Basketball Roundup: Barons thrive in own tourney

Fountain Valley opens with wins over El Toro and Eagle Rock in Hoop Challenge tournament.

December 11, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

Fountain Valley High's opening performance Monday at its own Hoop Challenge girls' basketball tournament was a balancing act, and the end result produced a 73-43 victory over visiting El Toro.

Sophomore post Mikaila Pacis finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals, junior guards Michelle Wu and Ari Jacobsen each had 12 points and two steals, senior guard Amy Yoshinaga eight points and three steals, junior guard Ashley Masuda eight points, three assists and two steals, senior post Emily Krause seven points and five rebounds, and freshman guard Andie Kristinant was three of five from three-point range and scored nine points.

"We put in a complete team effort tonight on offense and defense," Fountain Valley Coach Cory Clarke said. "We had balance offensively, scoring inside by attacking the basket and opening up the three-point line for good open shots.


"Our defense was tough and relentless forcing several turnovers leading us to transition baskets. We just need to find confidence from this and continue to get better."

The Barons won their second tourney game Tuesday and in the process upped their overall record to 4-3 by defeating Los Angeles Eagle Rock, 61-40. Krause contributed 17 points, eight rebounds and two steals, Yoshinaga had 12 points and three steals, Pacis 10 points and eight rebounds, Wu and Jacobsen both had eight points and two steals, and Masuda scored two points and had seven assists.

"We jumped out to a good lead in the first half controlling the pace of the game and applying good pressure defense creating easy baskets," Clarke said. "In the second half, we struggled to find ways to score and had way too many mental errors."

Fountain Valley plays its next tourney game at 7:30 p.m. Friday against La Jolla Country Day.

•Also at the Hoop Challenge Monday, Huntington Beach opened play with a 78-40 romp past Kennedy. Senior guard Paola Roa poured in 30 points and added four assists to lead the way for the Oilers. Freshman forward Frankie Wade-Sanchez and junior center Morgan Potter scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The tournament continues Thursday and Friday and concludes Saturday.

Huntington played a home nonleague game Tuesday against Anaheim Canyon, and whipped the Comanches, 70-45. Roa scored 26 points, and senior guard Stephanie Louie, sophomore guard Sammy Gray, and freshman forward Kaylyn Nakaji each scored nine points.

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