Girls' Basketball Preview: Laguna Beach continues to trend up

Breakers had a remarkable turnaround season last year, that included a school-record 19 wins.

November 21, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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You could say the turnaround the Laguna Beach High girls' basketball team experienced last year was nothing short of phenomenal.

One year after going winless (0-18), last year's Breakers, a young squad that received big contributions from its upperclassmen and a strong freshman class, went the complete opposite direction. They racked up a win total of 19 games, setting a new school record for wins in a single season, and finished 19-6 overall. They started the season with a 6-0 run, won 12 of their first 13 games, and concluded it with an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division 4A playoffs.

Laguna also won the only two nonleague tournaments it entered last year. No Laguna team had won a tournament title in any previous year, Coach Mark Lewis said.

Ten players, including four starters, return from last year's record-setting team. Among that group is sophomore guard/forward Jackie Cenan who last year, as a freshman and starter, was named co-MVP of the Orange Coast League, and MVP of both tournaments Laguna won.


Cenan averaged a near double-double per game last year with 17.8 points and 9.8 rebounds averages. She also led the team in steals with four per game, and was second per game in assists (2.3).

Two other all-league players, senior center Jane Wallin (first team) and sophomore guard/forward Alexandra Lewis (second team), as well as senior guard Kyra Humphries, also are returning starters.

Wallin averaged just over nine points and six rebounds per game, Lewis 6.5 points, three steals and nearly two assists, and Humphries 5.5 points, 2.5 assists and nearly three steals a game.

"After coming off a successful campaign, we can expect that teams will be prepared for us on a nightly basis," Lewis said. "Our schedule is a bit more demanding this season, but we are well positioned to be able to enjoy some good success again this season. We have our core players returning with good experience from last season, and some girls who have developed in the off-season along with the two new freshmen additions.

"Last season, we were focused on turning the program around, learning how to win and then letting winning beget more winning. We had a goal to compete strong in league and to earn a CIF berth. We did that. This season, our goal is to compete for league title, which will in turn earn a CIF berth, but one that will hopefully come with a better seeding so we can move beyond the first round deeper into the playoffs."

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