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Girls basketball playoffs: Div. 3AA pairings, Connolly's breakdown
OCVarsity has the pairings and breakdown for all of the CIF-SS girls basketball divisions.
Top four seeds: 1. Orange Lutheran; 2 Patriot; 3. Sonora; 4. Lakeside.
Last year's final: North Torrance def. El Dorado, 50-49
Playoff dates: First round (Feb. 18), second round (Feb. 20), quarterfinals (Feb. 24), semifinals (Feb. 27), final (March 4 or 5).
CONNOLLY'S COMMENTS: This is the Orange County division based on the simple fact that it houses more local teams than any of the other Southern Section brackets. . . . After being passed over for the Open Division, Orange Lutheran comes in as the No. 1 seed and division favorite. The Lancers aren't the flashiest bunch. They play suffocating defense and grind it out on the offensive end, eerily similar to No. 3 Sonora. . . . OLu and Sonora mirror one another in several facets, but playing championship level 'D' is both its calling cards. The question then becomes: Where will both schools get their points from?
FIRST ROUND GAMES
Santa Ana Valley at Orange Lutheran
Shadow Hills at Palm Springs
South Torrance at Hillcrest
Rancho Alamitos at Los Altos
Sultana at Victor Valley
Cathedral City at Yorba Linda
Monrovia at El Monte
Orange at Lakeside
Gahr at Sonora
Diamond Ranch at Indio
Irvine at Colony
Golden Valley at South Hills
Pacifica at Esperanza
Bonita at Savanna
Moorpark at Gabrielino
Pasadena at Patriot