Girls basketball playoffs: Div. 4A pairings, Connolly's breakdown
OCVarsity has the pairings and breakdown for all of the CIF-SS girls basketball divisions.
Top four seeds: 1. St. Anthony; 2. Cantwell-Sacred Heart; 3. Viewpoint; 4. Brentwood.
Last year's final: Fairmont Prep def. St. Paul, 73-49
Playoff dates: First round (Feb. 18), second round (Feb. 20), quarterfinals (Feb. 24), semifinals (Feb. 27), final (March 4 or 5).
CONNOLLY'S COMMENTS: You need to start at the top with St. Anthony. The Saints spent the entirety of the year on the Open Division watch list, and were one of the 19 finalists for the Southern Section's elite bracket. Their 15-11 record won't wow anyone, but considering one of those wins came against Long Beach Poly - the No. 1 seed in the Open Division - you have to consider the Saints the overwhelming favorites. . . . Cantwell Sacred Heart is another quality opponent that would love a rematch with St. Anthony in the finals. . . . Sage Hill, Whittier Christian and St. Margaret's face an uphill battle in this bracket.
FIRST ROUND GAMES
Whitney at St. Anthony
Big Bear at University Prep
St. Mary's Academy at Mayfield
Paraclete at Environmental Charter
Notre Dame Academy at CAMS
Valley Christian/Cerritos at Westridge
La Salle at Sage Hill
Brentwood at Bishop Conaty-Loretto
Malibu at Viewpoint
Rim of the World at Notre Dame/Riverside
Nuview Bridge at Whittier Christian
St. Margaret's at Twentynine Palms
Louisville at California Military
Crossroads at Carpinteria
Archer at St. Genevieve
Templeton at Cantwell-Sacred Heart