PURCHASE, N.Y. – Coming into the 2012-13 Keio girls varsity basketball season, Sae Toyomura was named one of the captains, which did not surprise coach Justin Loeb.
“At Keio, it’s rare for a junior to be a captain because they are big on seniority, but Sae deserved to be a captain,” Loeb said.
Toyomura went out and had an excellent season, showing opponents why she is the team’s best all-around player. She led Keio back to the Section 1 Class C final four for a third consecutive year and, as a result, has been selected as The Harrison Daily Voice February Student-Athlete of the Month.
Toyomura finished with six points, 12 rebounds and seven steals in Keio’s Class C quarterfinal win over Solomon Schechter. She followed that up with 13 points, 12 rebounds, seven steals and six assists in a semifinal loss to Alexander Hamilton.
She embraced her captain’s role, and it was like having another coach at practice, Loeb said.
“Sae was always helping out the girls who were new to the team this year,” Loeb said. “When there was open gym, Sae was there, working with the girls. Sae is a great leader, and the girls really look up to her.”
This season, Toyomura led the team in scoring and rebounding and raised her game to the next level, Loeb said.
“Sae really worked on her game,” he said. “She was more aggressive taking the ball to the basket, and this led to her getting to the foul line.
“Sae is a great defensive player. She plays aggressive defense and this leads to her getting a lot of steals.”
Opponents were keenly aware of her play this year, especially Alexander Hamilton. Toyomura welcomed the attention by always putting her teammates first.
“Sae is a total team player,” Loeb said. “She always looks to pass the ball first. She has a great sense of the game and I know I can put her at any of the five positions.”
The student athlete of the month is chosen by the sports reporters and editors of The Daily Voice.
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