Palos Verdes 45, Esperanza 43--Heidi Burge, a 6-4 junior, scored a game-high 23 points, including a key basket in the final minute, to lead Palos Verdes in the second round of the 3-A playoffs at Esperanza.
Burge's late layup gave Palos Verdes a 44-40 lead, which was whittled to one point when Esperanza's Jamye English hit a three-point shot seconds later.
After Palos Verdes sophomore Susan Wilhite made a free throw with seven seconds left, English missed a three-point try at the buzzer.
Palos Verdes (21-8), the Bay League champion, will play Rowland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Esperanza, which had upset third-seeded Mission Viejo in the first round, ended up with a 15-13 record.