Garden Grove Journal
The Orangewood Academy Spartans’ girls’ basketball team won the CIF Southern Section Division 6 title Saturday at Mater Dei High School, edging Providence Hall 34-31.
Orangewood, a Seventh-Day Adventists school located in Garden Grove, has just 80 students in its high school.
Yet the girls had enough to bring home the schools first section crown and propel them into the opening round of the state playoffs Wednesday (results too late for our deadline) against Vincent Memorial of Calexico.
The Spartans, who have a 25-4 record, had the advantage of playing with a bit of a home court edge over the visitors from Santa Barbara.
“We had over 500 fans in the gym at Mater Dei,” said Leslie Aragon, who is both the coach and athletic director for the school. “It’s incredible the reaction this team has created.”
It was a tense game throughout, with the Spartans leading by just one at halftime and three going into the final quarter. They were led by center Raquel Spencer, who had 14 points and the go-ahead free throw. Guard Jareni Nunez sealed the win with two more free throws in the closing seconds.
The result of the close victory was the school’s first CIF section title in any sport, and a trip to the regional and state playoffs which could conclude in Sacramento on March 24.