By Ray Keyzers/Garden Grove Journal
As the final weeks of the local high school basketball season draw near, five local teams are positioned to win league titles.
The boys and girls basketball teams from Garden Grove High are both atop their respective versions of the Garden Grove League with just three games to play. Likewise the Magnolia Sentinels are leading both the boys and girls races in the Orange League.
The Argonaut boys are 17-4 overall and 6-1 in league play. The main obstacle to a second straight GGL crown for the red-and-white will be Santiago (5-2, 9-12) hosting the Argos next Wednesday.
With a 7-0 mark in league and a two-game lead over Rancho Alamitos and La Quinta (both 5-2), the lady Argonauts have an even tighter grip on the GGL crown.
In the San Joaquin League, Orangewood Academy of Garden Grove (6-0 in league and 16-2 overall) has nearly wrapped up the girls crown.
On Tuesday night in girls Empire League play, Pacifica took on Kennedy and lost 56-24. In the Orange League, Western lost 47-42 to Anaheim, while in the Golden West League, Orange crushed Saddleback 41-18 and Westminster fell 41-38 to Santa Ana.
Also in the Orange League, Magnolia bested Century 56-28.
In boys action Tuesday, Crystal Cathedral lost 60-40 to Bethel Baptist.
Monday’s boys action in the Garden Grove League saw La Quinta outpace Los Amigos 53-33, while Garden Grove beat Bolsa Grande 61-40 and Rancho Alamitos pulled away from Santiago 57-50 (see article this page).
On the girls side of the GGL, Rancho slammed Santiago 63-57 and La Quinta defeated Los Amigos 46-40. Garden Grove stayed atop the league with a 59-42 win over Bolsa Grande.
Garden Grove’s girls basketball team went a long way Friday night toward locking up the Garden Grove League title with a 42-36 win over Rancho Alamitos.
The Argos, led by Donna Ka’anoi’s 22 points, improved to 6-0 in league (17-4 overall) while the Vaqueros fell to 5-2 and 11-8.
Led by the inside shooting of center Daisy Gomez 25 points.who they call Miss Consistency with her fantastic hook shots beat Bolsa Grande Matadors 67-47 last Wednesday night,
It was 33-21 at halftime, but in the third quarter La Quinta pulled ahead by scoring 25 points. led by the outside shooting of Daisy Sanchez 14 points and, of course, Daisy Gomez.
In the boys game La Quinta beat Bolsa Grande 57-42.With the defensive play of Steven Bui, and Ryan Mueller who scored four points and Steven Bui 15 points, the Aztecs pulled away by scoring 20-to 5 run in the fourth quarter.
Ryan Le and Allen Chow each had eight points for LaQuinta Aztecs.
On the boys’ side, in the Golden West League, Westminster defeated Santa Ana 55-52 and Orange blasted Saddleback 51-31.
In the Orange League, Magnolia defeated Western 53-47.
Garden Grove League action saw Garden Grove defeat Rancho Alamitos 64-53.
Garden Grove jumped back into a tie for the lead in the Garden Grove League in boys basketball with a 75-58 win over Santiago last Wednesday night.
The Argonauts (14-5 overall, 4-1 in league) were led by Josh Webb’s 21 points. Sean Young had 15 as the home team prevailed. Daniel Lopez led the Cavaliers with 22 points; Juan Sanchez had 15.
In other GGL action Wednesday night, Bolsa Grande defeated Los Amigos 78-65.
Pacifica dropped its second straight Empire League contest, losing a heartbreaker 59-58 to league-leading Valencia.
In the Orange League, Western defeated Savanna 74-69 and Magnolia bested Santa Ana Valley 63-48. In the Golden West League, Westminster lost 72-25 to Ocean View.
On the girls side in the GGL, Garden Grove remained on top at 5-0 with a 62-50 win over Santiago. Los Amigos bested Bolsa Grande 56-24 and Rancho Alamitos outlasted La Quinta 60-53.