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League races heat up

Girls' Basketball Roundup

Huntington Beach highlights local action, as Oilers improve to 5-0 in Sunset League.

January 29, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(KEVIN CHANG / HB…)

The Sunset League girls' basketball race had the chance Tuesday to become a wide-open affair. With the first-half of league play coming to an end, the outcome of one game on Tuesday's schedule, Huntington Beach at Los Alamitos, determined which team, or teams, would be in the league lead.

Turns out, that lead still belongs to Huntington.

The Oilers gained further distance between the rest of their Sunset foes as they scored an important, 53-43, victory over the Griffins. The win capped a 5-0 run during the first-half of league action, and put the Oilers, ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division 1A, at 18-2 overall.

Los Al, which had an opportunity to climb into a first-place tie with Huntington with a win Tuesday, fell to 3-2 in league and shares second place with Marina.

Huntington trailed, 10-9, after one quarter but came back to take a four-point lead (22-18) at halftime.

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The Oilers never trailed after the opening quarter and went on to record what Coach Russ McClurg said was a "hard-fought victory."

Senior guard Stephanie Louie hit a trio of three-point shots and led Huntington in scoring with 14 points. Sophomore guard Sammy Gray scored 13 points and collected 10 rebounds in a key performance, and freshman forward Frankie Wade-Sanchez scored 10 points.

"I feel very proud of the girls for going 5-0 in the first half [of league]," McClurg said. "They really stepped up on the road Tuesday in a hard-fought game.

"his team is so well-balanced and it was nice to see other girls stepping up in key situations. Sammy Gray, who didn't play last season due to an ACL (injury), is really coming along."

•Marina moved into a tie with Los Alamitos for second place in the Sunset standings after cruising past visiting Newport Harbor, 59-34. Senior guard Melissa Lindquist had 14 points and three assists, senior guards Madison Yutkins and Danielle Kennedy scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, and senior forward Natasha Mangham had nine points and 10 rebounds.

The Vikings are 3-2 in league and 12-9 overall.

"This game was about working together and it was good to see everyone play and contribute to the win," Marina Coach Carol Osbrink said of her team, which is ranked 15th in CIF Southern Section Division 2AA.

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