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Girls' Basketball Roundup: Edison, HB, FV earn first-round wins

Three local girls' basketball teams advance to Wednesday's second round.

February 20, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

Three local Sunset League girls' basketball teams emerged unscathed Saturday from the opening round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Edison, Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley all won to advance in postseason play. A fourth local team, Ocean View, was eliminated Saturday following a second-round playoff loss. The Chargers, Oilers and Barons each played a second-round game Wednesday but the scores from those games weren't available at press time.

Winners from Wednesday's games advance to division quarterfinal-round games which are at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Quarterfinal round games are at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Edison held off visiting Chino Hills, 47-40, in Division 1AA. Senior guard Geena Gomez scored 15 points and junior forward Loli Gomez scored 12 points for the No. 12-seed Chargers (18-7). Freshman Alyssa Atencio, who came into the game from the bench and hit a clutch, three-pointer to preserve the lead late in the game, finished with seven points.

Edison Coach Dan Wiley said his Chargers made only 16 of 60 shots from the field against the Cowboys, who tied for second place in the Sierra League.

"We need to shoot better if we are to advance," Wiley said. "That [16 of 60] won't get it done at any level."

Wiley said that freshman forward Justine Modde was injured after taking a charge with 2:26 left in the game and taken to a local hospital. He said Modde, who was released from the hospital that same night, suffered a "concussion and severe neck pain," and would not play in Edison's second-round game Wednesday against No. 5-seed Etiwanda (Baseline League No. 1).

Huntington Beach started the season in November with a win over Montebello Schurr, and started the Division 1-A playoffs with another win over the Spartans. The 60-44 road victory Saturday put the No. 12-seed Oilers into a second-round matchup Wednesday against No. 5-seed Ventura (Channel League No. 1).

Huntington, the third-place team from the Sunset League, jumped out to an early lead on Schurr (Almont League No. 2) and led by as many as 20 points. Junior guard Stephanie Louie led the scoring with 23 points and junior guard Paola Roa netted 19 points.

"The girls played very well on the road and kept their nerves in check," said Huntington Coach Russ McClurg, who now has 299 career coaching victories.

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