Girls Basketball Pairings: Bonita, Bishop Amat and Diamond Ranch receive top seeds, but several in good shape to make deep playoff runs

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The CIF-Southern Section girls basketball playoff pairings were announced on Sunday and usual heavyweights Bonita, Diamond Ranch and Bishop Amat are in prime position to make deep playoff runs. St. Lucy’s, Covina and San Dimas could be surprises too after receiving favorable playoff draws.

Bonita is looking for a Division 3AAA title and is seeded second after winning the Hacienda League. The Bearcats will face a familiar foe in Sierra League at-large South Hills in Thursday’s first round.

Mission Valley League runner-up Arroyo is seeded 14th and will host Fullerton in the first round. Baseline at-large Glendora will host Garden Grove league champion Los Amigos in the first round while Hacienda at-large Rowland is at 12th-seed South Torrance and Baldwin Park at fifth-seed Gahr.

Covina, San Dimas and St. Lucy’s received bye’s to the second round in Division 3A.
Covina earned the second seed and will host the winner of Thursday’s first-round game between Ganesha and Rubidoux in Saturday’s first-round.

CIF-Southern Section Girls Basketball playoff Schedule

Division 1A
Saturday’s first-round games

La Sierra at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Saturday’s first-round games

Ayala at Royal, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Thousand Oaks, 7 p.m.
Redlands East Valley at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Saturday’s first-round games

Claremont at Saugus, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Thursday’s first-round games

Charter Oak at El Monte, 7 p.m.
San Dimas bye
Azusa at Estancia, 7 p.m.
St. Lucy’s bye
Bishop Amat at Santa Paula, 7 p.m.
Gladstone at Artesia, 7 p.m.
Covina bye.
Division 3AAA
Thursday’s first-round

Baldwin Park at Gahr, 7 p.m.
Rowland at South Torrance, 7 p.m.
Fullerton at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
Glendora at Los Amigos, 7 p.m.
South Hills at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Thursday’s first round

Jurupua Valley at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m.
West Valley at Rosemead, 7 p.m.
El Modena at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
La Mirada at Wilson, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Thursday’s first-round

Harvard-Westlake at Rowland, 7 p.m.
San Marino at Duarte, 7 p.m.

After finishing third in the Valle Vista, San Dimas was still awarded the eighth seed and a bye. The Saints will face the winner of Thursday’s first-round game between Charter Oak and El Monte on Saturday at San Dimas.

Sierra League champ St. Lucy’s is the fourth seed and will face the first-round winner between Firebaugh and Ocean View on Saturday.

Del Rey at-large Bishop Amat was the third seed but will be on the road in the first round at Frontier third-place entry Santa Paula. Montview at-large Azusa is at 12th seed Estancia.

Diamond Ranch is the third-seed in Division 3AA and will host Century at-large El Modena in Thursday’s first round.

Also in 3AA, Rosemead is home against West Valley and Sierra Vista home against Jurupa Valley.

Wilson, seeded 10th, is home against Suburban at-large La Mirada.

Diamond Bar, which finished third in the Hacienda League behind area heavyweights Bonita and Diamond Ranch, earned a fifth-seed in Division 1A and will be home in Saturday’s first round against La Sierra, the Inland Valley’s fourth-place team.

Chino Hills finished second in the Sierra and will host 15th-seed Redlands East Valley in Saturday’s Division 2AA first-round game. West Covina will be at sixth-seed Thousand Oaks and Sierra League third-place entry Ayala will be at 13th-seed Royal.

In a Division 2A first-round game Saturday, Sierra at-large Claremont is at Mountain Pass league champion Citrus Hill.

Montview league champion Duarte and second-place Workman were awarded the 15th and 16th seeds respectively in Division 4AA.

Duarte will host San Marino in Thursday’s first-round with the winner likely facing second-seed Oaks Christian.

Workman will host Harvard-Westlake with the winner likely facing top-seed Windward.
All games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

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  • What a big turn around the DB girl’s basketball team has made. Coach Tony McCabe has turned that program around. I’m excited to see how they do in the play-offs. I don’t know much about La Sierra, but I’m sure those DB girls can handle them.

  • SEM Fan

    I wish our school would a get a new coach already. Tired of seeing him waste my little sisters talent.

  • patrick

    Well DB Fan, i see it like this, if the ref let Alabi play like she can, it will def be exciting to see them in the playoffs..we they should have a good shot at getting past the first 2 games, after that, hopefully the refs will let the girls play!

  • Coinkydink

    How crazy is that that Bishop Amat travels to Santa Paula fro the both the boys AND the girls. Should change one and have a double-header

  • Eric

    I’ve seen Alabi play and I think that she could make a real impact. She definetly deserves first team all league in the votes hopefully, politics don’t get in the way.

  • Elmendorf

    The Teams in the Hacienda League should do well. Diamond Bar and Bonita have an excellent chance at winning CIF. Rowland and Diamond Bar will have a tough time against their opponents in the 1st round, but may prevail with a little help from the refs. Congradulations to Diamond Bar, a great season. Coach McCabe has turned the program around. They should be a contender for league in the coming years, they also have a nice 6’2 center coming next year, so they will probabaly be a strong set of player and will conquer their cross town rivals Walnut for years to com.