The Marina High School girls’ basketball team established a pattern early in the championship game Wednesday night.
Two short bank shots, a 12-foot jumper and a fast break layup to start the game provided the Vikings with enough momentum to beat Edison, 60-50.
Those baskets and a full-court zone press that gave Edison fits allowed Marina (12-2) to lead, 8-1, three minutes into the game.
From then on, Marina kept the Chargers (11-4) on the treadmill, leading by as many as 20 points in the third quarter. Though Edison made a late run at Marina, the Chargers could not get the margin below eight.
Dawn Charroin, a senior post player, got the Vikings started with 12 points in the first half. She had 15 for the game and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
Still, Viking Coach Mike Thornton paced the sidelines with a worried expression throughout.
“Even though it was a 10-point game it was still close,” Thornton said. “I never thought we had the game put away until the last couple of minutes.”
He was most anxious when Charroin, who also had 12 rebounds, picked up her fourth foul with 6:25 left in the third quarter. Marina led by 16 at the time, 36-20, when she returned more than eight minutes later, the lead was down to 11.
Forward Liberty Brewster scored 6 of her 14 points in the fourth to stave off Edison’s comeback hopes.
The Chargers rallied behind the outside shooting of guard Stephanie Moorman and the inside play of forward Krisden Tanabe, but could only get to within 56-48 in the final minute.
Moorman had a game-high 17 points and Tanabe added 15.
Huntington Beach 75, El Toro 67--Tami Chick, a 5-11 forward, scored a tournament-record 39 points to lead the Oilers to take third place. Chick, who had 23 points at halftime, broke the previous record of 33, set by Robin Holmes of El Toro in 1981.
Mater Dei 56, Mission Viejo 52--Claudia Morris scored a season-high 20 points as the Monarchs (10-4) took the fifth-place game. Kelly O’Brien added 16 for Mater Dei. Tricia Stringam scored 16 for Mission Viejo (10-4).
Fountain Valley 61, Los Alamitos 49--The Barons (7-6) won the seventh-place game as guard Kami Bigler scored 20 points. Los Alamitos center Jennifer Ensley led all scorers with 23 points. Los Alamitos is 5-6.
Valencia 45, Foothill 40--Lauren Rich scored 14 points for the Tigers (8-3) in the consolation game. Foothill (5-6) was led by Kristy Walker’s 15 points.
Katella 45, Loara 44--Jacque Tamura scored 13 points, leading the Knights (6-7) to 11th-place. Michelle Roland and Heidi Sorour had 13 each for Loara (7-6).