Girls Basketball Preview
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Girls’ Basketball Preview: Lakewood Lancers

Photo by John Napalan/Art O’Neill

Last season was a mixed bag for the Lakewood girls’ basketball team and coach Eric Oswell.

On the one hand, the team finished third in the Moore League with a 15-10 overall record, falling to Poly and Millikan in decisive fashion. On the other hand, third place was a step up for the Lancers, and they proved they had some of the best talent in the area thanks to the breakout junior campaign of Asia Jordan, who won Moore League Player of the Year honors with some eye-popping stat lines. 

Jordan, who averaged 18.5 points and 15.7 rebounds per game, is back for her senior campaign, along with eight other players.

“We have nine seniors on the team this year that all want to play and end their careers holding nothing back,” said Oswell. 

Jordan is the headliner, but far from the only talent on the Lancers’ roster. Samantha Tolentino is back after battling back from an injury last season, and Ara Burkhalter is a returning second team All-Moore League player as well.

“We understand that nothing in life worth having comes easy and we’ll only achieve what we are willing to work for,” said Oswell.


Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.