By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy
For the first half of league play, the girls’ basketball squad appeared on target to miss the playoffs altogether despite glowing preseason forecasts that described the 2011 team as possibly the best in 30 years.
It appears 2011 will be a special season after all after a week of surprisingly strong play and a pair of Breaker victories over Costa Mesa and Godinez. Coach Jon Hendrickson’s squad has relied on the duo of all-time scorer Emily Writer (17.5 points per game scoring average for 84 games over four seasons) and Samantha Garner (750 career points in 79 games, 671 career rebounds). Adding to the mix has been the emergence of sophomore Lola Cowie, who has provided long overdue relief to the seniors. Cowie had four, three-point shots in last Thursday’s 51-36 win over second place Costa Mesa (7-2, 12-13) and her three-pointer near halftime gave the Breakers the lead for good. Cowie led the team with 18 points while Garner and Writer each had 13. Garner also dominated the boards with 19 rebounds.
On Monday, Laguna took Godinez 49-38 (4-5, 12-13) at the Grizzlies gym playing great defense and pulling away in the third period for the victory. Garner led the team with 18 points followed by Cowie with 14 and Writer with 11. Laguna needed to beat Saddleback (2-7, 9-14) this past Wednesday to avoid a playoff with Godinez for the third playoff spot. A win would give Laguna 12 victories for the season, second most in the past 30 seasons and only their sixth trip ever to post-season play.
Marina Paul scored twice to give Laguna a 2-2 tie with Costa Mesa (4-3-2, 6-8-7) hurting the Mustang’s post-season chances. Laguna (1-6-2, 6-9-4) closed out their season on Wednesday at Saddleback.
The varsity squad (1-6-2, 6-9-4) returned to the field after a one-week suspension last Friday, dropping a 6-2 match to first-place Godinez. Breakers closed out their season this past week with Costa Mesa and Saddleback.