Huntington Beach High girls’ basketball coach Russell McClurg earned his 400th career coaching victory on Friday, as the Oilers defeated Whittier La Serna 49-31 in the Garden Grove Tournament.
“You just sit there, and you reflect,” McClurg said of the milestone. “Last night, I was thinking about all the kids that I have coached. I’m just grateful for all my assistant coaches, players, and parents that have been a big part of it.”
Several alumni turned out in support of McClurg, including April Soedel, Adrienne Dang, Rebecca Byer, and Kaylyn Nakaji from last season’s CIF Southern Section Division 1A finalist team. McClurg said that those four sat on the bench with current Oilers during the game.
Freshman guard Meghan McIntyre had a team-high 17 points for the Oilers (8-5). Junior forward Bella Serrano had nine points, and sophomore guard Marisa Tanga added eight points.
Huntington Beach begins Sunset League play with a home game against Newport Harbor on Thursday, Jan. 4.
Tustin 57, Marina 46: Junior forward Katie Nguyen had 30 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, and two steals, but the host Vikings fell to the Tillers in the Larry Doyle/Dan Wiley Orange County Tournament of Champions.
Junior Kendall Healy had six points and six rebounds, and freshman Kat Robinson added seven points and two steals.
Marina (4-10) resumes action with a nonleague home game against Woodbridge (7-5) on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Corona del Mar 45, Santee Santana 25: Junior guard Samantha Uehara had a game-high 26 points with five steals as the Sea Kings beat the Sultans in the Prep Blue Division of the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic on Friday.
Junior center Tatiana Bruening added 11 points with 15 rebounds.
CdM (3-11) has won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
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Laguna Beach 13, Santa Barbara 2: Freshman Molly Renner scored three goals for the Breakers in the Holiday Cup tournament quarterfinal game on Friday at Newport Harbor High.
Claire Kelly, Sophia Lucas, Rachael Carver and Nicole Struss all added two goals for top-seeded Laguna Beach (8-0), while Thea Walsh made five saves and Quinn Winter recorded three saves.
Evan Tingler scored five goals for the Breakers in a 23-4 first-round win over Rancho Bernardo, with Lucas, Alex Peros and Morgan Van Alphen each scoring four.
Laguna Beach plays Foothill in a Holiday Cup semifinal on Saturday at 10:40 a.m. at Newport Harbor High.
Corona del Mar 9, Orange Lutheran 5: Senior Chloe Harbilas scored five goals for the Sea Kings in Friday’s Holiday Cup tournament quarterfinal game at CdM.
Layne Anzaldo added two goals for No. 3-seeded CdM (4-0), which also beat Corona Santiago 25-2 in a first-round game earlier Friday. Harbilas had six goals, Parker Hoffman had four and Sophie Wallace scored three. Kira Hoffman, Riley Sidebotham, Chloe Smith and Grace Myers each had two goals.
CdM plays Mater Dei in a Holiday Cup semifinal game Saturday at 11:45 a.m. at Newport Harbor High.
Newport Harbor 13, Riverside Poly 3: Linnea Kelly had six goals for the Sailors in Friday’s Holiday Cup game.
Nikki Clark had three goals and two steals, while Jessica Lynch, Kili Skibby (eight steals), Annie Rankin and Kaela Whelan each scored one.
The Sailors opened the tournament with an 11-10 overtime loss against Coronado. Lynch, Skibby, and Rankin each had three goals.
Newport Harbor plays in a ninth-place semifinal game Saturday at 10:40 a.m. at CdM.
Edison 1, Beckman 1 (Edison wins on PKs): Senior goalie Amy Kirk scored the game-winning penalty kick as the sixth kicker for the Chargers in Friday’s Excalibur Tournament of Champions “Guinevere” (ninth-place) bracket title game at SilverLakes Sports Park in Norco.
Kirk also saved Beckman’s sixth kick for the Chargers.
Alexis Komisza scored in regulation for Edison (7-2-5), which opens Sunset League play Tuesday at 5 p.m. at home against Huntington Beach.
El Dorado 1, Estancia 0: The Eagles (7-2-2) fell to the Golden Hawks in the final of the North Orange County Classic on Friday.
Junior Bryce Veronese scored the game’s only goal.
Estancia travels to El Toro for a nonleague game on Wednesday, Jan. 3.
Richland St. Augustine Prep (NJ) 47, Laguna Beach 30: Senior forward Blake Burzell had a team-high 11 points for the Breakers in a San Diego Torrey Pines Tournament game on Friday.
Senior guard Charlie Rounaghi and freshman forward Nolan Naess had eight points apiece.