Edison and Huntington Beach set up an early showdown in the Sunset League girls' basketball race by rolling to league victories Tuesday. The Chargers did so by downing visiting Fountain Valley, 72-53; the Oilers by taking care of host Los Alamitos, 51-36.
The Chargers, ranked fifth in CIF Division 1AA, and the Oilers, ranked fourth in Division 1A, meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Huntington gym.
Below is a team-by-team recap of the previous week.
Brethren Christian: The Warriors got their second Academy League victory Tuesday by blitzing Oxford Academy early and running away to a 45-22 win. Senior guard Diannia Demaziliere led all scorers with 12 points. Junior guard Abigail Luce posted seven points and senior forward Emily Janio and freshman Lisa Hobson each scored six points for the Warriors (13-5 overall), who ran up a 13-0 lead to start the first quarter.
Brethren Christian, ranked tied at No. 9 in CIF Division 5AA, went 1-1 in the first week of their league schedule, splitting games against defending-champion Whitney and Crean Lutheran. Demaziliere and junior forward Brooke Hernandez both scored nine points in a 46-31 loss to Whitney on Jan. 4. The Warriors rebounded Saturday to beat Crean Lutheran, 35-20, led by junior guard Sara Hodges' 12 points.
"I was very happy with our performance against Whitney to open league," BC Coach Jeff Wallace said. "We managed to hold their two leading scorers in check and hold them 16 points below their season (team scoring) average."
The Warriors play Sage Hill in a 6:30 p.m. league game Friday at Ocean View High. At 3 p.m. Saturday, they play Calvary Chapel of Downey in the Small Schools Showcase at Liberty Christian School in Huntington Beach.
Edison: The Chargers took a 26-8 first-quarter lead on visiting Fountain Valley Tuesday and went on to beat the Barons, 72-53, to improve to 2-0 in league and 12-2 overall. Five Chargers scored in double figures, with freshman Katie Lou Samuelson scoring a game-high 20 points.
In its league opener Jan. 5, Edison jumped out to a 41-4 halftime lead on Newport Harbor — holding the Sailors scoreless in the second quarter — and cruised to a 55-18 road victory. Samuelson scored a game-high 24 points to lead nine Chargers in the scoring column.
On Thursday, Edison plays at 6 p.m. at Huntington Beach. The Chargers also host Marina in league play at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Fountain Valley: The Barons dropped their second Sunset League game in as many starts Tuesday in losing, 72-53, at Edison. Sophomore forward Lora Bender led the Barons in scoring with 16 points and sophomore point guard Amy Yoshinaga scored 12 points.
Fountain Valley couldn't overcome a 43-18 halftime deficit against visiting Huntington Beach on Jan. 5 and lost to the Oilers, 65-47, in its Sunset League opener. Bender and junior guard Jasmine Matar scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.
The Barons travel to face Marina at 6 p.m. Thursday. They play at 6 p.m. home game Tuesday against Los Alamitos.
Huntington Beach: The Oilers moved to 2-0 in Sunset play Tuesday by defeating host Los Alamitos, 51-36. Senior point guard Kelsey Minato led all scorers with 22 points and Oilers teammate Maya Kennedy scored 11 points. The Oilers created 16 turnovers.
Huntington (12-3) got its first league win Jan. 5 by winning, 65-47, at Fountain Valley. Minato hit all of her field goals, including four three-point shots, and scored a game-high 24 points. Junior forward Jill Nakaso scored a career-high 14 points and sophomore guard Paola Roa scored 12 points.
The Oilers entertain Edison in a key league game at 6 p.m. Thursday. They'll host Newport Harbor at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Marina: The Vikings earned their fist win in Sunset League play Tuesday by defeating Newport Harbor, 45-23.
Marina had opened league play Jan. 5 and fell to host Los Alamitos, 48-40. Junior guards Lauren Dorame and Jennifer Chau scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.