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Girls basketball playoffs: Div. 5AA pairings, Connolly's breakdown

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

DIVISION 5AA

Top four seeds: 1. Aquinas; 2. Oxford Academy; 3. Loma Linda Academy; 4. Flintridge Prep.

Last year's final: Orangewood Academy def. Ribet Academy, 51-46

Playoff dates: First round (Feb. 18), second round (Feb. 20), quarterfinals (Feb. 24), semifinals (Feb. 27), final (March 4 or 5).

CONNOLLY'S COMMENTS: One of the better stories of the season has been the rise of Oxford Academy, who - along with Brea Olinda - take a county-best 17-game win streak into the postseason. Freshman center Austyn Masuno is a walking double-double, averaging around 19 points and 12 rebounds a game. Oxford has played teams out of the Sea View, Pacific Coast and North Hills Leagues, so it will be more than prepared for any opponent it encounters in 5AA. . . . We've seen programs like Fairmont Prep and Orangewood Academy make the leap from small school powers to county powerhouses in the past few season. Do the Patriots follow in those footsteps? . . . The entire roster is in tact for another couple seasons, but to climb the ranks, you have to win CIF titles. It starts here for Oxford.

FIRST ROUND GAMES

Aquinas - bye

St. Joseph/Santa Maria at Canoga Park AGBU

Cate at Desert

Hamilton/Anza at Village Christian

Woodcrest Christian at Santa Clara

Rio Hondo Prep at Sacred Heart of Jesus

Calvary Chapel/SA at San Jacinto Valley Academy

Flintridge Prep - bye

Buckley at Loma Linda Academy

Western Christian at Temecula Prep

Academy of Careers and Exploration at Silver Valley

Einstein at Mission Prep

Thacher at Providence/Burbank 

St. Pius X-St. Mathias at Sherman Indian

Connelly at Academy for Academic Excellence

Oxford Academy - bye


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