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Sloppy Laguna still a winner

Girls' basketball team struggles after long layoff but still beats Savanna, 46-41.

January 06, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

A long layoff over the holiday break nearly cost the Laguna Beach girls' basketball team Tuesday.

Playing its first game since Dec. 20, Laguna took on host Savanna in nonleague play. The rusty Breakers were plagued early by turnovers and inconsistent play but had enough in the tank to pull out a 46-41 victory.

The score was tied with two minutes to play before Laguna took charge.

"It was a good win though because of our long layoff and the team we played was 9-4," Hendrickson said.

Emily Writer had 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Sam Garner was seven of nine from the field and finished with 14 points. Garner also pulled down 13 rebounds.

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Through Tuesday, Writer was averaging 24 points and eight rebounds a game and Garner 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks.

Laguna, which improved to 5-3, played at Ocean View on Thursday, the result of which wasn't available by press time. The Breakers host Vaughn of the San Fernando Valley at 6 p.m. Saturday in another nonleague matchup and open Orange Coast League play next week.

They'll play their league opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Estancia.

"We still have a ways to go to compete for a league title," Hendrickson said. "We have to play more consistently, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. We take too many possessions off and that will be costly when it comes to competing in league.

"We've made some good strides from last year but still need to work hard in order to get where we want to be. Estancia is the favorite, with Godinez and Costa Mesa not too far behind."

Laguna is seeking its first — and just second in school history — league championship since 2004.

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Laguna, which has the week off, begins defense of its Orange Coast League title — something the Breakers have owned for the past four years — Wednesday with a league opener at Estancia. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

Laguna last played at the Century Tournament Dec. 27 to 30, where it went 1-3. The Breakers started the tournament with a 66-64 win over Beckman but then dropped games to San Clemente (50-43), San Juan Hills (57-42) and Irvine (57-45).

Against Irvine, Derek Reigel scored 14 points and Jake Dalke, who missed both the San Clemente and San Juan Hills games due to tendonitis in his knee, had 12 points for the Breakers (7-8).

Reigel also had 13 and Tyler Masukawa 11 points in the San Juan Hills game.

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