Marina steps up against Edison

Vikings take control and score 60-48 win over Chargers.

January 10, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

Heading into Thursday's Sunset League opener against Edison High, Marina girls' basketball Coach Carol Osbrink said she felt her Vikings could pull off a victory against the Chargers. It had been awhile since a Marina team had defeated Edison on the hard court, but Osbrink held to that belief.

"I knew the kids could do this all along," she said, moments after the Vikings had defeated the visiting Chargers, 60-48. "We've had games this season where we have played really well, and then we've had games where we didn't play the way we are capable of playing. It was only a matter of which team would show up.

"Tonight, we played really, really well."

Marina fell behind early but used big runs in both the second and third quarters, to take control. The Vikings maintained a double-digit lead from midway through the third quarter until the end of the game in improving to 9-7 overall.


Osbrink wasn't sure the last time a Marina team had defeated Edison, saying she thought it had been at least five years.

"The girls came out fired up," Osbrink said. "I thought this game, for us, would come down to the kids being intense and focused. The girls did that, and they played like they knew they could win. We played with confidence, and I'd say that was the difference in this game."

Marina trailed throughout a majority of the first quarter and was down five points (14-9) before senior guard Danielle Kennedy dropped in two free throws, then hit from three-point range to tie the score, and then drained another trey, to push Marina into a 17-16 lead.

Kennedy's 8-0 scoring spree, covering the final 1:42 of the quarter, put Marina in front for good.

The Vikings went on to score the first 11 points of the second quarter to add to their lead. The spurt started with a three-point shot by senior guard Madison Yutkins, continued with a follow shot by junior forward Kydell Pearson, driving layup by Kennedy, and steal and driving layup by senior guard Melissa Lindquist, and ended when a steal by Yutkins which led to a baseline floater by Kennedy.

The outburst came in the first 3:11 of the quarter, and extended the lead to 28-16.

Marina went on to lead, 33-27, at halftime.

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