Roundup : Ocean View Holds Off Fountain Valley in Final Minute to Win, 26-25

The Ocean View High School girls’ basketball team erased any doubts Thursday night about it being a contender for the Sunset league basketball title.

Senior guard Cossette Smith’s free throw with 33 seconds left helped Ocean View hold off Fountain Valley, 26-25, in a league game at Fountain Valley.

The victory was the second in 6 days for Ocean View over Fountain Valley. Last Friday, Ocean View squeezed by the Barons, 47-46, in the championship game of the Edison-Marina girls’ tournament.

“We knew coming into the game that Fountain Valley would be fired up,” Ocean View Coach Ollie Martin said. “Everything was against us from the start, but we stayed together and battled the entire game.”


Ocean View improves its record to 15-2 overall, 2-0 in league. Fountain Valley, last year’s league champions and favored to repeat, is 9-7, 1-1.

The Seahawks built a 15-8 halftime lead in a game where both teams struggled offensively. The Barons came out more aggressive in the third quarter and tied the score, 17-17, on lay-in by senior center Danielle Barlow.

Barlow and teammate Renae Lambrigger led the comeback. The Barons led, 22-21, with less than 6 minutes to play on a 3-point play by Barlow, a layup and a free throw. Lambrigger added 6 of her game-high 10 points and 5 of her 8 rebounds in the second half.

With just 3:10 to play, Ocean View’s Fabiola Nunez scored on a layup to give the Seahawks a 25-22 advantage. Lambrigger then cut the lead to 25-24 with a pull-up jumper, but the Barons could not convert in the final minutes.

Sullivan’s free throw gave Ocean View a 2-point lead. Lambrigger made a free throw with 11 seconds left to make the score 26-25, but her last-second shot was rejected by Sullivan.

Nunez led Ocean View with 8 points. Barlow had 9 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Fountain Valley.

In other Sunset League action:

Edison 89, Huntington Beach 37--Guard Debbie Fischer had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Edison. Guard Stesanie Moorman added 18 points, 6 assists and 8 steals for Edison (5-7, 1-0).

Marina 61, Westminster 32--Christa Yorke scored 22 points to lead the Vikings (13-3, 1-0) at Westminster. Lisa Orosco scored 14 points for Marina.

In the Angelus League:

Mater Dei 57, Bishop Amat 27--Center Kelly O’Brien scored 26 points and had 13 rebounds for Mater Dei, which led 25-15 at the half. Guard Melissa McDonald added 12 points for Mater Dei (10-5, 1-0).

In the Century League:

Canyon 63, El Modena 37--Keri Erkenbrack had 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead host Canyon (10-4, 1-0).

Foothill 45, Santa Ana 25--Tanya Foxe scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, and Sandi Rasmussen and Stacia Allen added 10 points each to pace visiting Foothill (8-7, 1-0). Gracie Lopez scored 11 points for Santa Ana (7-5, 0-1).

Santa Ana Valley 64, Villa Park 53--Nilda Valdez scored 22 points and had 10 assists to lead Santa Ana Valley (7-4, 1-0) to victory at home. Francesca Rumps added 18 points and collected 12 rebounds for Santa Ana Valley.

In the Freeway League:

Fullerton 56, Buena Park 39--Freshman power forward Sommer McLane scored 17 points to pace Fullerton (7-5, 1-0) at home. Jennifer Comstock scored 13 for Fullerton.

In the Olympic League:

Orange Lutheran 36, Brethren 28--Pam Marta scored 13 points to lead Orange Lutheran (5-3, 1-0) at Brethren.

Whittier Christian 63, Capistrano Valley Christian 35--Angela Garza scored 17 points to lead Whittier Christian (5-3, 2-0) at Capistrano Valley Christian. Carrie Shannon scored 16 points for Capistrano Valley Christian (3-5, 0-2).

Valley Christian 60, Santa Margarita 49--Center Rolynn Rienstra had 24 points and 15 rebounds, and guard Lori Klein added 18 points and 9 steals for visiting Valley Christian (9-3, 2-0). Kristen Mulligan scored 18 points for Santa Margarita (6-2, 1-1).

In the South Coast League:

Mission Viejo 67, Dana Hills 21--Tina Ranker had 11 points, 14 assists and 6 steals to lead the Diablos (13-3, 1-0) at Dana Hills. Shannon Morgon led Mission Viejo with 16 points. Kristin Ocura and Derrie Nauta each scored 10 for the Diablos. Ocura also had 7 rebounds.

In the Sunrise League:

Connelly 33, St. Michael’s 19--Ranelle Kitajama scored 11 points to lead Connelly (3-0, 6-2) at St. Michael’s.

In nonleague games:

Savanna 44, La Mirada 29--Lisa Rios paced Savanna (9-4) with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore point guard Carrie Frederick had 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. It was the 100th victory at Savanna for Coach Brad Pickler.

Trabuco Hills 57, Tustin 55--Erika Sampson scored 28 points to lead Trabuco Hills at Tustin. Wanda Sequeira scored 23 points for Tustin (8-7).

In Olympic League girls’ soccer:

Orange Lutheran 6, St. Margaret’s 6--Orange Lutheran trailed, 4-0, in the first half but rallied at St. Margaret’s. Brandi Yates scored 3 goals for the Lancers (2-3-1, 0-1-1). Shelley Lyons scored 4 goals for St. Margaret’s.

Santa Margarita 2, Valley Christian 0--Allie Werve and Elizabeth Blaisdell scored goals to lead host Santa Margarita (3-1, 2-0).

In the Sunset League:

Marina 4, Westminster 2--Julie Muche and Melanie Frakes each scored 2 goals to lead Marina (8-5-1, 2-0).

In nonleague matches:

Anaheim 4, Bolsa Grande 0--Mandy Perez scored 2 goals to lead Anaheim (4-3-1) at Bolsa Grande. Goalie Kelly Wooliever made 5 saves to preserve the shutout. Jenny Koebli and Kirsten Coombs each scored a goal for the Colonists.

University 3, Villa Park 0--Goalie Kelly Kynock made 4 saves for host University (4-6). Shana Novegrod, Inge Haskins and Julie Simpson each scored 1 goal for the Trojans.

Los Alamitos 2, Katella 0--Michelle Reyes scored both goals for Los Alamitos (10-3-1, 1-0) at Katella. Los Alamitos didn’t allow the Knights to get a shot on goal. Goalie Becky Thompson made 22 saves for Katella.