LINKS: Girls Basketball pairings
By Fred Robledo
There are several local teams with shots at chasing girls basketball divisional titles following the release of the CIF Southern Section girls basketball pairings on Sunday.
It might come as a huge surprise that Glendora and Bishop Amat, despite not winning league titles, were awarded the top two seeds respectively in Division 3AA.
Glendora (22-5), which tied for second in the Palomares League, will be on the road at Mission Valley League champion Gabrielino (16-8) in the second round on Saturday after both teams were given bye’s to the second round. Because Glendora is a second place team, it is on the road despite earning the top seed.
Second-seed Bishop Amat (18-7) finished second in the Camino Real and also was given a bye to the second round where it will await the winner between Tahquitz (15-7) and Serrano (10-6).
In other Division 3AA first round games, Diamond Ranch (13-12) is at Palos Verdes (18-9) while El Monte (10-15) is at Gahr (14-11).
Rowland, the area’s top-ranked team, was seeded third in Division 2AA after an impressive season that saw it finish 24-1.
Rowland will host the Temescal Canyon (21-5), Lakewood St. Joseph’s (17-7) winner in the second round on Saturday.
Los Altos (23-3), co-champions with Walnut in the Hacienda league, earned the fourth seed and also has a bye to the second round.
Los Altos will face the St. Monica Catholic (20-6)-Arcadia (14-12) winner in the second round.
In Division 2AA first round games on Thursday, Palomares league champion Bonita (18-8) will host Channel League at-large Dos Pueblos (19-6) while Walnut (23-3) hosts Almont third-place San Gabriel (18-7).
The best local matchup in Thursday’s first-round is in Division 2A with Covina (23-5), second to Rowland in the Valle Vista, hosting West Covina (17-10), a third-place team from the competitive Hacienda.
One year after the Duarte girls basketball team advanced to the Division 4AA championship game, the Falcons’ regular season success has continued, but now they will have to compete in Division 1A, where even a first round game is tough.
Duarte (25-4) will host Murrieta Valley (18-8) in the first round on Thursday.
Diamond Bar (20-7), which earned an at-large berth to Division 1A, will be on the road at Citrus Belt league champion Yucaipa (20-4), with the winner taking on top-seed Martin Luther King in the second round.
Sierra Vista (10-13) was the lone area participant in Division 3A and will be home in the first round on Thursday against Rancho Verde (14-12).
In Division 4AA first round games Thursday, San Dimas (10-17) is at Nipomo (15-11) while Arroyo (14-14) hosts Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (14-14).
Bassett (10-15), which finished second in the Miramonte, will be on the road in a Division 4A first-round game at Pioneer (17-11).
In Division 5AA, Workman (11-10) will host Heritage Christian (19-8) in a Wednesday’s wild card while Rosemead (16-10) hosts a first-round game Saturday against La Reina (10-11).
In 5A, La Puente (9-14) is at Riverside Prep in a wild card on Wednesday.
GIRLS BASKETBALL LOCAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
All games start at 7 p.m.
Division 1A – Thursday’s first round
Murrieta Valley at Duarte
Diamond Bar at Yucaipa
Division 2AA – Thursday’s first round
Rowland bye (Temescal Canyon-Lakewood St. Joe’s winner Saturday)
Los Altos bye (St. Monica Catholic-Arcadia winner Saturday)
Dos Pueblos at Bonita
San Gabriel at Walnut
Division 2A – Thursday’s first round
West Covina at Covina
Division 3AA – Thursday’s first round
Glendora bye (at Gabrielino Saturday)
Bishop Amat bye (vs. Tahquitz-Serrano winner Saturday)
Diamond Ranch at Palos Verdes
El Monte at Gahr
Division 3A – Thursday’s first round
Rancho Verde at Sierra Vista
Division 4AA – Thursday’s first round
San Dimas at Nipomo
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at Arroyo
Division 4A – Thursday’s first round
Bassett at Pioneer
Division 5AA – Wednesday’s wild card
Heritage Christian at Workman
La Reina at Rosemead (first round Saturday)
Division 5A – Wednesday’s wild card
La Puente at Riverside Prep