LAGUNA BEACH — Less than two weeks ago, Xavier Castellano became a father for the first time.
The players on his Estancia High girls' basketball team aren't quite as young as Castellano's baby daughter Lilah, but the Eagles are still very inexperienced.
On Tuesday night they began their defense of last year's Orange Coast League title. Only one player, sophomore Celia Duran, played much last year to help the Eagles win that title by going a perfect 10-0 in league.
Estancia graduated three Newport-Mesa Dream Team players, including Co-Player of the Year Kassie Stratton. Duran has gone from a pure shooter off the bench to a point guard for Estancia.
The Eagles still appear to be in good hands.
Duran scored 22 points and junior center Gianna Jason added a career-high 16 points as Estancia defeated Laguna Beach, 51-34, in both teams' league opener at Laguna Beach High.