The Sunset League girls' basketball race reaches its halfway point Thursday and with five games left on the schedule, Edison currently leads the pack.
The Chargers moved to 4-0 in league and took over sole possession of first place Tuesday by defeating host Fountain Valley, 58-46. Senior guard Geena Gomez took game scoring honors with 25 points, 12 of which came on three-pointers.
Edison, which shared the Sunset League title last year with Huntington Beach, jumped out to a 22-11 lead in the first quarter and went into the half with a 28-21 lead. Fountain Valley (9-11, 1-3 in league) cut its deficit to two points in the third quarter before the Chargers (12-5) regained control.
Senior guard Jasmine Matar paced Fountain Valley with 17 points to go with 12 rebounds and seven steals. Junior guard Danielle Kennedy scored nine points.
"We cut their lead but fell apart, allowing them to convert on second chances and our turnovers," Barons Coach Cory Clarke said. "It was a rough shooting night for us. We had plenty of opportunities, but could not find the bottom of the net. I'm proud of my girls and their effort."
In previous league play on Jan. 10, Gomez also hit four three-pointers en route to a game-high 28 points and freshman Justine Modde scored 12 points as Edison toppled Marina, 69-46. Matar had 11 points and five rebounds, junior forward Emily Krause had 16 points and eight rebounds, and senior forward Danielle Tran had nine rebounds and three points, in Fountain Valley's 70-47 loss to Los Alamitos.
In Sunset League action at 7 p.m. Thursday, Edison plays host to Huntington Beach in a key clash and Fountain Valley travels to face Marina.
Huntington Beach: The Oilers slipped from a share of first place in the Sunset League Tuesday after falling, 57-45, to visiting Los Alamitos.
Junior guard Paola Roa tied for game scoring honors with 17 points and junior guard Stephanie Louie scored 15 points for Huntington, which saw its league record go to 3-1 and overall record to 13-4. The Oilers are tied with the Griffins for second place in the league standings.
Louie previously scored 10 points and both Roa and senior forward Jill Nakaso scored eight on Jan. 10 when Huntington downed Newport Harbor, 48-27.
The Oilers travel Thursday to face Edison at 7 p.m.
Marina: The Vikings and first-year head coach Carol Osbrink earned their first Sunset League victory Tuesday by rolling past visiting Newport Harbor, 61-31.
Junior forward Natasha Mangham scored 20 points and collected 27 rebounds for Marina (11-11, 1-3). Junior guard Madison Yutkins scored 11 points, senior center Danielle Brown had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds, and junior guard Melissa Lindquist had six points, five assists and five steals.
"Everyone was happy to get our first league win," Osbrink said. The girls played team basketball tonight, making that extra pass for good shots, and they played tough defense. I was proud of all of them for their effort."
Marina previously had lost, 69-46, to Edison on Jan. 10. Mangham had 13 points, 14 rebounds and three steals, Lindquist nine points, three steals and two assists and senior center Kasey Cutchshaw came off the bench to score eight points with three rebounds.
The Vikings play host to Fountain Valley at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Ocean View: The Seahawks slipped to 1-2 in Golden West League play Tuesday after co-league leader Westminster scored a 72-24 victory. Junior Deja Duke led Ocean View with six points.
The Seahawks on Jan. 10 had lost, 61-43, to Segerstrom. Senior Mari Shigemasa and freshman Danelle Almiranez both scored 10 points.
Brethren Christian: The Warriors took on Crean Lutheran of Irvine and Whitney of Cerritos in Academy League play in the past week, and fell to both teams.
BC (1-11, 0-4) went to Crean Lutheran Jan. 10 and lost, 38-19, to the Saints. Annie Huie scored eight points for the Warriors, who on Saturday were defeated, 68-5, by Whitney, the sixth-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 6.
"We had a good first half performance against an improved Crean team," BC Coach Jeff Wallace said. "Against Whitney, we were simply overmatched talent-wise. Unfortunately we had to endure full-court and half-court pressure during the majority of the game despite the disparity in talent."
The Warriors take on league foe St. Margaret's at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa.
CIF Southern Section Girls' Basketball Rankings
Division 1AA: Edison, No. 13.
Division 1A: Huntington Beach, No. 12.
Division 3A: Ocean View, No. 12.