South Coast tourney quarterfinals are set

Here’s the low down from my man IM in OC:

Some good matches are in place for Tuesday and Wednesday in OC at the South Coast Holiday Classic.

San Clemente will play Foothill High School in a rematch of last years Championship game, which Foothill won 46-32. San Clemente won its first-round match Monday night over Elsinore High School, 77-36. SC was led by USC signee Cassie Harberts, with 25 points. Junior Lauren Pluimer(younger sister of former UCLA star Lindsay Pluimer) had 15 points, and freshman Brogan Griffin added 14 points in her first high school game.

In Monday’s other match up, Foothill High School beat Aliso Niguel High School, 72-46. Foothill was led by the hot shooting of Paulina Solis, who scored 22 points. Sophomore Molly Gruebel added nine points for Foothill. Irvine High School beat Torrance High School, 50-44. Irvine was led by Kristen Liddle, who had 24 points.

The quarter finals will be played both Tuesday and Wednesday at University High School and Woodbridge High School
Besides the FH v SC game, on Tuesday, the other matchups are Villa Park High School vs Laguna Hills High School. Villa Park is led by Brianna Salvatorre, a UC Davis commit and Nicole Ballesteros, who will be playing for USD next year. Laguna Hills is led by Lauren Engeln – a UConn signee – and Celia Marfone, an improving sophomore. Irvine High School will face Woodbridge High School. Woodbridge won its first-round game on Saturday.

The final quarterfinal game will be on Wednesday night with Edison High School facing off against Santa Margarita High School. Edison is led by junior standout Bonnie Samuelson, who had 27 points in her first round game, and her younger sister Karlie Samuelson, who added 15 points in her debut. Santa Margarita is led by UC Santa Barbara commit Melissa Zornig, who scored 22 points in her first-round game.

The semifinals will be Friday night at University High School at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The final games will all be played at Concordia University, in Irvine. The championship game is set for a 7:30pm tipoff.


  1. Three of the 4 semi final teams are set for Friday night at University HS.
    Woodbridge defeated Irvine HS 36-28. Ashley Ward led the Warriors with 12 points.
    Villa Park defeated Laguna Hills 49-39. The Ballestero sister led the way for VP. Nicole had 15 points while younger sister Connie had 14 points. Brianna Salvatorre had 13 points for the VP Spartans.
    Lauren Engeln had 12 points for Laguna Hill. Both of these games were held at Woodbridge HS.
    The third team into the semi finals is San Clemente. For the 2nd straight night SC scored 77 points with Cassie Harberts leading the way with a career high 38 points. SC has been hot from 3 point territory scoring 12 three point baskets on Monday night and 10 more on Tuesday night in their 77-58 win over Foothill HS.

    The remaining semifinalist will be decided on Wednesday night when Edison will play Santa Margarita HS.

    The semifinal schedule is Friday night @ University HS with Woodbridge v Vila Park at 6pm. The nightcap will be @7:30pm with San Clemente v Edison/SMHS winner.

    IM in OC

  2. Santa Margarita HS upset Edison HS in OT, 56-50, and advances to the semifinals on Friday night.
    SMHS was led by Melissa Zornigs 23 points. Edisons Bonnie Samuelson had 17 points.
    Very exciting game. SMHS had a 10 point lead at half 29-19. Edison cut into the lead to trail by two going into the final quarter. Edison had one brief lead in the 4th quarter, and then the rest of the quarter was trading baskets. During the 4th quarter SM's big, Elyse Lorenz fouled out. However, Edison couldnt take advantage and didnt have any legs left in the OT.

    Semis are Friday night at University HS:
    Villa Park v Woodbridge @ 6pm
    Santa Margarita v San Clemente @7:30pm

    All of Saturdays games are at Concordia University. 3rd place game at 6pm and Championship game at 7:30pm

    IM in OC

  3. Yep we stayed for the game after MV v University. Edison looked tired as I guess they played the night before and don't have a bench. Younger Samuelson was great 2nd half tying game with several seconds left going full length of court to get ball to #12 for a layup. But OC was right they had no legs left in OT. Not sure why they would be playing SM in 2nd game SM are good and better than most in OC. Most exciting game of tournament so far. Other Surprise is the turn around of Capo, who will cause some damage this year.

  4. Semi Finals were both exciting games.
    Woodbridge beat Villa Park 47-46.
    The first half Woodbridge out hustled VP and played much smarter ball. VP made some poor shots and were playing catchup. 2nd half VP made a come back but couldnt get the three point shot to tie it and got a 2 point shot with one scond left.

    Other Semi, Santa Margarita, led by Melissa Zornigs 43 points, a tournament record, beat San Clemente in OT 75-66
    This game went back and forth with both teams never leading by more than 5 points. SM won it in OT.
    Cassie Harberts has 24 points for SC.
    Woodbridge v VP @7:30pm
    SC v VP at 6pm
    Laguna Hills v Edison @ 4:30pm
    Conso final is
    Capo Valley v University @3pm
    All games are at Concordia University, with the first game for 15th/16th place at 9am.

    IM in OC

  5. South Coast Championship to Santa Margarita 51-44.
    The game was close for nearly the first three quarters. The score tied at 35-35 with about two minutes left in the 3rd quarter. Then SM went on a 7-0 run to lead 42-35 going into the final quarter. In fact Woodbridge went ice cold only scoring one basket and two F/T's in a five and a half minute span over the last 2 minutes+ of the third quarter and until 4:45 left in the 4th. There was some trading of baskets after that but the closest Woodbridge got was down 49-44 with less than a minute left.
    Melissa Zorning was named Tournament MVP, and deserved it for play at both ends of the court.
    She finished with 16 points. Her games vs Edison and SC were the best two games I have seen her play over the past three plus years.

    In the 3rd place game Villa Park beat San Clemente 57-43. Nicole Ballestero and Brianna Salvatorre each had 15 points for the winners. Cassie Harberts had 27 points for SC.
    Cassie Harberts was the high scorer for the tournament with 114 points, the second most points in the 16th year of the tournament.

    The new face that impressed me was Woodbridges #3 Samantha Doucette. She played JV ball last year and has looked great in all of the games I have seen her. She scored 22 points in the championship game.

    IM in OC