Fountain Valley High's opening performance Monday at its own Hoop Challenge girls' basketball tournament was a balancing act, and the end result produced a 73-43 victory over visiting El Toro.
Sophomore post Mikaila Pacis finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals, junior guards Michelle Wu and Ari Jacobsen each had 12 points and two steals, senior guard Amy Yoshinaga eight points and three steals, junior guard Ashley Masuda eight points, three assists and two steals, senior post Emily Krause seven points and five rebounds, and freshman guard Andie Kristinant was three of five from three-point range and scored nine points.
"We put in a complete team effort tonight on offense and defense," Fountain Valley Coach Cory Clarke said. "We had balance offensively, scoring inside by attacking the basket and opening up the three-point line for good open shots.
"Our defense was tough and relentless forcing several turnovers leading us to transition baskets. We just need to find confidence from this and continue to get better."
The Barons won their second tourney game Tuesday and in the process upped their overall record to 4-3 by defeating Los Angeles Eagle Rock, 61-40. Krause contributed 17 points, eight rebounds and two steals, Yoshinaga had 12 points and three steals, Pacis 10 points and eight rebounds, Wu and Jacobsen both had eight points and two steals, and Masuda scored two points and had seven assists.
"We jumped out to a good lead in the first half controlling the pace of the game and applying good pressure defense creating easy baskets," Clarke said. "In the second half, we struggled to find ways to score and had way too many mental errors."
Fountain Valley plays its next tourney game at 7:30 p.m. Friday against La Jolla Country Day.
•Also at the Hoop Challenge Monday, Huntington Beach opened play with a 78-40 romp past Kennedy. Senior guard Paola Roa poured in 30 points and added four assists to lead the way for the Oilers. Freshman forward Frankie Wade-Sanchez and junior center Morgan Potter scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The tournament continues Thursday and Friday and concludes Saturday.
Huntington played a home nonleague game Tuesday against Anaheim Canyon, and whipped the Comanches, 70-45. Roa scored 26 points, and senior guard Stephanie Louie, sophomore guard Sammy Gray, and freshman forward Kaylyn Nakaji each scored nine points.
•Ocean View started play Monday at its own Hawk Holiday Classic, and the host Seahawks got 20 points from sophomore forward Treasure Robinson and 10 from sophomore forward Madisyn Newberry, and overwhelmed Oxford Academy, 68-9.
•Marina reached the championship game of the Downey Tournament Saturday and took second place after dropping the finale to North Torrance, 60-51. Senior forward Natasha Mangham scored 14 points and hauled in 19 rebounds, senior guard Danielle Kennedy scored 13 points, senior guard Madison Yutkins had eight points and six rebounds, and senior guard Melissa Lindquist scored eight points with five assists.
Kennedy and Lindquist were selected to the all-tournament team.
"North Torrance is a very quick, physical, and disciplined team," Marina Coach Carol Osbrink said. "We lost because we didn't take care of the ball but I was proud of the girls for playing tough right to the end, never giving up."
Marina played its initial game Tuesday at the Hawk Holiday Classic at Ocean View, and dropped a 69-57 game to Lakewood. Kennedy powered the Vikings (4-2) with 26 points and nine rebounds. Mangham scored nine points and had 17 rebounds, Lindquist had seven points and six assists, and junior forward Kydell Pearson scored eight points.
"The team played hard until the end, but we have to play better defense and stop the drive if we expect to win consistently," Osbrink said.