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Girls' Basketball Roundup: Edison falls to Etiwinda

Chargers eliminated from CIF Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs after 79-50 loss in second round.

February 21, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Edison High girls' basketball coach Dan Wiley had a smile on his face, even though his Chargers had just been eliminated from the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs moments earlier.

Wiley, you see, was pleased with the effort his team gave Wednesday against Etiwanda, but knew it faced a huge challenge in the No. 5-seeded Eagles.

"They are big and physical, especially inside, and we couldn't compete with that," he said.

Wiley had a point. Etiwanda didn't shoot lights out in the second-round game but the Eagles crashed the boards, scored on second-chance put-backs, and ended up running away with a 79-50 victory over the No. 12-seeded Chargers.

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"They really killed us on those second and third shots," he said. "We didn't shoot particularly well but they didn't, either. Their ability to get offensive rebounds and score off them, was a huge difference."

Baseline League champion Etiwanda (26-2) led from the 4:38 mark of the first quarter until the final buzzer. The Eagles led, 19-10, after the first quarter and extended their advantage to 37-20 at the half. They did so by outscoring Edison, 12-2, over the final 2:48 of the half to build their 17-point cushion.

Edison (18-8), which played without starter, freshman forward Justine Modde who was injured during Saturday's first-round win over Chino Hills, opened the second half with a 7-2 run. A three-point shot by senior shooting guard Geena Gomez drew the Chargers to within 39-27 less than two minutes into the half.

Gomez's shot was set up by a steal by her younger sister, Loli Gomez.

Just as quickly as Edison had dug into the deficit, it was just as fast that Etiwanda was able to build the lead back up to a comfortable margin. Junior point guard McKynzie Fort scored four points and junior power forward Amy Okonkwo scored five points, during a 9-2 spurt. It was a three-point play by Okonkwo with 4:05 left in the third quarter, that capped the quick run that took just over a minute, and it gave the Eagles a 48-29 advantage.

Okonkwo scored 14 points during the third quarter which ended with the Eagles on top, 61-38. She led all scorers with 28 points. Geena Gomez had 11 points in the quarter for Edison.

Gomez, who will play next year at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, topped Edison with 22 points. She left the game 2:20 remaining and drew cheers from an appreciative Chargers crowd.

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