Huntington Seashore Excessive ladies’ basketball coach Russell McClurg will not be utterly relaxed proper now, however he definitely just isn’t as nervous as he was throughout the common season.
McClurg anticipated to win the Surf League this season, and as soon as his staff ran the desk to take action, he felt that no matter his staff did from there could be “icing on the cake.”
The Oilers now have one other second to get pleasure from.
Andie Payne had game-high totals of 25 factors and 14 rebounds to steer Huntington Seashore to a 53-48 win over Aliso Niguel within the first spherical of the CIF Southern Part Division 1 playoffs on Thursday evening at dwelling.
The junior heart additionally supplied a trio of three-pointers, an added wrinkle to an Oilers staff that usually does properly to seek out open seems late within the shot clock.
“Every thing is on icing on the cake as a result of we’ve had such a very good yr,” McClurg stated following the win. “Aliso is an excellent staff. They had been deep. They had been athletic. They had been fast.
“Our sport plan labored rather well. I believe the sport plan with Andie, sooner or later, I simply stated, ‘Andie, it’s important to take that shot.’ She took it, and he or she hit three threes within the sport, which actually opened all the pieces up for us.”