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Orange Coast College women’s basketball leans on ‘unmatched’ chemistry to defend state title

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Orange County crowned four CIF-SS champions in basketball in the winter but the success on the court didn’t stop there.

Orange Coast College’s women’s team captured its second consecutive state title earlier this month to join the list of champions.

With contributions from several county products, the Pirates defeated Glendale 71-60 at Mt. SAC on March 17 to finish the season 30-3.

“It’s pretty unbelievable,” said Orange Coast College coach Sammy Doucette, who played at Woodbridge and Vanguard. “(Winning a second title) was the goal the second we won the first one. I’m very proud of (our team) for making it happen.”

Guard Ashari Cassell (Orange Lutheran), a Cal State LA commit, scored a team-high 19 points and guard Bridgette McIntyre (Huntington Beach/St. Anthony) added 18 to lead Pirates.

McIntyre sank five of the Orange Coast’s 10 3-pointers en route to being selected tournament MVP.

Orange Coast College featured starting forward Myia Collins (Cypress) and reserve guard Emmeline Law (Irvine). Collins had 20 points and eight rebounds in an 88-66 win against Mt. SAC in the SoCal regional finals.

The Pirates also started Alyssa Dreessen (ML King) and Jordan Arreola (ML King) in the state final, and received key play off the bench from Sabrina Lopez (Etiwanda).

“Our culture is unmatched,” Doucette said, “and culture doesn’t graduate.”

Orange County’s CIF-SS champions were JSerra and Canyon in girls, and Marina and La Habra in boys.

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