An early battle between undefeated National Junior Basketball girls' teams Saturday went to the Laguna Beach Breakers.
The Breakers earned another victory, their fourth of the season, by turning back Niguel Aliso, 36-25, at Thurston Middle School in Laguna Beach. Laguna combined balanced scoring and aggressive defense to win the Division 1 contest.
Sophia Lucas led Laguna in scoring with 11 points followed by Nicole Davidson with nine points. Isabel Mansour and Madison Sinclair both scored seven points.
Laguna travels Saturday to Laguna Hills to take on Rancho Santa Margarita.
In other NJB action:
Girls' Division 2
Laguna Beach played a doubleheader Saturday and came away with a split decision.
In its first game, undefeated teams Laguna and Capo Dana met at St. Margaret's School and the Breakers fell, 24-19. Molly Cohn led Laguna with 10 points.
The Breakers (5-1) bounced back in the second game and played solid defense in defeating the Rancho Santa Margarita Nuggets, 20-8. Izzy Meekma topped Laguna with eight points and Elle Jarrard made a key basket down the stretch to seal the win.
Boys Division 3
In a rematch of the first game of the 2012-13 season, Laguna Beach 1 took on Laguna Beach 2 and it was Laguna Beach 1 that was able to pull out a 32-31 victory. Chase Hall scored the winning basket off an assist from
Laguna 2 used inside scoring and second-chance points by Nolan Naess and Keegan Evan to build an early lead. Laguna 1 was able to take a one-point lead into the fourth quarter behind timely baskets by Booker Firth and Ryan Anthony.