Huntington Beach Girls Basketball

Huntington Beach coach Russ McClurg has a young team, but experienced team from last season, including all-league performers Jasmine Erving and Noelani Viloria, who both average near 15 points and eight rebounds per game.

Huntington Beach didn't exactly sneak up on the Sea View League this season. In the difficult Sunset League, the Noelani ViloriaOilers went 7-3 (22-7 overall) last season, with six losses coming by four points or less.

 

As the new Sea View League entrant, the Oilers have rolled through opposition with a 7-0 mark and 19-3 overall, and have won three non league tournament championships.

 

Huntington Beach coach Russ McClurg has a young team, but experienced team from last season, including all-league performers Jasmine Erving and Noelani Viloria, who both average near 15 points and eight rebounds per game.

 

After claiming tournament championships in Chandler, Arizona, at Santa Ana Century High and Palm Desert, combined with its results to date, the Oilers have easily secured a decent playoff seeding and Erving and Viloria are all-CIF shoe-in's.

 

"Jas (Erving) is the body and soul of our team," said McClurg. "She's got a great touch around the basket and can be very intimidating. She makes teams adjust to the outside shot."

 

Viloria, a sophomore, scored a career best 30 points with nine assists against Stockdale, Arizona and followed with 19 points and nine rebounds against San Leandro to help capture the Nike Tourney of Champions title.

 

"Viloria was just converted from off guard to point guard. She makes great decisions and makes the show go, and on the floor is an extention of the coach," said McClurg.

 

In the Century Tournament title game win over Edison, Viloria hit for 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. Jade Viloria added nine points on three, 3-pointer's.

 

Erving is a 6-2 junior who made an immediate impact in the Sea View League but sinking two free throws with one second left to give the Oilers a 51-50 win against Irvine Northwood. Erving finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Erving was MVP of the Palm Desert Tournment after scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds in limited action in a 41-30 win over Indio in the title game. Erving scored 20 points with 10 rebounds against Stockdale, followed by 14 points and 15 rebounds against Rancho Cucamonga.

 

In the 56-50 win against neighboring Edison and former Sunset League rival, Erving led all players with 21 points and nine rebounds.

 

McClurg told that numerous college programs are expressing interest in Viloria and Erving, including UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State, and Missouri State.

 

Huntington Beach also features 5-11 senior rebound specialist Rebecca Murray, who got a season-high 14 rebounds against Norco, but averages about eight.

 

While Viloria and Erving account for most of the Oilers scoring, Jena Klett and Jade Viloria both play key roles in play making capacities. "Our player's are committed to the roles they play," said McClurg.

 

 "Going into the season, I just wanted us to be competitive and didn't really expect much," said McClurg. "We lost two key players before the season. One transferred to Marina High and the other was not eligible."

 

McClurg is in his fourth season at the helm of the Oilers. He led Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana to a CIF title and the state championship game in 1999.

 

Huntington Beach's three losses this season have been close one's to Mater Dei, Norco, and Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. McClurg said that he started to see something special in the early season, 59-51 loss to Bishop Gorman.

 

"How good our team has become---is just mind boggling."


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