Laguna joins playoff party

Girls' and boys' basketball teams clinch CIF postseason berths, with the boys doing it by winning their fifth straight league title.

February 10, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Laguna Beach's Emily Writer (13) puts up a shot as Costa Mesa's Marilyn Armstrong (3) defends during a game at Laguna Beach High School.
Laguna Beach's Emily Writer (13) puts up a shot as… (KENT TREPTOW, Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach boys' and girls' basketball teams are CIF playoff bound.

The Breaker boys on Monday earned their fifth consecutive Orange Coast League title and in the process sewed up a trip to the postseason.

On Wednesday, the Breaker girls punched their reservation to the postseason party by winning their season finale.

The CIF will release pairings for the boys' and girls' basketball playoffs Sunday.


Girls' Basketball

Laguna earned a CIF playoff berth on the final day of the regular season Wednesday by rolling past host Saddleback, 52-34. The Breakers grabbed control of the game early, taking a 17-5 lead in the first quarter. They led 31-20 at the half, had the lead trimmed to 39-32 after three quarters, then put on the defensive breaks in the fourth quarter by holding the Roadrunners to just two points.

Emily Writer led all scorers with 18 points. Lola Cowie and Holly Battle also scored in double figures with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Cowie got her points on five three-point shots. Center Sam Garner, who Coach Jon Hendrickson said "wasn't feeling her best," still managed to grab 15 rebounds and block seven shots.


With the win, Laguna finished league play 6-4, good for third place. The Breakers take a 12-9 overall record into next week's playoffs. The Breakers are heading to the playoffs for the second time in four years.

Hendrickson, who said that the 12 wins are the second most in the program's history, called Wednesday's victory "a great win for our program."

"It was a great night of celebration for our team, especially for Sam and Emily capping off two outstanding careers," he said.

In two previous league outings, Laguna defeated Costa Mesa and Godinez to put itself in contention for a coveted playoff berth.

"The girls are to be commended for showing a lot of heart and sticking it out through some tough moments, both on and off the court," Hendrickson said. "I couldn't be more proud of my team than I was after these two hard-fought victories."

Laguna on Monday picked up a crucial road victory by winning, 49-38, at Godinez. Writer had a high temperature before the game and Battle sprained a finger in the first half and didn't play in the second half, Hendrickson said. With two starters ailing, other Breakers stepped up to deliver strong performances, including Cowie, who hit three three-point shots and finished with 13 points. Garner again came up big, this time with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

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