PREP BASKETBALL: Doi’s 20 Points Help Chadwick Stay Perfect in League

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Chadwick’s Kevin Doi lit up the nets for 20 points on Jan. 16, leading his team to a 50-39 Prep League win over Webb.

Doi connected for six three-pointers, 10 assists and three steals in the win, Chadwick’s fourth straight. The team was perfect in league at 4-0, 14-3 overall.

At Mira Costa on Jan. 14, West Torrance’s Anthony Hanna scored nine points and Kregg Maruyama added two, but the home team prevailed, 68-54.

Dylan Kim scored nine for Mira Costa.

On the girls’ side of the ball, South Pasadena suffered a humbling defeat at La Cañada on Jan. 15, 52-27.

In the win, the Spartans got six points from senior Courtney Chen and Keilee Bessho added three.

Junior Lexie Scholtz led South Pas with 15, while Sophia Hathaway and Elise Takahama netted four points apiece.

Both the girls of South Pas were scheduled to take on Kristin Takasugi and Arcadia on Jan. 17, but several games in the San Gabriel Valley were subject to postponement, due to poor air quality resulting from the wildfire in the nearby mountains.

Sarah Chang scored 13 points and Paige Endo netted 10 in El Segundo’s 45-33 victory over Lawndale in their Pioneer League opener on Jan. 15.

Also in the Pioneer League, North Torrance got 13 from Daylene Taualii and 10 each from Lauren Takeda and Brittany McPherson in a 78-34 runaway over Centennial.

At Rio Hondo Prep on Jan. 14, Chadwick’s Madison Benson had 15 points and Kelly Ouye added 10 in a 40-34 victory. Ouye also had five steals and three assists.

At Mira Costa on Jan. 14, the host Mustangs hung tough against West Torrance, but the Warriors benefited from Kayla Sato’s 14 points, four rebounds and two steals and went on to a 57-43 victory.

Hayley Tanabe and Bailey Kurahashi each had 10 points for West, who improved to 19-2 overall. Krysten Tachiyama had five points, Amie Nelson four, and Taylor Tomita and Kylie Fujioka each had three in the win.

Sato told The Daily Breeze that her team had a message for the rest of the Bay League.

“We’re ready,” she said. “We are trying to make a name for ourselves. There’s a lot of talk about Redondo taking it, but we wanted to show everyone that we are ready to make a run for it.”

Mira Costa, whose top scorer, Keilani Ikehara, sat out with a hand injury, got six points from Haley Tojo and two from Halle Maeda.

In San Gabriel on Jan. 14, Mark Keppel had their way on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court, in a 62-38 victory.

Sophia Song finished with 24 points for Keppel, who improved to 16-1 and 1-0 in the Almont League. Kyrstin Nakamura scored 18 points, all coming via the three-point shot.

Junior guard Lauren Saiki missed the game with a knee injury.

“I felt like San Gabriel dove for all the loose balls, got all the rebounds and our girls seemed like they were just going through the motions,” Keppel head coach Joe Kikuchi told the The Pasadena Star-News. “I think they finally figured it out in the fourth quarter and started to play and it made a big difference. They started playing their way, the Keppel way, which is tenacious defense and getting on the floor.”

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