LBHS Girls Basketball is 15-1 after going winless all of last season

LBHS Girls Basketball continues its remarkable turnaround season, ending the week with a 15-1 record.

“It’s been a lot of fun watching the girls’ hard work pay off,” said Coach Matthew Tietz. “I expected us to be better and competitive and the girls were skeptical but hopeful, but I don’t think anyone saw this kind of success coming. I’m very proud of these girls.”

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2018-19 LBHS Girls Varsity Basketball team (missing Hana Ford and Claire Smithers)

 “This is the mid-way point of the regular season and the schedule gets significantly harder from here…next week we start our Sunset League schedule and we know that even a single victory from that point on will be hard to come by. The girls are ready to battle and we’ll see what happens,” said Coach Tietz.

The success of the season thus far has come from great team defense that is allowing just 18 points per game and an unselfish, balanced offense that has everyone contributing, according to Coach Tietz. 

The team is being led by senior Point Guard Mia Pitz. She is averaging 12 points, 3.7 assists and 3.8 steals per game and her season totals in those categories put her near or at the top of the CIF Division 5A rankings. Junior Madi Garwal’s 170 rebounds is putting her on a pace to destroy the school record of 293 she set last season and is currently 3rd in the entire state in that category. Another great two-way and all around player, Madi is averaging 7.2 points, 13.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. The third returning starter, junior Julia Henry continues to be a force on defense leading Division 5A and 10th in the state with 32 blocked shots. The other two starting spots have been filled nicely by freshmen Anna Cheng and Autumn Moreland. Anna leads the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game and her 35 3-pointers ranks #1 in Division 5A and #4 in the entire state. That number also surpasses school legend Alexandra Lewis’ total for a freshman at LBHS. Her 55 steals also ranks #1 in Division 5A. Autumn has provided the team with much-needed physicality inside. Despite giving up several inches in height to her opponents, Autumn’s tenacity has resulted in 9.9 rebounds per game. She also contributes at the offensive end with 3.2 points per game. 

The bench has also has made significant contributions to the team’s success. Sydney Mangus, Clarice Curras, Laila Hassan, Rebecca Sanchez, Zoe Payne-Carter, and Claire Smithers as a group have averaged 5.9 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2 assists per game. The team also has Hana Ford waiting in the wings as she complies with CIF’s mandatory sit out period for transfers. 

“Hana will be a force inside and figures to be a large part of the team’s end of season push for a spot in the CIF playoffs,” said Coach Tietz.

The Breakers’ next game is against Corona del Mar on Tuesday on the road. Tip-off is at 5 p.m.