After nearly two seasons on the road, the Mira Costa home basketball program has returned to competition.
Mira Costa's girls' basketball team started the 2021 season at the school's new Fisher High School with a 64:49 win over Torrance on Saturday April 3rd.
Cara Susilo led Mira Costa with 18 points. Maile Nakaji added 16 points and Winslow Smith finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mira Costa boys ended their first week of the season with a 67:50 loss to St. Francis, but coach Neal Perlmutter said the team enjoyed playing at the new gym.
"It's nice," said Perlmutter on Saturday. "We've been on the move for two years and it's great to be able to work out consistently in a gym, let alone this gym. It's an amazing facility."
“w we have the opportunity to do extra work where it used to take two hours. w we can schedule our two hours and the guys can get extra shots and use extra skills and help us move forward better. Everyone is happy to be back. "
Mira Costa's new $ 39 million sports complex was supposed to be full of students. Due to the pandemic, the 78,000 square meter facility in Manhattan Beach will be vacant on Monday, February 1, 2021. This is the main gym. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press Telegram / SCNG)
Mira Costa and Torrance were the first schools in the region to resume their exercises in their respective gyms. More teams will follow this week.
The injured Mustangs lost all three games last week, but with the start of the Bay League game approaching fast, the early games later could help.
"We look forward to getting well," said Perlmutter. "We're playing some tough teams at the start of the season and that will give us the experience we need to hopefully be more competitive when we get into the league."
The Bay League season begins April 20th.
"We have a couple of weeks," he said. "We have a young team, but these younger guys will be a little more experienced when we move up to the league."
Leuzinger's basketball programs should move their practice to the school's gym on Tuesday.
Leuzinger coach Arturo Jones said he had planned a game against Mira Costa for Friday April 9, but had to cancel because Leuzinger had not yet been tested for COVID-19. He assumes it will be set up in time for the start of the season next week.
Testing is the challenge for every team. California Department of Health guidelines state that "Inter-team competitions are only permitted if teams can submit COVID-19 tests and results from all athletes and support staff within 48 hours of each competition."
Bishop Montgomery returned to the indoor exercise late last month and the Knights will begin the season in Windward on Wednesday evening April 7th.
Rolling Hills Prep has alternated between off-campus practices and outdoor practices. The huskies will face Redondo next week.
"It was really great and so much fun to be back inside," said RHP coach Harvey Kitani of the training session.
Serra will start the season next week with two tough games against Windward and St. John Bosco.
rth Torrance is scheduled to start against Mira Costa on Saturday. West Torrance kicks off the season on Wednesday April 7th.