Hoop Players Outscore Indians
Girls Basketball (3-2)
Breakers are off to one of the program’s best starts and used a team effort to defeat Fullerton 43-29 last Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Dugger Gym. Emily Writer led the squad with 25 points and nine rebounds while senior center Samantha Garner added 11 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocked shots. Also scoring were Lola Cowie, Kylie Even, and Diana Necula. Breakers held a slim 17-16 lead at the intermission but outscored the Indians 12-2 in the third period to break the contest open. Breakers played a non-league game this week and travel for a pair of games next week before taking a break and resuming play in January.
Boys Basketball (4-3)
Breakers bounced back this week, defeating host Westminster 45-35 Monday in the opening game of the Lion’s own tournament. Breakers were down 24-18 but a 16-4 third quarter run helped Laguna to the win. Last week, the Breakers lost a pair of non-league games at home dropping a 66-50 game to Dana Hills on Wednesday, Dec. 8 and a 61-57 contest to Irvine on Friday. Against Dana, Breakers were inconsistent and could not keep pace with the Dolphins. Jake Dalke with 13 points, Jack Pillsbury, 12, and Tyler Kesler with 10, led the squad.
Against Irvine, the Breakers held a 27-24 lead at the intermission. But coupled with point guard Tyler Masukawa re-injuring his ankle and a stubborn press by the Vacqueros, visitors outscored Laguna 20-8 to take control of the game. By the time Laguna adjusted to the defense, the damage was done and Laguna’s rally could not close the gap. The Westminster tournament concludes tomorrow. Next week Laguna faces Marina in the North-South Challenge at El Toro High School on Wednesday.
Girls Water Polo (2-0)
Breakers opened their 14th season of girls water polo on Tuesday, Dec. 7, with a 12-9 victory over Mater Dei at the loser’s pool. The Monarchs (No. 8 in OC, No. 6 in SSCIF D-II) took an early lead but Yoshi Anderson and Melina Masson were unstoppable in leading the Laguna comeback in the second period. Etianne Manetta recorded eight saves and a steal as goalie. Laguna lead the series 3-0.
This past Tuesday, Laguna held off D-I’s eighth-ranked Edison 11-10 in an exciting match played at the local pool. Breakers opened a 2-0 early lead on scores by Anderson and Masson but Edison kept pace to the end of the first quarter with Laguna holding a slim 3-2 lead. In the second period, Edison was unstoppable with four accurate scores to take a commanding 6-3 lead with Anderson finally breaking the Charger run with a score in the last minute of the half.
In the third quarter, Laguna scored three straight goals to retake the lead at 7-6, aided by Edison’s loss of accuracy, missing open shots that could have changed the outcome. The Chargers finally tied the game at 10 midway in the fourth period, which was followed by Lida DeGroote scoring the final goal with just 2:18 remaining. Edison had two great shots in the closing minute, including one with just two seconds remaining, but blocks by Manetta saved the day.
This week Laguna hosted another tough foe in No. 10 Fountain Valley yesterday and Breakers travel to Ventura County tomorrow to play D-II’s leader, top-ranked Agoura.
Girls Soccer (1-2-2)
Laguna competed last week in the Ocean View tournament, defeating Garden Grove 2-1 on Saturday morning and dropping a 4-0 match to Brea-Olinda in the afternoon. The squad traveled to Laguna Hills for a match yesterday and host University on Monday at home.
Boys Soccer (1-0-1)
Breakers were off since Dec. 3 and resume play tonight, Dec. 17, hosting Dana Hills at Guyer Field. This Monday, the boys host University, 7 p.m. at home and Orange Lutheran on Wednesday at 3 p.m.