COSTA MESA — Mike Thornton had a Saturday he won't soon forget.
Earlier in the day, the Orange Coast College women's basketball coach watched his daughter, Kelsey, with pride. Kelsey is a junior utility player on the San Clemente High girls' water polo team, which won the CIF Southern Section Division II title at Irvine's Woollett Aquatics Center with a victory over Santiago of Corona.
A few hours later, Thornton was back at OCC, trying to will his team to another important win.
He can thank Helena Robel for extending the Pirates' season.
The sophomore guard had a team-high 12 points, all in the second half, as the fifth-seeded Pirates ecked out a 48-44 victory over No. 12-seeded Southwestern in the second round of the Southern California Regional playoffs. OCC will play host to No. 13-seeded Riverside in a regional quarterfinal Wednesday night.