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Girls basketball: Mesa rallies

January 30, 2002

IRVINE Junior Rhondi Naff hit a 40-foot shot at the buzzer to send

the game into overtime and Costa Mesa High dominated in extra time to

earn a 61-54 victory over host Northwood in a Pacific Coast League girls

basketball game Tuesday.

With the victory, the Mustangs are tied with Northwood for third place

in league.

Eileen Bello hit two free throws for the the Mustangs (9-14, 3-4 in

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league) in overtime, but Northwood inched back to tie the score, 53-53.

It was all Costa Mesa from there. Naff scored five of the Mustangs'

last seven points in overtime.

Going into the fourth quarter, Costa Mesa trailed by eight points, but

went on a 9-1 run to start the period and switched to a full-court press

to turn the things around.

Naff scored 19 points and had four assists and three steals to lead

Costa Mesa. Rickell Reeves pitched in with a career-high 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Northwood falls to 6-17, 3-4.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Costa Mesa 61, Northwood 54

Score by Periods

Costa Mesa 10 8 8 24 11 - 61

Northwood 12 9 13 16 4 - 54

Costa Mesa - Bello 5, Caron 3, Grewal 5, Naff 19, Poncher 3, Brick 7,

Reeves 13, Sanchez 6.

3-pt. goals - Brick 1, Naff 1

Fouled out - None.

Technicals - None.

Northwood - Monroe 2, Macias 14, Miles 6, Smith 13, Lipscomb 15, Edmundson 2, Huang 2.

3-pt. goals - Macias 1, Miles 1.

Fouled out - Lipscomb, Macias.

Technicals - None.

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