Oilers try to keep pace

High School Basketball

Huntington Beach girls' team improves to 5-1 in league after win against Fountain Valley, but Edison (6-0) remains clear favorite.

January 25, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Huntington Beach's Kelsey Minato (5), right, and Fountain Valley"s Jocelyn Calvillo (2) battle for a rebound during Monday's game at Huntington Beach High School.
Huntington Beach's Kelsey Minato (5), right, and… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

Sunset League girls' basketball teams began the second and final leg of their 2012 schedules Monday and defending-champion Edison continued to head the six-team pack.

The Chargers ran their league mark to 6-0 by easily handling visiting Newport Harbor, 67-31. Huntington Beach stayed a game back of the Chargers by scoring a 66-49 home court win over Fountain Valley, and Marina dropped a 45-38 decision to visiting Los Alamitos.

In the Huntington Beach victory, its third this season against Fountain Valley, senior point guard Kelsey Minato paced the Oilers' attack by scoring a game-high 24 points. Senior guard Maya Kennedy added 13 points.

The win pushed Huntington, which jumped out to a 21-4 first-quarter lead, to 5-1 in league and 17-4 overall.

"We are having another fine year, led by Kelsey (Minato) and Maya (Kennedy)," Huntington Coach Russ McClurg said. "We are completely healthy right now and playing very well on defense. Sophomore Paola Roa has taken her game to the next level and has plenty of attention from Division 1 colleges.


"I am really happy with the team progress this season and we hope we can continue to play at a high level. Edison is the team to beat in league."

Brethren Christian: The Warriors completed the first round of Academy League play Friday with a 45-20 loss to St. Margaret's. Senior guard Diania Demaziliere scored nine points for BC, which is in third place in the league standings at 3-2 and 15-6 overall.

The Warriors take on Whitney at 6 p.m. Friday.

Edison: The Chargers strolled to an early lead on Newport Harbor and cruised past the Sailors. Monay Lee led all scorers with 20 points. Karlie Samuelson scored 17 points and Geena Gomez had 10 points.

Edison (17-2) also scored a 59-37 league win Jan. 13 over Los Alamitos and on Saturday beat The Bishop's School of La Jolla, 75-59at the Orange County/San Diego Shootout at Santa Margarita High. Samuelson posted a game-best 28 points, younger sister, Katie Lou, scored 26 and Lee added 10 points in Saturday's win.

Edison hosts Troy in a 6 p.m. nonleague game Saturday. The teams met in March in the CIF Division 1A title game, a game won by Edison, 45-44. Next week, the Chargers return to league play for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday at Fountain Valley.

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