Editor's Note: The Independent looks back on the 2011-2012 high school season. Below is the second of three parts, focusing on the winter season.
The New Year started with a bang for local teams.
In girls' basketball, Huntington Beach — which shared the Sunset League title with Edison — reached the CIF Southern Section Division 1A final, where the Oilers were edged by top-ranked Summit, 56-51. The Oilers were making their first championship game appearance in 34 years. The school also finished runner-up in 1978. Huntington also reached the second-round of the CIF State Championships SoCal Regionals, where it was defeated by host and top-seed Mater Dei. The Oilers had set a school single-game record for three-point shots (17) in a first-round win over San Diego. The Oilers hit 250 three-pointers in the 2011-12 season.
"It was a great season with lots of great memories," Huntington Coach Russ McClurg said. "I told the girls this might be one of the greatest teams in school history. They played with great discipline and made their families, school and coaches very proud. I was very proud and thankful to be a around such a great group of girls."