Time for CIF playoffs

Girls' Basketball

Ocean View, Huntington Beach, Edison, Marina gear up to open CIF playoffs this week with titles in mind.

February 19, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach, HB Independent )

Four local girls' basketball teams have aspirations of playing for a championship. Each will take its initial step into the postseason and toward that goal when CIF Southern Section first-round games begin Thursday and Saturday.

Ocean View gets the locals off and running Thursday. The Seahawks, the No. 2 team from the Golden West League and tournament's No. 12 seed, play host to Pomona (Valle Vista League No. 3) in a first-round Division 3A game at 7 p.m. A second-round date Saturday awaits either the Seahawks or Red Devils.

Ocean View ended its league and regular season Feb. 13 at Orange, and had four players foul out during a 51-39 loss to the Panthers. The Seahawks closed out a 7-3 league season and bring an overall mark of 17-8 in Thursday's playoff opener with Pomona (9-10 overall).

"If we learn from our losses this season, we may have a real shot at a legit CIF run," Ocean View Coach Kim Morris said.


The Pomona-Ocean View winner will face either No. 5-seed Estancia (OCL No. 1) or Gladstone (Montview League at-large) in a second-round game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The 3A Division quarterfinals are 7 p.m. next Wednesday.

Saturday features first-round games for three other local teams, each from the Sunset League: Huntington Beach, Marina and Edison.

•Sunset League champion Huntington Beach is the No. 3 seed in the Division 1A tournament. The Oilers played host to Montebello (Almont League No. 3) at 7 p.m.

Huntington turned in an undefeated run through the Sunset League and capped its league season Feb. 13 with a 51-45 win over visiting Los Alamitos. Senior guard Stephanie Louie scored 12 points and senior guard Paola Roa and sophomore guard Sammy Gray both scored 10 points.

Huntington went 10-0 in league play and 23-2 in its first 25 games of the season.

"Going undefeated is a tremendous accomplishment in the Sunset League," McClurg said. "I know that was one of the goals for the girls this year and glad they were able to get it done. This was a very special group of girls and a great privilege to coach."

Now comes postseason play. The Oilers open against a Montebello team that is 15-9 overall.

"I feel very confident that we should win against Montebello," Huntington Coach Russ McClurg said. "We are battling some injuries but my hope is we will be healthy by Saturday. The girls are excited and ready to play."

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