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Girls basketball playoffs: Div. 3AA pairings, Connolly's breakdown

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OCVarsity has the pairings and breakdown for all of the CIF-SS girls basketball divisions.

DIVISION 3AA

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


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