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.
Lady Saxons begin playoffs with impressive Div. I win
By Joe Snyder