Brea-Olinda High School had little trouble winning its fifth consecutive Brea-Olinda tournament girls' basketball championship, defeating Valencia, 91-29, Saturday at the Brea-Olinda gymnasium.
Brea-Olinda (8-0), ranked second in Orange County, dominated Valencia (3-2) from the start, taking a 16-6 first-quarter lead.
Brea-Olinda center Susan Tousey led all scorers with 28 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and blocked 6 shots. Tousey, who left the game with about three minutes to play in the third quarter, was named the tournament's co-most valuable player, along with teammate Aimee McDaniel. McDaniel, a sophomore, addded 20 points and 9 assists.
Brea Olinda led, 48-11, at the half.
"I'm surprised we played that well. In fact, I'm shocked," said Brea-Olinda Coach Mark Trakh. "This could be the most talented team we have had at this school."
Katella 36, Esperanza 24--Junior forward Joni Easterly scored 21 points to lead Katella (7-1) past Esperanza (3-3) in the third-place game. Katella led, 17-14, at the half and relied on a strong defensive effort in the third quarter, limiting the Aztecs to just two points in the period. Esperanza was led by forward Shannon Jones with seven points.
In the Garden Grove tournament:
Costa Mesa 43, La Serna 40--Guard Vanessa Henderson scored 16 points, including four three-point shots, to lead Costa Mesa (1-4) to its first victory. The Mustangs trailed by one point at halftime but started the third quarter with a 10-2 run. Kim Good had 9 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists for Costa Mesa, which will meet Capistrano Valley in a semifinal match on Thursday.
Capistrano Valley 69, Millikan 40--Cougar forward Heather Schoeny scored 20 points and center Holly Anderson added 19 points and 24 rebounds to pace Capistrano Valley (3-2) in a quarterfinal game. Meredith Moore also had 11 rebounds for the Cougars. Hucky Holt led Millikan with 12 points.