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Edison tops Woodbridge in double OT

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Edison's girls basketball team had struggled against top-10 opponents heading into its matchup against No. 6 Woodbridge at the OC/SD Challenge on Saturday at Santa Margarita High.

The No. 9 Chargers (14-5) showed they could go toe-to-toe with anybody in the county by outlasting the Warriors, 70-66, in double overtime.

"It shows us that we can play with anybody if we play smart and do what we do in practice basically," Edison coach Dan Wiley said. "I mean, we can play with anybody. The girls really wanted this game. They wanted to make a statement. They weren't too happy with their losses to other ranked teams like San Clemente. They wanted to come out and make a statement that, 'Hey, we're not that bad. We can play with these guys.'"

The Gomez sisters, Geena and Loli, were a big part of Edison's success. Geena, who has committed to St. Joseph's, had 33 points, seven assists and four steals. Loli, a junior, had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

"They both stepped up. They're both good players," Wiley said. "Geena just sees the court so well and gets everybody involved. She gets them the ball where they're open and they don't have to work that hard to go to the basket and make a layin."

Woodbridge (18-3) has had a knack for pulling off fourth-quarter rallies and the Warriors did it again, coming back from an eight-point deficit to force overtime. There were five lead changes in the final 2:36 of regulation.

Sarah Lipton hit a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 50-48 lead with 2:08 remaining. Alyssa Atencio answered with a 3-pointer to give the Chargers a 51-50 advantage with 1:47 remaining.

Kelli Robinson, who knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 21 points, got fouled attempting a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left. She made 2 of 3 free throws to give Woodbridge a 52-51 edge.

Loli Gomez got fouled on a drive to the basket with 20 seconds left. She made 1 of 2 free throws to tie it at 52 and send the game into the first overtime.

"They wouldn't stop. They kept pushing," Geena Gomez said of Woodbridge.

Gomez scored 31 of her 33 points in regulation, but in the two overtime periods she used her passing skills to set up her teammates. Gomez found her sister for an easy layup to give the Chargers a 56-54 lead with 1:12 left in the first overtime.

Lipton hit Wendy Shiga for an easy basket to tie it at 56 with 20 seconds left to send it into double overtime.

"I knew they were going to try top stop me from scoring," Geena Gomez said. "I knew if I penetrated they were going to come and double me and everyone else was going to be wide open and I trust my girls to make shots. We've played some big teams and lost and they were ready for it tonight. We were pumped."

The Chargers went on an 8-0 run to start the second overtime, Lipton fouled out with 3:01 remaining and they held on for the victory.

"It gives us confidence but we know we have to maintain," Geena Gomez said. "We have tough teams in our league, you know, Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, so it's going to be tough, but it just gives us confidence that we can do anything now.

In another OC/SD Challenge game:

No. 3 Orange Lutheran 58, Our Lady of Peace of San Diego 37: Jessica Salottolo made three 3-pointers and finished with 21 points to lead the Lancers (17-3) to a victory over the Pilots (12-8) at Santa Margarita High.

Contact the writer: carias@ocregister.com


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