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Laguna Beach gets back on winning track

Youth Scene

January 19, 2012

The Laguna Beach girls' fifth/sixth grade team ran its record to 4-1 Saturday and got back on the winning track by defeating Capo Dana, 26-14, in National Junior Basketball action at Thurston Middle School in Laguna Beach.

Laguna earned the win after pulling away from an 11-10 halftime lead. Its defensive effort, sparked by Molly Cohn, allowed Capo Valley just four second-half points.

Laguna was led in scoring by Sophia Lucas with 17 points and Taylor Glenn scored five points.

In a previous game Jan. 7, Laguna suffered its first loss of the season, 30-27, against Niguel Aliso at Aliso Niguel High. Laguna held the lead throughout the game but Niguel Aliso used a full-court press in the fifth quarter and took a 28-27 lead with 10 seconds to play. Laguna turned the ball over on the inbounds pass after the go-ahead score, and Niguel Aliso scored before the final buzzer.

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Lucas again led Laguna with 17 points and Isabel Mansour added eight points.

Laguna is idle this weekend and returns to the court Jan. 28 for a game against El Toro.

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Girls' Division 3

The Laguna Beach girls' third-fourth grade team continued its impressive start to the season by rolling to a 38-10 victory Saturday at Laguna Hills. The defensive play of Emmalisa Randrup, Cosette Chesley, Ella Dartez and Isabel Meekma was key to the win, which put Laguna Beach at 5-0. Piper Naess led all scorers with 14 points and Jamie MacKay scored eight.

— From Staff Reports

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