Lady Saxons begin playoffs with impressive Div. I win

By Joe Snyder

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Photo by Joe Snyder IN THE BASKET—North Torrance High’s Leyna Miyaka goes up for a basket in front of two Harvard-Westlake defenders in last Saturday’s CIFSouthern Section Division I first round girls’ basketball playoff action. The Saxons rolled over the Wolverines 65-48.

North Torrance High’s girls’ basketball team began the CIFSouthern Section Division I playoffs in impressive fashion with a decisive 65-48 win over Harvard-Westlake from Studio City last Saturday at North. In what was expected to be a very good first round matchup between the Pioneer League champion Lady Saxons and the Wolverines, who have enjoyed success over the past several seasons, North started out with a 16-14 lead after the first quarter. The Saxons, then, used a big second quarter to break the game open by outscoring Harvard- Westlake 28-9 to take a 44-23 halftime lead. The third period saw the Saxons lead by as many as 27 points (55-28). North went on to coast to an easy win. The Saxons had balanced scoring led by Sage Misuni with 17 points. Leyna Miyake added 15 points and Dara Tokeshi chipped in 13. The Wolverines finished third in the Mission League. North moved to the second round where it visited St. Paul High in Santa Fe Springs on Wednesday. If the Saxons win, they move to the quarterfinals on Saturday at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Serra’s girls failed to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2006- 07 season after finishing 11-13 overall and 3-5 in the highly competitive Del Rey League.

Photo by Joe Snyder
MOVERS AND SHAKERS—North Torrance High’s Dara Tokeshi dashes around Harvard-Westlake defender
Jordan Call in Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division I first round girls’ basketball playoff action. The Saxons
eliminated the Wolverines 65-48 and visited St. Paul High in Santa Fe Springs in the second round on Wednesday
Lady Saxons begin playoffs with impressive Div. I win