Sac-Joaquin Section girls playoff preview, boys and girls playoff schedules

Published: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 - 12:07 pm

The Bee's Bill Paterson breaks down the Sac-Joaquin Section girls basketball playoff field.

GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW

The Bee's Bill Paterson breaks down the Sac-Joaquin Section field:

DIVISION I

• Top seeds: No. 1 St. Mary's (25-2), No. 2 Oak Ridge (23-3), No. 3 Kennedy (21-5), No. 4 Nevada Union (21-4)

2012 champion: Kennedy

Outlook: St. Mary's of Stockton, elevated to Division I after winning the last two D-II section titles, is the overwhelming favorite. The Rams' only two losses were to Florida power Dillard and state No. 3 Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland, but they may have suffered a hit when senior point guard Onome Jemerigbe rolled an ankle in a win over St. Francis on Monday. Kennedy, which beat Oak Ridge in overtime in the section final last season, is in the same half of the bracket as the Trojans, which could lead to a semifinal matchup Feb. 28 at University of the Pacific. Among the intriguing teams are Sierra Foothill League champion Nevada Union, trying to return to its D-I glory days; No. 8 Pleasant Grove, with the inside-outside combination of Dejza James and Avonna Lee; and No. 6 Davis, which went 22-4 and won the Delta Valley Conference title.

DIVISION II

• Top seeds: No. 1 Sacramento (23-4), No. 2 McNair (24-3), No. 3 Gregori (23-1), No. 4 River City (19-8)

2012 champion: St. Mary's

Outlook: After playing in eight consecutive Division III section finals (winning three times), Sacramento has moved up to D-II – and still is the team to beat. Senior Allie Green and juniors Chaya Durr and 6-foot-4 Ayanna Edwards lead the Dragons. McNair of Stockton has one of the best players in the division in 6-4 junior Mandy Coleman (17.8 points, 11.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 5 steals and 20 three-pointers). No. 5 Del Oro will get a boost from Brianna Ruiz, who returns after missing most of the season rehabbing from knee surgery. No. 6 Florin is a team to watch with four-year players Daijah Joe-Smith and Deja Conger and 6-2 junior Dalayna Sampton.

DIVISION III

• Top seeds: No. 1 Christian Brothers (20-7), No. 2 Vanden (24-3), No. 3 Rio Americano (24-3), No. 4 Placer (23-4)

2012 champion: Sacramento

Outlook: Look for a new champion in a division dominated for nearly a decade by St. Mary's (five titles) and Sacramento (three titles). With experience, depth and talent, Christian Brothers and Vanden look to be a head above the rest of the field. No. 6 Modesto Christian, which reached last season's D-III final after winning three consecutive years in D-IV, is always a team to watch, and Rio Americano, after its best regular season in years, could challenge.

DIVISION IV

• Top seeds: No. 1 Bear River (23-3), No. 2 Colfax (18-9), No. 3 Bradshaw Christian (23-2), No. 4 Argonaut (27-0)

2012 champion: Calaveras

Outlook: It's a wide-open field with plenty of title candidates, including No. 7 Calaveras. Bear River will try to win its first D-IV section title since winning in 2006 and 2007. Bradshaw Christian, a four-time champion in D-V (2008-2011), has a strong starting five led by senior Ashlee Jones but not much depth. Haley Shaner leads 2012 section runner-up West Campus, a No. 6 seed. Argonaut, with its unbeaten record but a lack of strong opponents, is the field's intrigue team.

DIVISION V

• Top seeds: No. 1 Brookside Christian (23-4), No. 2 Turlock Christian (23-4), No. 3 Capital Christian (18-9), No. 4 Ripon Christian (19-6)

2012 champion: Brookside Christian

Outlook: Brookside Christian, the defending D-V state champ, is the prohibitive favorite. The Knights have played a strong nonleague schedule and are ranked fourth in the section by Maxpreps.com, behind St. Mary's, Oak Ridge and Sacramento. Junior guard Tiara Tucker leads the section in scoring (29.3 points) and set a Northern California and section girls single-game record with 73 points last month. She has excelled despite the stabbing death of her father in December.

DIVISION VI

• Top seeds: No. 1 Victory Christian (19-5), No. 2 Valley Christian (14-9), No. 3 New Life Christian (19-3), No. 4 Sacramento Country Day (14-6)

2012 champion: Victory Christian

Outlook: Victory Christian, which won the inaugural D-VI title last year, is led by seniors Molly Huffman, Angela Frentzen and Emily Potts. Valley Christian lost to Victory Christian 42-32 in December but has a top player in sophomore Lily Hagerty (20.1 points). Sacramento Country Day, behind Mary-Clare Bosco (18.5 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.7 blocks), is a team to watch.

