Los Angeles Preps: Karlie Samuelson

1. There aren't many sports where this quote is acceptable, but wrestling is one of them: "I wanted to go out and beat up on some kids," Miguel Ramirez told the Orange County Register after pinning all four of his opponents Saturday in the Laguna Hills Invitational. Ramirez, a 140-pounder for Laguna Hills, was returning to action after having been out with a back injury. The Hawks won their meet by producing five champions. Ramirez and Yorba Linda's Garret Myers (120) shared lower weight MVP, and Laguna Hills' Jason Newcomer (160) and Edison's Greg Meline (170) shared the award for the upper weights.

2. Mater Dei's girls' basketball team got pushed into the second half on Saturday in its victory over JSerra. With sole possession of first place in the Trinity League on the line, the Monarchs (18-2) held a 33-30 halftime lead and a 51-41 margin before pulling away for a 70-46 victory. Nirra Fields and Jordan Adams scored 24 and 20 points, respectively, for Mater Dei, which was ranked No. 11 in the nation in the ESPNHS Powerade Fab 50. Mater Dei's girls are ranked higher nationally than the boys, who registered at No. 15 last week.

3. Santa Margarita has spent the season in the shadows of girls' basketball, but with freshman transfer student Zaier Williams gaining her eligibility on Friday, the whole complexion of the program changes. The athletic guard can change the landscape, and scored 24 points in her debut, a 57-52 victory over San Diego Cathedral Catholic on Saturday. The Eagles (9-13) have been in rebuilding mode and are winless in four league games; that will probably change.

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Orange County: Edison 45, Troy 44

March, 3, 2011
3/03/11
10:55
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ANAHEIM -- The game was in hand. Troy was 5.9 seconds from winning a Southern Section Division 1A girls' basketball title. The Warriors had the ball under the Edison basket, and Edison had fouls to give. All Troy had to do was successfully pass the ball in-bounds. All Edison could do was foul the Warriors and watch the time inch off the Anaheim Arena clock.

Then Bonnie Samuelson made the play of her stellar prep career.

The 6-foot-3 Stanford-bound wing got a hand on Shelby Dougherty's inbounds pass to Briana Roberson and grabbed it out of the air. She turned and shot as quick as she could. And with 3.4 seconds, Samuelson had delivered a controversial 45-44 miracle, a championship for Edison for the first time since 1987.

"I can't even believe that just happened," Samuelson said. "I can't believe I got the ball. I just got it and shot real quick.

"You've always got to think you have a chance. You just have to stay positive."

Samuelson scored 19 points, including a 13 of 14 performance from the free-throw line. But her shooting from the field was sub-par for her; she made only three of 12, and had been short on a three-point attempt with nine seconds remaining.

"It was a great lesson for the girls to never give up," said Edison coach Dan Wiley. "It's tough to lose a game like that."

Even tougher, apparently, given the score-keeping that was questioned by Troy coach Roger Anderson. According to him, both the Edison and Troy scorers had the final score tied at 44-44. ESPNLA.com and the Huntington Beach Independent also had the score 44-44.

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