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Girls' Basketball Roundup: Oilers back on top

Huntington Beach claims Sunset League championship, its second title in three years, after 66-63 win at Marina.

February 13, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
  • Huntington Beach High's Paola Roa drives to the basket after a breakaway and is fouled by Edison's Loli Gomez.
Huntington Beach High's Paola Roa drives to the… (Don Leach, HB Independent )

The Huntington Beach High girls' basketball team has returned to the top of the Sunset League.

The Oilers won the 2014 title, their second league crown in three years, Feb. 6 when they won, 66-63, at Marina. Tuesday at Elmer Combs Gymnasium, they took league win No. 9 by defeating visiting Edison, 66-52.

Huntington, ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division 1A, twice overcame early, seven-point deficits. The Oilers, 9-0 in league and 22-2 overall, had trailed, 23-20 but outscored Edison (13-9, 4-5 league), 22-4, over the final 6:43 of the first half, to open up a 42-27 halftime lead.

Senior guard Paola Roa, who sat out the Marina game due to a shoulder injury, hit three three-point shots and led all scorers with 24 points. Senior guard Stephanie Louie drilled five three-pointers and scored 21 points, and freshman forward Frankie Wade-Sanchez scored 10 points for the Oilers who, as a team, hit nine three-pointers.

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Sophomore forward Justine Modde scored 15 points and sophomore point guard Jasmyn Winters had 10 points for Edison.

"It was a good team win, good in the fact that we got to play everybody," said Coach Russ McClurg who won this third league title at Huntington.

The Oilers won their first league title under McClurg in 2007.

"Paola [Roa] did a real nice job in her return, and I was pleased with the way our defense settled down in the first half," McClurg said. "I'm very happy. We're fighting for a No. 1 [playoff] seed."

Marina scored a 64-31 Sunset League victory Tuesday on Senior Night over visiting Fountain Valley. Senior forward Natasha Mangham had 14 points and 16 rebounds, senior guard Danielle Kennedy 14 points, senior guard Madison Yutkins 13 points, and senior guard Melissa Lindquist seven points, five assists and steals for the Vikings (14-10, 5-4) who held sole possession of third place.

"This was our Senior Night, and the team was really excited to play in front of our home crowd," Marina Coach Carol Osbrink said. "It was a total team effort and I am very proud their performance, especially our seniors."

Senior post Emily Krause had nine points and senior post Christina Huynh had six points and played a "good game for us off the bench," Fountain Valley Coach Cory Clarke said.

The Barons fell to 3-6 in league and 10-15 overall.

"We were outplayed and out-coached in every part of this game from the first possession," Clarke said.

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