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STEVEN GEORGES, FOR THE REGISTER
Abbey Goodsell of Orange Lutheran looks for an open teammate as Jon'nae Vermillion of Centennial guards her during the final of the Larry Doyle O.C. Championships at Marina High School.

Orange Lutheran falls in Larry Doyle final

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Orange Lutheran's girls basketball team started strong against Centennial of Corona. But it didn't last.

The Huskies used a 22-3 run that stretched from the first quarter into the second to bury the Lancers, 55-23, in the championship game of the Larry Doyle O.C. Championships on Saturday night at Marina High.

Arizona-bound Ashley Merrill scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half and Cal State Fullerton-bound Samantha Logan, who was named tournament MVP, scored eight of her 14 points, including two 3-pointers, in the fourth quarter to seal Orange Lutheran's fate.

Centennial (11-1) is ranked No. 9 in Division 1AA, its lone loss coming in the final of the Nike TOC in Chandler, Ariz., against Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley, 52-50.

"This really boosts our energy and our confidence level, which will help us for league," Logan said. "We have a really tough league with Santiago (of Corona)."

The Lancers, ranked No. 1 in Division 2A, dropped to 14-1. Jessica Salottolo was the only Orange Lutheran player in double figures with 14 points.

"I think the important thing for us is looking at the big picture and everything that's happened in the preseason so far," Lancers coach Tom Howard said. "We played 15 games and we're 14-1. We've overcome a lot of challenges throughout that time.

"Tonight Centennial was really good and they're physical. They obviously caused a lot of problems for us. It was a challenge we couldn't overcome tonight, but I want them to think the big picture and what they've accomplished over the last 15 games. We've learned a lot in victory and we will certainly learn from this defeat."

In the Eastside College Prep Coaches vs. Cancer Classic:

Brea Olinda 44, Eastside College Prep of East Palo Alto 31: Anna Kim, who was named tournament MVP, and Arin Perry scored 12 points apiece to lift the Ladycats (8-3) over the Panthers (8-4) in the championship game at Eastside College Prep.

In So Cal Holiday Prep Classic:

Canyon 45, Los Alamitos 43: Tyler Prange hit a spin move driving to the basket at the buzzer to give the Comanches (10-5) the victory over the Griffins (12-4) in the TOC 2 Division championship game at Westview High of San Diego. Prange finished with 21 points and was named tournament MVP.

Downey 47, Sonora 44: Lauren Nakahara scored 14 points and Margo Campos 12 for the Raiders (13-3), but the Vikings (11-4) pulled out the victory in the NCAA Division championship.

In the Costa Mesa Winter Classic:

Huntington Beach 56, San Ramon Valley of Danville 34: Stephanie Louis scored 16 points and Jill Nakaso, who was named tournament MVP, had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Oilers (10-3) beat the Wolves (9-2) in the championship game at Costa Mesa High.

In the Naples Daily News Holiday Shootout:

Troy 49, Cardinal O'Hara of Springfield, Pa. 29: Oregon-bound Gabbriella Hanson had 11 points and seven rebounds, Denver-bound Alecia Dimas had seven points and eight rebounds and Stanford-bound Briana Roberson had nine points, four assists and four steals to help the Warriors (11-2) knock off the Lions (3-5) in the fifth-place game at Barron Collier High of Naples, Fla.

In the Holiday Hardwood Invitational:

JSerra 69, Thousand Oaks 44: Coco Miller scored 30 points, Courtney Vaccher had 14 points and 10 rebounds and August Touchard had nine points and five assists as the Lions (12-3) beat the Lancers (10-5) in the consolation championship at Oaks Christian of Westlake Village.

CARLOS ARIAS

In the Garden Grove Tournament:

No. 10 Foothill 48, Westminster 47: The Knights (12-4) got all they could handle against the Lions (12-2), but prevailed to win the championship at Garden Grove High.

The Knights led most of the way despite a slow start in which the Lions (12-2) took an 8-0 lead.

Sydney Sharp scored twice to get the Knights on the board, and they came back with a 13-0 run to close the quarter up, 17-12.

In the second quarter, senior center Maggie Dumphy got going for the Lions. She scored eight points in the quarter to keep the Lions in it, and they trailed by one at half.

Guard Hailey James dominated the third quarter for the Knights, who brought their lead up to 45-39. She scored six points and did a great job finding open teammates, including sophomore guard Karly Bokosky. Bokosky came off the bench to hit two 3-pointers in the quarter and was also fouled shooting another. She nailed all three free throws just as the Lions were making a push.

The game came down to the last 32 seconds with the Knights up one, but the Lions had the ball after the Knights missed a one-and-one. The Lions were able to get off two decent shot attempts, but didn't have time for a third as time ran out while both teams scrambled for the loose ball.

Dumphy finished with a game-high 20 and James had 16.

ELLIOT COOK

For the Register


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