Senior point guard keeps Camarillo firing on all cylinders

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Camarillo High senior Breanne Gascon is a four-year member of the varsity girls’ basketball team. Entering the week, Gascon led ACHS with 145 assists and was third in scoring. © Iris Smoot/Acorn Newspapers

Breanne Gascon’s journey is years in the making.

The senior point guard has played on the Camarillo High girls’ basketball varsity team for four seasons, maturing along the same trajectory as fourth-year head coach Michaeltore Smith.

Ranked No. 2 in the CIFSouthern Section Division 2A coaches’ poll, the Scorpions have an opportunity to do something special in the postseason this year.

“We’re doing well,” Gascon said. “We actually have a chance to go far in CIF. We’ve been working out harder and putting more time into it this year.”

Camarillo was 17- 6 overall and 5-1 in the Pacific View League entering Thursday’s home game against Channel Islands.

ACHS and rival Rio Mesa will likely battle for a league title during the regular-season finale Feb. 7 at Camarillo.

Rio Mesa defeated Camarillo 53-49 on Jan. 19 in the teams’ first PVL meeting of the year.

Gascon has been a big reason for the Scorpions’ surge.

According to MaxPreps.com, Gascon was 11th in the state and fifth in the Southern Section in assists per game, dishing out 6.6 dimes an outing at press time.

She already broke the singleseason school record for assists, according to Smith.

Gascon is the D.J. Augustin of point guards.

Augustin, a Charlotte Bobcats starter, also averaged 6.6 assists in his first 17 games.

“Her big strength is her experience,” Smith said. “She’s been there, done that. That experience is invaluable. She’s a leader on the court.”

Gascon, 17, described her role within the Camarillo offense as succinctly as a John Stockton bounce pass to Karl Malone.

“I try to get everyone involved,” the senior captain said.

“We have a lot of big girls, and it’s easy to get them the ball. If they’re not open, I pass to the shooters.”

Gascon can score, too.

She dropped 14 points on the Spartans, and has reached double figures seven times.

Teammates enjoy playing with the facilitator.

“ Breanne’s a really good player,” said Amy Carr, a senior post and captain.

“She’s really stepped up at point guard. She sees the court. She knows where everyone’s supposed to be.”

Carr and Gascon have played on the same team for six years, including two years on a club squad in middle school.

Rachel Schienbein, another senior captain and shooting guard, joined Gascon and Carr on varsity in the middle of her freshman campaign.

“She definitely makes it fun for me and everyone,” Schienbein said of Gascon. “Without her it wouldn’t be as fun. She’s a very lively person.”

Smith speaks highly of his senior core that has grown up with him as head coach.

“This group is special for me,” Smith said. “They’re responsible for the transformation of basketball at this school.”

The coach has brought stability to the program.

When Smith took the reins in 2008-09, he was the fourth head coach in four years.

Camarillo earned four wins the year before he took over, and won one game in 2006-07.

A 20-win season is within reach this winter.

Gascon said she wants the Scorpions to not only get past the first round of the playoffs but make a run to the section final.

To get there, the point guard said Camarillo must improve defensively.

An honors student with a 3.8 grade- point average, Gascon started playing basketball in the third grade. She played two years of softball and one season of volleyball at ACHS.

The daughter of Kim and Roger, Gascon’s involved in student government. She works at Lure Fish House.

Her older brothers Jordan (soccer and volleyball) and Kory ( football and soccer) played sports at Camarillo before graduating.

For Gascon, basketball is cathartic.

“It’s fun. It gets my mind off things,” she said. “And it’s something I have to work at.

“On this team, everyone’s fun and everyone works hard.”

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