L.A. North: Taft girls basketball team opens state championships against Clovis West

The Taft High girls basketball team has a tough test in the first round of the CIF Division I state championships.

Taft (16-9) is on the road against Clovis West (24-4), the No. 2 seed in the Southern California bracket and the 19th ranked team in the West Region by ESPN Rise.

Taft lost to Narbonne, 50-47, in the semifinals of the CIF City Section Division 1 playoffs on Feb. 25.

In another tough first-round game, Stockdale (27-4), a team from Bakersfield and the Central Section, opens on the road against Carson, the City Section Division 1 champions. Carson (22-8) beat Narbonne, 53-47 in the championship game of the City Section Division 1 playoffs.