PLAYOFF SCHEDULES

BOYS

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Today's out-bracket games

DIVISION I

No. 18 West-Tracy at No. 15 Armijo

No. 17 Rodriguez at No. 16 Bear Creek

DIVISION II

No. 22 Atwater at No. 11 Gregori-Modesto

No. 21 Vacaville at No. 12 Buhach Colony-Atwater

No. 20 Cordova at No. 13 Johansen-Modesto

No. 19 Johnson at No. 14 Benicia

No. 18 El Camino at No. 15 Roseville

No. 17 River City at No. 16 Will C. Wood

Wednesday's first-round games

DIVISION I

Bear Creek/Rodriguez at No. 1 Sheldon

West-Tracy/Armijo at No. 2 Pleasant Grove

No. 14 Chavez-Stockton at No. 3 Bella Vista

No. 13 Oak Ridge at No. 4 Golden Valley

No. 12 Bethel-Vallejo at No. 5 Granite Bay

No. 11 Davis at No. 6 Lincoln-Stockton

No. 10 Turlock at No. 7 Franklin-Elk Grove

No. 9 Kennedy at No. 8 Lodi

DIVISION II

River City/Wood at No. 1 Sacramento

Roseville/El Camino at No. 2 St. Mary's-Stockton

Benicia/Johnson at No. 3 Antelope

Johansen/Cordova at No. 4 Grant

Buhach Colony/Vacaville at No. 5 Cosumnes Oaks

Gregori/Atwater at No. 6 Burbank

No. 10 Laguna Creek at No. 7 Rocklin

No. 9 Del Oro at No. 8 Del Campo

DIVISION III

No. 16 Manteca at No. 1 Modesto Christian

No. 15 Ceres at No. 2 Sierra-Manteca

No. 14 East Union at No. 3 Casa Roble

No. 13 Riv. Valley at No. 4 Weston Ranch-Stockton

No. 12 Rio Americano at No. 5 Lincoln

No. 11 Vanden at No. 6 Patterson

No. 10 Inderkum at No. 7 Placer

No. 9 Foothill at No. 8 Fairfield

DIVISION IV

No. 16 Hughson at No. 1 Colfax

No. 15 Delhi at No. 2 Summerville

No. 14 Waterford at No. 3 Riverbank

No. 13 Mariposa at No. 4 Liberty Ranch

No. 12 Amador at No. 5 Mesa Verde

No. 11 San Juan at No. 6 Bret Harte

No. 10 Ripon at No. 7 Encina

No. 9 Escalon at No. 8 West Campus

DIVISION V

No. 12 Millennium at No. 5 Woodland Christian

No. 11 Delta Charter at No. 6 Elliot Christian

No. 10 Bradshaw Chr. at No. 7 Forest Lake Chr.

No. 9 Delta at No. 8 Buckingham Charter

First-round bye

No. 1 Central Catholic

No. 2 Capital Christian

No. 3 Ripon Christian

No. 4 Brookside Christian

DIVISION VI

No. 8 Trinity Prep at No. 1 Faith Christian

No. 7 Victory Christian at No. 2 New Life Chr.

No. 6 Freedom Christian at No. 3 Stockton Chr.

No. 5 Lodi Academy at No. 4 Turlock Christian

GIRLS

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Today's out-bracket games

DIVISION I

Bella Vista at Stagg-Stockton

DIVISION IV

Hilmar at Mariposa

San Juan at Los Banos

Tuesday's first-round games

DIVISION I

No. 16 Bear Creek at No. 1 St. Mary's-Stockton

Stagg-Stockton/Bella Vista at No. 2 Oak Ridge

No. 14 Enochs-Modesto at No. 3 Kennedy

No. 13 St. Francis at No. 4 Nevada Union

No. 12 Merced at No. 5 Armijo

No. 11 Napa at No. 6 Davis

No. 10 Lincoln-Stockton at No. 7 Monterey Trail

No. 9 McClatchy at No. 8 Pleasant Grove

DIVISION II

No. 16 Vacaville at No. 1 Sacramento

No. 15 Kimball-Tracy at No. 2 McNair-Stockton

No. 14 Benicia at No. 3 Gregori-Modesto

No. 13 Antelope at No. 4 River City

No. 12 Tracy at No. 5 Del Oro

No. 11 El Camino at No. 6 Florin

No. 10 Del Campo at No. 7 Rocklin

No. 9 Grant at No. 8 Buhach Colony-Atwater

DIVISION III

No. 16 Natomas at No. 1 Christian Brothers

No. 15 Center at No. 2 Vanden

No. 14 Ceres at No. 3 Rio Americano

No. 13 Rosemont at No. 4 Placer

No. 12 Oakmont at No. 5 Patterson

No. 11 Vista del Lago at No. 6 Modesto Christian

No. 10 Inderkum at No. 7 Manteca

No. 9 Weston Ranch-Stockton at No. 8 Riv. Valley

DIVISION IV

Mariposa/Hilmar at No. 1 Bear River

San Juan/Los Banos at No. 2 Colfax

No. 14 Union Mine at No. 3 Bradshaw Christian

No. 13 Riverbank at No. 4 Argonaut

No. 12 Bret Harte at No. 5 Ripon

No. 11 Encina at No. 6 West Campus

No. 10 Liberty Ranch at No. 7 Calaveras

No. 9 Dixon at No. 8 Sonora

DIVISION V

No. 12 Le Grand at No. 5 Woodland Christian

No. 11 Sac. Waldorf at No. 6 Elliot Christian

No. 10 Foresthill at No. 7 Big Valley Christian

No. 9 Forest Lake Chr. at No. 8 Central Catholic

First-round bye

No. 1 Brookside Christian-Stockton

No. 2 Turlock Christian

No. 3 Capital Christian

No. 4 Ripon Christian

DIVISION VI

No. 8 Sac. Adventist at No. 1 Victory Christian

No. 7 Trinity Prep at No. 2 Valley Christian

No. 6 Stockton Christian at No. 3 New Life Chr.

No. 5 Lodi Academy at No. 4 Sac. Country Day

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