Youth Scene: Laguna girls move to 4-0

The Laguna Beach Girls Division 2 team stayed undefeated in the first few weeks of the 2013-14 National Junior Basketball season by taking a 28-8 victory Saturday from Capo Dana.

Defense was the key as the Laguna girls mixed in some man-to-man coverage and a zone defense to confuse Capo Dana. Offensively, a balanced Laguna scoring attack saw Jamie Mackay, Izzy Meekma and Piper Naess each score six points. Ella Dartez chipped in five points, Avi Brice had four points, Grace Gilles two points, and Amelie Sadler added one point.

The win put Laguna, which resumes play Jan. 4, at 4-0.

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In boys' NJB action:

Fifth-Grade All-Net

Laguna Beach 39, San Clemente 21

Laguna continued its undefeated (3-0) play by using a full-court, man-to-man defense, to stifle San Clemente Saturday.

Nolan Naess led Laguna in scoring with 16 points. Jack Payne scored eight points, Will Compton seven points, and Griffin Kristensen and Gavin Trevino had our points apiece. Point guards Booker Frith and Alex Neufeld were the floor generals with multiple assists and led the full-court defensive attack. Henry Miller added energy and rebounds off the bench.

The Breakers are entered in the Battle of the Best tournament Jan. 4-5. The tournament includes many of the top NJB fifth-grade All-Net division teams from Southern California.

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