1. Basketball in December doesn’t mean nearly as much as basketball in April, but you have to be impressed that Brea Olinda won the Nike TOC in Chandler, Ariz. The Ladycats entered the girls’ basketball tournament ranked No. 2 in the nation and beat No. 3 Bolingbrook (IL), 59-54, in double OT in the semifinals and No. 9 Long Beach Poly (which beat No. 1 Mater Dei), 56-48, in the finals on consecutive nights. Justine Hartman was the MVP and Alexis Perry all-tournament. Jeff Sink called it the best back-to-back wins in his 17 years as the Ladycat coach. Given all the big games his teams have played, that’s a mouthful.
2. What does it say about the Southland when three schools – Brea, Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly – of such close proximity are ranked in the top nine in the nation? When the next rankings come out following Poly’s victory over Mater Dei, all three will probably be collectively higher. And get this: All three teams are in Southern Section Division I-AA, which renders everything else insignificant. There’s your national championship tournament right there.
3. Dylan Garrity scored 23 points, but his three assists made him immortal at Edison. Garrity set the school’s all-time assist mark with 379 as the Chargers scored a 48-36 victory over Tustin. “Dylan could score 30 points a game if he wants to,” coach Rich Boyce told the Orange County Register. “But he’d rather get his teammates involved, which is indicative of the record. He’s a different breed of kid.”
4. In the Orange County North/South Challenge, the South teams held a decisive advantage, winning 10 of the 13 games that were played. Among them, El Toro’s 59-45 victory over highly-regarded Foothill (8-2) behind Colin Zaversnick’s 15 points and Fil Perkins’ 11. The victory improved El Toro to 5-6.
5. Only two teams this season have scored a goal against Edison, and when San Clemente did it, the Tritons actually led the county’s best boys’ soccer team. Tom Weichert’s header looked good for a while, but Edison got two goals apiece from Trevor Verone and Sam Huerta in the final 16 minutes of the match for a 4-1 victory. The Chargers (8-0) had gone six games without allowing a score.