West Torrance suffers overtime loss to JW North in CIF girls basketball playoffs – The Daily Breeze

TORRANCE The youthful West Torrance girls basketball team went through a lot of emotions during Thursday’s opening round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

The Warriors led by 14 at the end of the first quarter and at halftime, saw that lead disappear in the third, fought their way to a seven-point lead in the fourth, yet they were still forced into overtime where they eventually fell to JW North, 64-61.

“I told them they fought hard and realistically, the ball didn’t bounce our way tonight,” West coach Riki Murakami said. “We missed a couple of key shots, turned the ball over, but I felt like overall, they deserved to feel bad because they worked so hard.

“I told them before the game, no matter the outcome, if you don’t work hard, if you don’t give effort or energy, no matter the outcome, you can’t feel bad.”

The Warriors appeared to have regain control of the game late in the fourth as Anaya James made four consecutive free throws to build a 54-47 lead.

With less than 30 seconds remaining, JW North’s Rhe Nae Leach scored inside, to make it 56-53. After a missed front end of a one-and-one free throw situation, there was a held ball that gave possession to JW North.

That set the stage for Tyzajanae Fuller-Calhoun’s game-tying 3-pointer as time expired, forcing the game into overtime.

“That’s one of our staple plays,” JW North coach Leonard DeCoud said.

Fuller-Calhoun led JW North with 24 points. Stacy Ajobiewe and Leach had 17 and 15, respectively.

The Warriors got out to a quick start in the overtime period on a 3-pointer by James and two free throws by Jaden Sanderson for a five-point lead, 61-56.

The Huskies scored the final eight points to seal the game and advance.

Alisa Saito led West with 20 points. She hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Warriors jumped out to the big lead. James had 18.

“We’re a very young team,” Murakami said. “We have two seniors and seven freshmen and sophomore on varsity and all of them play, they definitely had a big learning curve this year, but I thought they did a really good job of adjusting to varsity basketball and overall, we told them they’re going to have to feel how bad these losses feel to overcome them and to know how much they want to win and how bad they want to win.”

LEUZINGER 54, LA CANADA 52 >> D’Arrah Allen scored 17 points and Isabel Arango and Valisa Millhouse had 13 and 11, respectively to lead the Olympians to the road win the Division 2AA playoffs.

Leuzinger will host Pasadena in the second round, Saturday.

PENINSULA 73, ST. JOSEPH’S 30 >> Kristin Hanaoka scored 22 points and had nine steals and Samantha Inana had 12 points and five rebounds in the Division 3AA win for the Panthers.

Moira Sheen scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Kellie Au had eight points and eight rebounds for Peninsula.

MARY STAR 37, EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN 28 >> Isabella Serrano scored 15 points to lead the Stars in the Division 5AA win.

SERRA 66, SONORA 57 >> Alexis Tucker scored 20 points and Danielle Bagley and Jailah Donald had 12 and 10, respectively in the Division 1 win for the Cavaliers.

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EL SEGUNDO 9, DOWNEY 5 >> Christina Mullane scored four goals to lead the Eagles to the win in the CIF-SS Division 4 second round.

Christina Grenke and Jenna Olson had two goals apiece. Maya Weiss had one.

El Segundo will host either Sunny Hills or Oxnard in the quarterfinals, Saturday.

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