Six locals earn berths

Girls’ Basketball

Edison and Huntington Beach highlight local playoff participants, with both looking to make deep postseason runs.

February 15, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

The CIF Southern Section girls' basketball playoff party, which starts this week, includes six local schools on the invite-only list.

Ocean View and Brethren Christian get a jump on the other four locals by starting postseason play Thursday. Edison, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Marina make their postseason debuts Saturday.


Division 3A

Firebaugh (13-7) vs. Ocean View (11-15), 7 p.m. Thursday at Ocean View High: Ocean View carries the No. 13-seed into this first-round game against the Falcons of Lynwood.


The Seahawks enter the playoffs as the No. 3 team from the Golden West League. They finished league play behind league co-champions Westminster and Segerstrom and ended the regular season Feb. 9 with a 49-35 loss to Segerstrom.

Firebaugh is an at-large entry from the Harbor League. The Falcons dropped their final two games of the regular season last week.

"As a No. 13-seed coming into the playoffs, I could not have asked for anything more," Ocean View Coach Kim Morris said. "We are a third-place team playing an at-large team at home and if we get past the first round, we run into the fourth-seed (St. Lucy's)."

Second-round games in the division playoffs are at 7 p.m. Saturday. Quarterfinal round games are at 7 p.m. Wednesday.


Division 5AA

Hamilton (13-8) vs. Brethren Christian (18-9), 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Christian School: Brethren Christian parlayed a victory Friday into a into a third-place finish in the Academy League to earn an automatic playoff berth. The Warriors knocked off host Sage Hill, 40-28, in a league playoff game that determined the third-place finisher.

Junior forward Brooke Hernandez led BC with 14 points and the Warriors' balanced attack saw senior guard Diannia Demazeliere post eight points and senior post Kate Jensen and junior guard Sara Hodges each added six points.

The Warriors, the No. 14-seed in the division, take on a Hamilton of Anza squad that finished fourth in the Arrowhead League. The Bobcats are led by senior captain and forward player Katherine Barajas, who is averaging 12 points a game.

The Bobcats lost three of their final four regular-season games.

"Hamilton presents a good challenge for us in the opening round," BC Coach Jeff Wallace said. "We will need to continue with our complete game effort from last week's playoff game in order to do well against them on Thursday."

The winner of Thursday's game advances to Saturday's second round. The division quarterfinals are Wednesday.


Division 1AA

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