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Japanese American basketball leagues help girls progress at prep level
Japanese American basketball leagues help girls progress at prep level

Standing just 5 feet 3, Lauren Saiki was sometimes the smallest player on the basketball court. But her signature thread-the-needle passes and heady ball-handling propelled the point guard and her teams from Alhambra Mark Keppel High to four consecutive playoff appearances, capped by last season's run to the Division II state championship game, a first for the school. Saiki, 18, has earned a basketball scholarship to West Virginia. For all this, she can credit the fundamentals she learned while playing for more than a decade in a Japanese American basketball league. "That helped build my foundation," Saiki said. ". . . I really fell in love with...

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