Girls basketball playoffs: Div. 5AA pairings, Connolly's breakdown
OCVarsity has the pairings and breakdown for all of the CIF-SS girls basketball divisions.
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