No. 1 teams according to ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports heading into Saturday’s regional championships at four sites include Mater Dei (D1), St. Mary’s of Stockton (D2), Bishop O’Dowd (D3), La Jolla Country Day (D4) and Mission Prep (D5).
Highlights from Tuesday’s games included:
•Serra of Gardena posting a surprisingly easy win over Windward, which was No. 1 in the state just two weeks ago
•Long Beach Poly getting a revenge victory over Brea Olinda and setting up clash with Mater Dei
•Two-time defending Division V state champ Pinewood being eliminated by Brookside Christian
With help from Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens, here is the seventh listing of girls teams this season with analysis and bubble teams for each division (records listed after regional semifinal playoff games played on Tuesday, March 13; previous ranking in parentheses):
CIF Division I
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 32-3
2. (3) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 31-3
3. (2) Brea Olinda (Brea) 26-7
4. (6) Berkeley 28-2
5. (5) Summit (Fontana) 28-4
6. (4) Santiago (Corona) 31-2
7. (7) Huntington Beach 25-6
8. (9) Etiwanda 23-4
9. (14) Kennedy (Sacramento) 26-8
10. (8) Edison (Huntington Beach) 23-4
11. (10) El Toro (Lake Forest) 27-4
12. (12) Hanford 25-5
13. (11) Troy (Fullerton) 19-8
14. (13) Narbonne (Harbor City) 28-7
15. (NR) San Diego 27-6
Drops: Previous No. 15 Deer Valley (Antioch).
Bubble: Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley) 20-8, Deer Valley (Antioch) 22-9, Granite Hills (El Cajon) 30-5*, Gunn (Palo Alto) 21-7, Heritage (Brentwood) 25-6, Lowell (San Francisco) 25-6, Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 25-9, Palo Alto 19-6, Rialto 25-2, Stockdale (Bakersfield) 26-5.
Saturday’s Regional Finals: Mater Dei vs. Long Beach Poly; Berkeley vs. Kennedy of Sacramento.
Comments: Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly were supposed to meet in the CIF Southern Section Div. IAA final, but Brea Olinda screwed that one up by upsetting the Jackrabbits in the semifinals. Poly got some payback with its 64-50 win over the Ladycats on Tuesday….
As Jordan Adams seems to get more healthy, the Monarchs seem more unbeatable. In their win over Summit on Tuesday, Adams had 23 points and nine assists. Teammate Nirra Fields had 25 points and eight rebounds….
Berkeley is a heavy favorite to beat Kennedy of Sacramento in the NorCal final. Kennedy needed a couple of free throws from sophomore Jessica Lauderdale with 10 seconds left to snap a 40-40 tie when it edged Gunn of Palo Alto 44-40 on Tuesday….
CIF Division II
1. (1) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 30-3
2. (4) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 26-5
3. (3) Carondelet (Concord) 27-4
4. (9) Foothill (Tustin) 28-5
5. (2) Lynwood 26-5
6. (5) J.W. North (Riverside) 29-5
7. (6) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 26-6
8. (10) Ventura 26-5
9. (NR) Palisades (Pacific Palisades) 30-6
10. (7) Mark Keppel (Alhambra) 28-5
Drops: Previous No. 8 Casa Grande (Petaluma).
Bubble: Canyon (Anaheim) 21-8, Casa Grande (Petaluma) 31-3, Dougherty Valley (San Ramon) 21-10, La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 24-5, McNair (Stockton) 28-5, Monache (Porterville) 23-3, Pleasant Valley (Chico) 26-4, Serra (San Diego) 26-8, St. Francis (Mountain View) 18-10.
Saturday’s Regional Finals: Foothill (Tustin) vs. J.W. North (Riverside); St. Mary’s (Stockton) vs. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose).
Comments: Judging by the scores of the season and with Lynwood going down in a 52-50 overtime loss to Foothill of Tustin, St. Mary’s now looks like even more of a favorite to be a repeat CIF state champion in this division….
Foothill’s win was led by senior Molly Gruebel (a UC Davis recruit). She scored 28 points, including a tying basket at the end of regulation and a pair of free throws late in overtime….
St. Mary’s routed a St. Ignatius team 68-45 on Tuesday that was much closer in matchups against Mitty. Sophomore Charise Holloway led the Rams with 19 points…
CIF Division III
1. (1) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 28-3
2. (2) Mission Bay (San Diego) 26-6
3. (6) Miramonte (Orinda) 31-1
4. (4) Laguna Hills 25-8
5. (5) Alemany (Mission Hills) 31-4
6. (3) Sacramento 26-7
7. (7) Arroyo Grande 27-6
8. (9) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 22-12
9. (NR) Modesto Christian 27-7
10. (NR) Yorba Linda 24-6
Drops: Previous No. 8 Independence (Bakersfield); No. 10 Rio Mesa (Oxnard).
