LAGUNA BEACH — Sam Garner and Emily Writer met at midcourt after the game, sharing first a chest-bump and then a big hug.
On senior night for the Laguna Beach High girls' basketball team, the four-year varsity starters delivered.
Costa Mesa's seniors went more quickly to the locker room after their Orange Coast League title hopes took a big hit. The Mustangs fell in the key league game, 51-36, on Thursday night at Laguna Beach High.
The Mustangs (11-13, 6-2 in league) fell two games behind rival Estancia (8-0 in league) with two to play. The Eagles can clinch the outright league title by winning at Saddleback on Monday night.
Costa Mesa plays host to last-place Calvary Chapel on Monday, followed by the second Battle for the Bell game against Estancia on Wednesday.
"Hopefully we'll come out with a victory against Calvary and then we'll look for Estancia," Mustangs Coach Nichole Maddox said. "If it comes down to it and we're there for second place, that's not a complete loss for our season."