play at the Arizona Nike Tournament of Champions. In their final game, the Chargers downed Villa Marina Academy of Pennsylvania, 61-50. Katie Lou Samuelson scored 27 points to lead the way. Junior guard Geena Gomez scored 17 points, senior forward Monay Lee added 11 points and Horton had six points.

The Orange County Championships, a 16-team event, concludes Thursday. Games begin at 9 a.m. and the championship final is at 8 p.m..

Fountain Valley: The Barons began the Costa Mesa Tournament on Tuesday and edged Heritage of Sun City in overtime, 52-51. Senior forward Carly Ducat scored 15 points and sophomore forward Lora Bender and junior guard Jasmine Matar had 10 and nine points, respectively.

Fountain Valley fell behind early to undefeated El Toro (12-0) in nonleague action Dec. 22 and couldn't bounce back and fell to the Chargers, 62-38. Sophomore guard/forward Emily Krause had 10 points for the Barons.

Fountain Valley, which won eight games a year ago, is 7-4.

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