Bubble: Bonita (La Verne) 27-5, Independence (Bakersfield) 27-6; Mt. Miguel (Spring Valley) 26-7, Ridgeview (Bakersfield) 24-8, Rio Mesa (Oxnard) 25-7, Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 15-14, San Marin (Novato) 25-7, Santa Cruz 24-4, Terra Nova (Pacifica) 23-7, West (Torrance) 26-7.
Saturday’s Regional Finals: Mission Bay vs. Laguna Hills; Bishop O’Dowd vs. Miramonte.
Comments: It will be a rematch in the NorCal final of the CIF North Coast Section championship when O’Dowd beat Miramonte rather handily 73-49 to give the Matadors their first loss of the season. Miramonte’s win over Sacramento on Tuesday – on the road – was probably the team’s best win of the year. One team that the Dragons have beaten twice this year is NorCal D1 finalist Kennedy…..
The South final is not a rematch, but it took Laguna Hills winning a rematch to get there opposite Mission Bay. The Hawks topped Alemany on Tuesday 58-49, which actually was more lopsided than the two overtimes it took to win in the CIFSS Division 3AA title game. Maddy Ziering-Smith topped Laguna Hills with 23 points….
CIF Division IV
1. (1) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 30-1
2. (3) Serra (Gardena) 30-3
3. (2) Windward (Los Angeles) 29-5
4. (4) Salesian (Richmond) 30-4
5. (5) St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 27-7*
6. (8) St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 26-10
7. (6) Bellarmine-Jefferson (Burbank) 24-9
8. (7) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 22-5
9. (9) Chaminade (West Hills) 24-5
10. (NR) JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 22-7
Drops: Previous No. 10 Soquel.
Bubble: Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 17-11, Bishop’s (La Jolla) 20-10, Calaveras (San Andreas) 29-4, Campbell Hall (North Hollywood) 22-7, Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 23-9, Mater Dei (Chula Vista) 21-5, McKinleyville 24-8, St. Patrick/St. Vincent (Vallejo) 22-7, Soquel 25-5.
Saturday’s Regional Finals: La Jolla Country Day vs. Serra (Gardena); Salesian (Richmond) vs. St. Mary’s (Berkeley)
Comments: Just seeing the score of Serra’s 80-58 win against Windward was hard to comprehend. It was just a few weeks ago when Windward, which has wins over both Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly, was No. 1 in the state. In the loss, though, both 6-foot-7 senior Imani Stafford and 6-foot sophomore Kristen Simon didn’t play. With Serra’s Rejane Verin having her way (24 points), that’s why the score was so different than the triple-overtime thriller that took place between the two teams two weeks ago…..
La Jolla Country Day comes into the game at No. 2 in the state overall and probably needed to get a win over Windward to have the chance to perhaps hop Mater Dei for No. 1 in the final rankings. It also will help Mater Dei in a possible comparison with La Jolla Country Day if it beats Long Beach Poly on Saturday since the Torreys’ only loss is to the Jackrabbits. Yes, they also got a win over the Jackrabbits but Mater Dei possibly would be 1-0 against the same team. The Torreys need Poly to win that game and then win the state title because their best case scenario would be to say at the end of the season that they beat both the Division I and Division II (St. Mary’s of Stockton) state champs…
CIF Division V
1. (1) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 31-1
2. (2) Brookside Christian (Stockton) 28-4
3. (3) Eastside Prep (Palo Alto) 17-13
4. (6) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 20-13
5. (4) St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) 22-11
6. (8) Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro) 21-4
7. (7) Turlock Christian 27-5
8. (5) Hamilton (Hamilton City) 30-1
9. (9) International (San Francisco) 22-11
10. (10) Villanova Prep (Ojai) 25-8
Bubble: Central Valley Christian (Visalia) 19-10, Pacific Collegiate (Santa Cruz) 22-5, Portola 25-6, Providence (Burbank) 27-6, Ripon Christian 23-6, San Domenico (San Anselmo) 24-8, Sonoma Academy (Santa Rosa) 26-3, St. Francis CCC (Watsonville) 18-10, St. Vincent (Petaluma) 24-6; University (San Francisco) 26-6.
Saturday’s Regional Finals: Mission Prep vs. Rolling Hills Prep; Brookside Christian vs. Eastside Prep.
Comments: Neither Mission Prep or Brookside has had a whiff of being in a close game so far in the playoffs. Mission’s regional semifinal win was 64-28 over Providence of Burbank while Brookside’s was 60-37 against Pinewood….
The Pinewood result is obviously the more significant of the two since the Panthers were two-time defending state champions. Brookside also already owns a 67-31 win from early in the season over Eastside Prep. It’s a young team in Stockton, though, so you never know how it might react in a regional final with a trip to the state finals on the line…..
Comments or corrections? Email Mark.Tennis@espn.com.