The Taft of Woodland Hills girls’ basketball team advanced to its first City Section championship game in school history with a dominating 56-30 victory over visiting Grant of Van Nuys Friday night. Behind a stellar second-half shooting performance from senior guard Autumn Davis and a swarming defense, the Toreadors were too much to handle for the previously undefeated Lancers. Davis went scoreless in the first half and missed her first five field-goal attempts to start the second half, but then went on a tear hitting five 3-pointers and finishing with 22 points. Taft will face sixth-seeded Washington Prep in the championship game March 3 at the Sports Arena, trying to not only win the title but set a school record with its 23rd straight victory. “It’s an overwhelming feeling to make it this far,” Davis said. “Our hard work and dedication is paying off.” Williams finished with 13 points for Taft and freshman Amari Hampton chipped in with eight. Amirkhanyan and Sanders each finished with nine points for Grant, well below their season averages. Grant only made eight field goals the entire game, including a paltry three in the second half. “Mentally we were not in the game most of the night,” Flot said. “We saw the speed Taft has with Crenshaw and King Drew. Taft is much more controlled though and executes what they want to do when they want to do it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “That was the worst shooting performance of the season by us,” Grant head coach Michael Flot said. “We were something like 0 for 10 and they hit a bunch of 3s. The basket had a lid on it for us. It was as big as the sky for them. “We had some good looks. We just couldn’t put the ball in the hoop.” Taft jumped out to 20-9 lead thanks in large part to senior Nayshon Williams. Williams scored eight points in the first quarter. Despite double-digit turnovers in the first half and 2-for-17 shooting in the first 13:35 of the game, Grant was only down five at halftime after senior Arpine Amirkhanyan made a layup and sophomore Blue Sanders hit two second quarter 3-pointers. Davis got Taft going with two 3-pointers in the third quarter and then erupted for 16 points in the fourth quarter. “Our girls have been great in the second half of many games this year,” Taft head coach Mark Drucker said. “Tonight was no different. Autumn was cold and then couldn’t miss.” “My coach said just keep shooting,” said Davis. “I finally got into a rhythm and flow. My teammates kept looking for me. Luckily I got really hot and we went on a huge run. Our defensive pressure really picked up and that fueled our offense.” Taft led 24-19 at halftime before Grant got a three-point play from Amanda Corona to trim the deficit to two with 7:42 remaining in the third quarter. Grant would only score two more field goals the rest of the game and was outscored 24-0 the first 5:33 of the fourth quarter.