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Breakers find a way to land the Eagles

January 14, 2005

Mike Sciacca

Going by the motto, "Good teams find a way to win," the Laguna Beach

High girls' basketball team did just that Tuesday night against host

Calvary Chapel.

Laguna struggled early, lacked discipline and couldn't found its

touch offensively, yet the Breakers indeed found a way to win,

recording a 64-57 Pacific Coast League victory.

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That win, coupled with a Jan. 6 league opening victory over

Northwood, puts Laguna at 2-0 in league play.

Calvary Chapel opened up a 32-28 halftime lead, but Laguna

outscored the Eagles, 16-9, in the third quarter, to take a 44-41

advantage into the final eight minutes.

"We really didn't play very disciplined, never really got in a

good groove on offense," Laguna coach Stacy Howard said. "We have to

keep reminding ourselves that we are such a young team. We expect

them all to grow up on the court so fast and remembering that they

are young is something to keep in mind.

"It was a strange flow to the game, start to finish. A lot of

transition game, not a lot of set offense from either team. We got

out to an early lead, I think it was 9-3 or 9-4, and then let them

back in and tied at the end of the fist quarter. We seemed to have a

real let down in the second quarter, but still scored 28 in the half

and only trailed by four. We bounced back in the third with good

defense."

Laguna opened up its biggest lead of the night -- 12 points --

with 1:30 to go.

However, the Eagles nailed a pair of three-point shots to narrow

that lead, but Laguna responded by hitting its free throws in the

final minute.

Despite hitting those key foul shots, the Breakers were just 15 of

27 from the charity stipe.

"That still needs work," Howard said of her team's free throw

shooting. "But overall, in a sloppy game for us, we found a way to

win."

Calvary Chapel's Chelsea DeLuca led all scorers with 29 points.

"It was a good overall game from her, but we did a decent job of

shutting her down and keeping pressure on her all night. Eight of her

points came in the last minute of the game."

Claire Bevacqua was right behind DeLuca and led Laguna with 28

points.

"She played a fantastic all-around game, especially in the second

half," Howard said. "She had steals off the press and in the half

court, tons of tips and a couple of blocked shots, as well. She was

big on the boards.

"We pressed the whole game, kept the pressure on up top and caused

a bunch of turnovers. Andrea Ventura also played a great game for us.

She got every important rebound that we needed and played great 'D'

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