Esperanza girls basketball answers Orangewood’s challenge to reach tournament final

GARDEN GROVE Esperanza’s women basketball group showcased strides in several locations Wednesday night in securing among its best success of the young season.

A full-healthy Sam Fries scored a season-high 25 factors as well as Jamie Kwong included 13 as the No. 7 Aztecs won their 5th straight game by defeating host No. 8 Orangewood Academy 58-40 to reach the finals of the 10th Spartan Classic.

Esperanza (8-3) will likely satisfy top-ranked Mater Dei in the championship Saturday evening at 8:30.

Fries, an uncommitted 6-foot-1 elderly post, was a force in the paint from the opening up quarter to her eight-point 4th period, revealing no signs of the knee injury that she recouped from last season.

But equally as notably, the Aztecs showed the resolve to answer a rise by Orangewood, which twice reduced Esperanza’s when 19-point bring about four factors in the 3rd.

Student reserve Emily Briggs sank a late 3-pointer in the third duration and also Esperanza scored the first 6 factors of the fourth to take control.

“That’s awesome because in 2014 we most likely would have proceeded to decreased south,” Esperanza train Jimmy Valverde stated of the Aztecs’ action. “We managed their finest strike., We were a young team in 2015. A whole lot of brand-new ladies. Ladies were harmed. I think they’ve matured.”

Esperanza’s Katie Kubo and also Megan Nieto likewise added in the 4th quarter. Kubo tossed a no-look pass to a reducing Nieto for a layup that made the rating 45-34 as well as Kubo complied with up banking in a 3-pointer for a 48-36 lead with 4 minutes left.

The Aztecs changed in the 4th to a guy defense from their area and half-court and also outscored the Spartans 21-10.

“It was an actually crucial action,” French fries stated of the success. “Our trains were informing us exactly how defense was going to win the game (in the 4th quarter) … … as well as it was real.”

Esperanza led 22-3 in the first quarter and also completed the opening structure shooting 9 of 14 from the flooring, consisting of 3 of 6 from past the 3-point arc. Kwong made two of her three 3-pointers in the frame.

“That assisted me (inside) because they had to contest the 3-pointer,” French fries claimed.

Orangewood reduced Esperanza’s bring about 34-30 late in the third before Briggs’ 3-pointer from the wing established the stage for the 4th quarter.

The Spartans, that were missing four principals with injuries, missed out on the finals for the very first time at the tournament but received 16 factors from arising junior Tarryn Ross.

Fresher Kristal Caldwell scored eight factors off the bench for Orangewood.

“We lost ground,” Spartans trainer Leslie Aragon said. “They’re an excellent team.”

More outcomes to come

Seal Beach police arrest pair after chasing pickup carrying a stolen motorcycle

SEAL COASTLINE — — A males and female were apprehended Tuesday on uncertainty of leading Seal Beach police on a chase in a pick-up truck with a swiped motorcycle in the back.

Officers were phoned call to the Recreation World retirement home about 4:30 a.m. relating to a dubious automobile, said Seal Coastline cops Sgt. Michael Henderson.

When authorities tried to stop the Toyota Tacoma at Seal Beach Boulevard and also Golden Rain Roadway, the chauffeur increased and also led them on a chase that underwent Long Beach, Los Alamitos as well as then back right into Seal Coastline, where it finished at Seal Coastline Blvd as well as Old Cattle Ranch Roadway, Henderson said.

The motorist eventually stopped as well as Ryan Putney, 33, and Amee Harvasty, 32, both of Garden Grove, were detained, Henderson stated.

Authorities recouped the stolen motorbike in the rear of the pickup and returned it to the proprietor, Henderson claimed.

Authorities were investigating comparable thefts in the Leisure Globe location, he claimed.

Anybody with info practical to detectives was asked to call Investigative Samantha Mathias at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1108.

Costa Mesa police seek 4 women suspected of stealing high-end purses, pepper-spraying worker

COSTA MESA — — 4 women suspected of stealing numerous premium purses are being looked for by authorities in Costa Mesa.

The 4 ladies entered into a store in the Mitsuwa Market shopping mall in the 600 block of Paularino Opportunity about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and swiped several pricey purses, after that pepper-sprayed a staff member who tried to quit them, according to Roxi Fayed of the Costa Mesa Cops Division.

The suspects ran away the scene in what was thought to be a white portable car, Fayed claimed.

The suspects obviously were in the area hrs in the past, casing the store, Fayed stated.

Thorough summaries of the suspects or the car used in the criminal activity were not promptly available.

Any person with info regarding the criminal activity was asked to call Investigator Monte Peters at (714) 754-5198.

Man fatally shot in Santa Ana

A man was fatally fired in Santa Ana on Sunday, Dec. 9.

A citizen reported the shooting at about 5:15 p.m. near the junction of St. Andrew Area and South Kilson Drive, stated Santa Ana Authorities Leader Robert Rodriguez. He claimed officers reacting to the telephone call found a grown-up male struggling with a gunshot wound to the top torso.

The male was moved to a local health center, where he was later noticable dead, stated Rodriguez. His identification was not immediately released.

Information pertaining to a motive, or a description of any feasible suspects was not instantly available from authorities.