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Basketball Roundup: Breakers got game

Laguna Beach girls' basketball team performs well with strong defense at Hawk Holiday Classic in HB.

December 12, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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Laguna Beach High girls' basketball coach Mark Lewis said if his team played the way it performed Wednesday at the Hawk Holiday Classic in Huntington Beach throughout the rest of the season, he'd be a happy camper.

The Breakers had little trouble handling Santa Ana Valley in their second tournament Premier Flight Division pool-play game at Ocean View High. They broke away from a 4-2 lead early and rolled from there, eventually running away with a 60-14 victory.

The win was the second in the tournament and fourth straight for Laguna, which improved to 4-3.

"I'm happy with the win," Lewis said. "What I liked most about it, was that any time you hold a team to 14 points, you're doing a great job. We played good defense, Man 1 through Man 11.

"It was a complete-team victory and everyone contributed. We had some much balance today. If we continue to play like this from here on out, I'll be really happy."

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Laguna zoomed from a 4-2 lead and turned it into a 19-2 advantage. The Breakers led 21-4, through the first eight minutes. Two free throws by sophomore guard Jackie Cenan started an 8-0 Laguna run to open the second quarter, a run that ended on a driving layup by senior guard Kendra Overstreet that took the score to 29-4.

Sophomore guard Alexandra Lewis hit a three-point shot midway through the quarter for the final points of the half for the Breakers, who took a 38-8 into the break.

Late in the third quarter, nice feeds down the lane by Cenan and Overstreet led to layups by sophomore forward Francesca Cecutti on consecutive trips down the floor for the Breakers, whose lead grew to 40 points (52-12).

Laguna's offensive balance included five players in double figures. Cenan and Cecutti both scored 13 points, senior center Jane Wallin had 12 points, and both Overstreet and Lewis scored 10 points.

In its Hawk Holiday Classic opener Monday, Laguna cruised past Dominguez, 58-28. Cenan led all scorers with 30 points and Alexandra Lewis had 16 points.

The win came two days after wrapping play at the Oxford Academy Tournament. The Breakers concluded tourney play with a 62-30 win against Loara. Wallin posted 25 points, Lewis had 16 points and Cenan, who was named to the all-tournament team, had 14 points.

"While we didn't start the tourney on the right foot, we ended 2-2 in the tourney coming off of two straight victories heading into the Ocean View tournament with some momentum," Mark Lewis said.

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