Leaupepe sisters power Camarillo hoops squad

Dynn Leaupepe is throwing the ball.
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Camarillo High’s Dynn Leaupepe buries a basket. © Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

The Scorpions know how to rock and roll.

Mostly, it’s about the rock— rocks known as Dynn and Lynn.

Freshman sisters Dynn and Lynn Leaupepe provide a foundation for the Camarillo High girls’ basketball team with their steady play on the hardwood.

If a team wants to go through the Scorpions, it must get by the Leaupepe sisters, the toughest girls in the Pacific View League.

Let junior point guard Sarah Soliz explain.

“I took a charge from Dynn at practice,” Soliz said. “I kept playing, but my whole body was sore the next day.

“They’re aggressive. They have speed and the ability to make impossible shots. They’re wellrounded, good players. They’re really quiet, but they bring a lot of energy on the court. And they’re probably the most physical players in the league.”

The Scorpions, 18-8 overall and 7-3 in the Pacific View, are enjoying their best season in years. They open up the CIFSouthern Section Division 3AA playoffs next week.

Sam McCarthy, a junior wing, said the team compiled a list of teams they wanted to beat this season. Camarillo went 10- 17 last year, and 11-16 in head coach Michaeltore Smith’s first season at the helm in 2008-09.

“The list was pretty long,” said McCarthy, an honors student who brings a high dose of energy and defensive intensity.

Cross out the Spartans.

Camarillo beat Rio Mesa for the first time in seven years. The Scorpions toppled the Spartans 60-48 on Tuesday night on the road while Monica Ramos, Camarillo’s only senior, scored a season-high 14 points.

Ramos, a four-year varsity player, is an extension of Smith on the floor. The point guard leads the team in assists and is one of four Scorpions with 50 or more steals. She also shoots 61 percent from 3-point country.

“We have a lot of talent and the chemistry is really great,” said Ramos, an honors student with a 4.5 grade-point average. “We trust each other, especially on defense. We know someone will have your back.”

Youngsters have infused life into the program.

“This year’s been a dramatic turnaround,” Smith said. “It’s kind of like an overnight success. We’ve had young kids make immediate impacts.”

Dynn Leaupepe leads Camarillo with 11.6 points, 2.2 steals and 1.7 blocks per game. She’s happy to be a part of the team’s success.

“ Everyone contributes to wins,” the freshman said. “It’s not one person. It’s a team thing.”

Dynn Leaupepe started playing basketball in the fourth grade, tagging along with the boys during recess and lunch games.

She and her sister have an uncanny ability to find each other on pick-and-rolls.

Appropriately enough, they defend each other in practice. When it comes to one-on-one, well, that’s a different story.

“We do play one-on-one,” Lynn Leaupepe said. “We can’t finish a game. We can’t take it seriously. We’re too close.”

Lynn Leaupepe is second on the team in scoring, notching 7.7 points per game and leading the way with 6.9 rebounds. She shoots 53 percent from the field.

Micaela Pericone-Kapp, a Newbury Park transfer and starting sophomore guard, averages 7.5 points per game.

Junior guard Breanne Gascon worked on her shooting this offseason. It’s paid off. She pours in 6.6 points per game and is second on the team in free-throw and 3-point shooting percentages.

Gascon hopes the Scorpions can make some noise in the postseason.

“We want to go far,” said Gascon, an honors student who played softball and volleyball at ACHS. “We want to go farther than anyone else in our league.”

Rachel Schienbein, a junior shooting guard, said the team excels under Smith.

“He makes practices tough and he’s hard on us,” said Schienbein, a varsity golfer. “But he also helps us. He doesn’t just tell us what we do wrong. He explains how to do things right.”

Amy Carr, a junior post, shares the captain’s role with Ramos and Gascon. Mary Luna, Kristi Nishimori and Vivianna Sandoval round out the roster.

The Scorpions finished second to champion Pacifica in the PVL standings, dropping two games by a combined seven points.

Camarillo has won two league titles in school history, in 1999 and 2001. In the next three years, Dynn and Lynn Leaupepe hope to add to that total.

“We want to keep trying to win league,” Dynn Leaupepe said.

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