Windward vs. Bishop O’Dowd in the open division matches Windward’s pizazz vs. O’Dowd’s big, deep front line. Salesian vs. Serra looks like another tossup in D4, but Lynwood a strong favorite in D2.
In the next to last polls of the season, there are few changes, except in Division I where Berkeley bounds up to No. 8 and Hanford gets a nod as a newcomer at No. 15. Lynwood is a new No. 2 in Division II while Sierra Canyon is a new No. 1 in Division V.
La Jolla Country Day blows past Troy to move back into elite statewide list. The Torreys face No. 1 Windward next, which will not have played in 12 days. Long Beach Poly, Ridgeview and Lynwood moving up as well.
Etiwanda takes advantage of home court and knocks off state and national No. 1 Mater Dei. We go through every division after Wednesday games and have comments from Etiwanda coach regarding open division.
Ridgeview of Bakersfield leads group of three newcomers as section championship week starts on Wednesday. One of the most intriguing questions heading into next week is which four CIF Southern Section teams will end up in the new CIF SoCal Open Division playoffs.
Unlike the boys, there were no major upsets in Tuesday playoff games this week. There wasn’t even a single team from last week’s rankings in any division, in fact, that lost and dropped out from this week’s rankings.
CIFSS Division I-AA playoffs features seven teams from the state top 20, which means that it won’t take long for some of them to lose, thus creating a lot of movement in the rankings. There were no changes in this week’s pecking order.
Watch out for Wilcox of Santa Clara as a newcomer in Division I. The only other new teams with a ranking are Canyon Springs and Canyon of Canyon Country. Miramonte also moves up to No. 2 in D3, strengthening chances the team will be in the open division for the regional playoffs.
No. 3 Bishop O’Dowd shows there’s quite a gap between itself and No. 4 St. Mary’s of Stockton among the best in California high school girls basketball, although the impressive win doesn’t change this week’s rankings. Etiwanda moves into the top 10 while the lone newcomer is Serra of Gardena.
No. 1 teams in good shape for another week, but two No. 2 teams have already faced tough challenges this week and one of them has lost. Newcomers this week include Santa Barbara, Mater Dei Catholic and Ripon Christian.