Oilers try to keep pace

Sunset League girls' basketball teams began the second and final leg of their 2012 schedules Monday and defending-champion Edison continued to head the six-team pack.

The Chargers ran their league mark to 6-0 by easily handling visiting Newport Harbor, 67-31. Huntington Beach stayed a game back of the Chargers by scoring a 66-49 home court win over Fountain Valley, and Marina dropped a 45-38 decision to visiting Los Alamitos.

In the Huntington Beach victory, its third this season against Fountain Valley, senior point guard Kelsey Minato paced the Oilers' attack by scoring a game-high 24 points. Senior guard Maya Kennedy added 13 points.

The win pushed Huntington, which jumped out to a 21-4 first-quarter lead, to 5-1 in league and 17-4 overall.

"We are having another fine year, led by Kelsey (Minato) and Maya (Kennedy)," Huntington Coach Russ McClurg said. "We are completely healthy right now and playing very well on defense. Sophomore Paola Roa has taken her game to the next level and has plenty of attention from Division 1 colleges.

"I am really happy with the team progress this season and we hope we can continue to play at a high level. Edison is the team to beat in league."

Brethren Christian: The Warriors completed the first round of Academy League play Friday with a 45-20 loss to St. Margaret's. Senior guard Diania Demaziliere scored nine points for BC, which is in third place in the league standings at 3-2 and 15-6 overall.

The Warriors take on Whitney at 6 p.m. Friday.

Edison: The Chargers strolled to an early lead on Newport Harbor and cruised past the Sailors. Monay Lee led all scorers with 20 points. Karlie Samuelson scored 17 points and Geena Gomez had 10 points.

Edison (17-2) also scored a 59-37 league win Jan. 13 over Los Alamitos and on Saturday beat The Bishop's School of La Jolla, 75-59at the Orange County/San Diego Shootout at Santa Margarita High. Samuelson posted a game-best 28 points, younger sister, Katie Lou, scored 26 and Lee added 10 points in Saturday's win.

Edison hosts Troy in a 6 p.m. nonleague game Saturday. The teams met in March in the CIF Division 1A title game, a game won by Edison, 45-44. Next week, the Chargers return to league play for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday at Fountain Valley.

Fountain Valley: The Barons slipped to 3-3 in Sunset League play after falling Monday at Huntington Beach. Sophomore forward Lora Bender led the team in points with 17. Junior center Kelcie Mayott scored 12 points and junior guard Jocelyn Calvillo added nine points.

Marina: The Vikings lost against Los Alamitos, 45-38, after a fourth-quarter rally fell short. Sophomore guard Madison Yutkins scored 10 points and junior guard Lauren Dorame had nine points.

In a nonleague game Saturday, Marina posted a 46-39 win over Westminster. Sophomore guard Melissa Lindquist scored 18 points, Dorame scored 16 points and senior center McKenzie McCollum and junior Kasey Cutchshaw crashed the boards with 13 and 11 rebounds, respectively.

Marina, 1-5 in league, travels to face Newport Harbor at 6 p.m. Tuesday.


Boys' Basketball

Brethren Christian: The Warriors picked up a key Academy League road victory Friday when they won at St. Margaret's, 66-52. The victory kept BC alone atop the league standings at 5-0. The Warriors are 17-5 overall.

Junior center Mamadou Ndiaye turned in another dominating performance with 31 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Senior guard Billy Bryson scored 17 points.

BC next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Whitney.

Edison: The Chargers had a chance to move into a first-place tie in the Sunset League with Los Alamitos on Friday () but lost to the host Griffins, 61-54. Senior guards Corey Foster and Dreon Barlett combined for 45 of the Chargers' points, with Foster leading the scoring with 25.

The setback left Edison at 3-2 and tied for second place with Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach. The Chargers (16-5) start the second round of league play at 7 p.m. Friday at Newport Harbor. The Chargers posted a 67-45 win over the Sailors on opening night of the league race Jan. 6.

Edison hosts Fountain Valley at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

"We played well against Los Al but were unable to close the game when we had chance," Edison Coach Rich Boyce said. "Newport, at Newport, is always tough."

Fountain Valley: The Barons used big spurts at the start of each half of Friday's Sunset League game against Newport Harbor to win 68-50.

Fountain Valley started out hot and took a 22-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Newport battled back to tie the score (31-31) at the half. The Barons (3-2 league, 14-6 overall) then took control of the game by outscoring the Sailors, 19-7, in the third quarter.

"Our defense was solid in the second half as we limited them to one shot and rebounded well," Fountain Valley Coach Roger Holmes said. "Offensively, we were balanced and shot the ball fairly well."

Senior Zack Richartz hit four three-point shots en route to a game-high 18 points for the Barons, who had junior guard Josh Armstrong posting 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and junior forward Sean Finley scoring nine pints.

Fountain Valley starts the second half of league play at 7 p.m. Friday, hosting Huntington Beach. In the league opener between the teams Jan. 6, the Oilers defeated the Barons, 49-41.

Huntington Beach: The Oilers presented Coach Fabian Luna with his 100th victory at the school by defeating visiting Marina in overtime, 59-49, Friday. Luna, in his sixth year leading the program, called the milestone a "special moment."

Junior forward Harley Ruder led all scorers with 21 points and junior guard Andrew Tenbrink added 17 points for Huntington, which improved to 3-2 in league and 12-10 overall. Luna

"The second half in league will be critical," Luna said. "We just want to take it one game at a time. I told the boys we are now in a five-game season and every game is important. Hopefully. we can learn from our mistakes in the first half (of league) and finish strong."

Marina: The Vikings went to overtime against Huntington Beach but were outscored, 12-2, there and fell, 59-49. Three Vikings scored in double figures, led by senior guard Michael Livingston's 12 points. Senior guards Jordon Adnams and JJ James scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Marina, 1-4 in league, plays at 7 p.m. Friday at league-leading Los Alamitos (5-0). The Vikings dropped a 70-48 first-round league game to the Griffins on Jan. 6.

Ocean View: The Seahawks continued their torrid run during the past month by routing visiting Segerstrom, 96-58, in a Golden West League game Friday. The outcome kept the Seahawks alone atop the league standings at 5-0. They won their 11th straight game to improve to 17-3 and have won five of their last six games by 31 or more points, including a 62-point win Jan. 11 over Orange (83-21).

After a sluggish start, senior Cristian Rivera had a game-high 27 points. He also registered eight rebounds and five assists and had four steals. He exited the game with 1:52 to play in the third quarter. Senior center Conor Clifford finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Freshman guard Kendall Small scored 10 points and senior guard/forward Travis Sparks-Jackson sparked the defense.

"Travis came in off the bench and did a fantastic job," Ocean View co-Coach Tim Walsh said. "People talk about our depth, and he's an example of that. He's our best defensive player and he did a great job on the defensive end in the second quarter. He'd start on any other team. He comes off the bench for us and he doesn't complain, either. He just goes out and gets the job done."

Ocean View, which has scored 90 points or more in four games, travels to Westminster on Friday for a 7 p.m. league game.


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