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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GIRLS PLAYOFF ROUNDUP : Giordano, Falls Lead Buena Over Huntington Beach, 64-60

Michelle Giordano and Amanda Falls made two free throws each in the final 28 seconds to lift host Buena High to a 64-60 victory over Huntington Beach during the Southern Section Division I-A girls’ basketball quarterfinals Saturday night.

Buena (21-2), ranked sixth, led the entire game until Huntington Beach freshman guard Renee Kimoto made two three-point shots in a row to tie the score, 60-60, with 45 seconds remaining. Those two shots were the only field goals Kimoto made.

But Giordano, a 6-foot junior forward, worked free for a shot 17 seconds later. Her attempt spun around the rim and fell out, but Giordano was fouled and made both free throws.

With a 62-60 lead, Falls stole a pass from Jenna Schnacker to Kimoto as Kimoto was setting up for another three-point try. Falls was fouled with 14 seconds to play and made both free throws to clinch it for the Bulldogs.

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Julie Hardy scored 19 points and Giordano added 16 points and 13 rebounds to spark Buena, which led by 56-45 with 3:04 to play. But Buena made only four of 10 free throws in the next two minutes to allow Huntington Beach (25-3) to get back into the game.

Senior guard Deana Itow scored 22 points and senior forward Clare Walker added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Oilers, which saw their 15-game winning streak end.


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