Almiranez helps Ocean View hold off Newport Harbor


HUNTINGTON BEACH – Freshman Danelle Almiranez scored 11 points, including two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, as Ocean View held off Newport Harbor, 38-31, in a Hawk Holiday Classic quarterfinal game at Ocean View High on Wednesday night.

After trailing by 14 in the third quarter, the Sailors rallied to trim Ocean View’s lead to three, 32-29, when McKenna Izzi hit a jumper from 16 feet with 4:08 to go.

Almiranez answered with a 3-pointer from the top of the circle with 2:42 left. She struck again from the left side 24 seconds later, giving the Seahawks a lift.

“We go into a little bit of a funk in the third quarter, so we have been trying to do some different things to generate a little bit more offense,” said Ocean View coach Kim Morris. “We’re very young, so we have a little bit of this up and down thing going on. Fortunately, they are talented enough to be able to pull through.”

Ocean View (6-1) led, 8-5, after one quarter, and boosted the advantage to 15-5 halfway through the second on a pair of Meghan Meyer free throws and two field goals by Almiranez, one from behind the arc. 

Jasmyn Winters would answer with Newport Harbor’s only field goal of the quarter, making it 15-7 with 3:44 left, and Ocean View held at 20-10 lead at halftime.

Izzi scored all of her team-high 10 points in the fourth quarter for Newport Harbor (2-5).

In other tournament action:

Corona del Mar 40, Santa Ana Valley 24: Keaton Gaughan scored nine points to lead a balanced Sea Kings attack. Patsy Solano led the Falcons with eight points.

Marina 59, Dominguez 32: Lauren Dorame scored 15 points as the Vikings pulled away in the second half. Johnrae Magee scored 13 for the Dons.

Oxford Academy 40, Bolsa Grande 31: Sharon Loung scored 10 points as the Patriots in their victory. Cindy Nguy led the Matadors with 17 points.

Pacifica 53, San Juan Hills 42: Heaven Masuno and Emily Lee each had 14 points for the Mariners. Allie Biedermann and Abby Conklin had 15 points each for the Stallions.

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