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Girls' Basketball: Magical season for Breakers

Laguna Beach took 19-5 record into Thursday night's game. Last year, the team was winless.

February 14, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach | Coastline…)

Last time at this year, the Laguna Beach girls' basketball team was putting away its gear following a tough, winless season.

What a turnaround the program has seen in 12 months.

This week, the Breakers were tuning up their gear, their game, in anticipation of their opening game in the CIF Southern Section Division 4-A playoffs at Brentwood. The score from Thursday's first-round game wasn't available at press time.

The winner of Thursday's game advances to a 7 p.m. second-round game Saturday.

Laguna had earned the third and final automatic playoff berth from the Orange Coast League by defeating Costa Mesa, 43-30, in a one-game playoff Jan. 8 at Saddleback High. The Breakers and Mustangs had tied for third place during the regular league season.

Costa Mesa still was able to garner an at-large bid to the Division 4-AA tournament.

"While we didn't make it easy on ourselves by having to go to a playoff game against Costa Mesa, the hard work made it all that more rewarding," Laguna Coach Mark Lewis said. "We once again played very stingy defense, holding Costa Mesa to only 30 points wherein they scored in double figures in only one quarter [the fourth]. We did a much better job taking care of the ball than we did during the home loss to Costa Mesa last Wednesday (Feb. 6). We handled their full-court press well throughout the game just as we had done when we defeated them in January at their place.

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"And with the win, we secured third place in league and the final automatic qualifying place for CIF. We are excited to have achieved one of the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the season."

Freshman forward Jackie Cenan, who missed the Feb. 6 game against Costa Mesa due to illness and still "wasn't 100%" Feb. 8, Lewis said, still posted a game-high 18-points. Kylie Even scored nine points and Jane Wallin scored eight.

Cenan enters the postseason averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game.

"While Jackie has had an unbelievable season, especially for a freshman, she could not have done it alone," Lewis explained. "Our team is so well balanced. We have a presence inside led by Jane Wallin, Jackie's talent in the mid-range game and on the offensive glass, our outside game led by freshman Alexandra Lewis, who leads the team in three-pointers, senior Kylie Even, and junior Mandi Wisbaum.

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