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Posted: February 19, 2008 2:04 a.m.
Updated: April 21, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Valencia High center Jim Baughman (22) fires a pass to guard Terrez Scott in Friday's CIF_SS Div. II-AA playoff first-rounder at Valencia High.

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Prep playoffs are the unknown.

If ever that statement was true for the local survivors, it's right now.

Three boys basketball teams, two girls soccer and one girls basketball team remain in the CIF-Southern Section winter sports postseason.

But here's where things get secretive.

Whether it's just or not, and some people have their opinions that it isn't, many teams do not make information accessible to outsiders.

This makes it not only difficult for the media and general public, but a huge headache for coaches.

That's ever-so-present on the soccer scene where film and statistics are harder to come by.

"I have a list of all the teams they've played this season. I'm going to look up articles on the game," said Saugus girls soccer head coach Lisa Rollo of her second-round opponent Laguna Hills.

But it's also the case with many of the basketball teams.

Even Santa Clarita's own West Ranch High doesn't release statistics.

Nonetheless, here's a starter's scouting report on today's and Wednesday's second-round matchups.

Today:
CIF-SS Division II-AA Boys Basketball Second Round

Valencia (20-7) at Fullerton High (16-11), 7:30 p.m.
Here's one of the more befuddling games.
Longtime Fullerton head coach Bill Czech doesn't list his roster - anywhere.
OCVarsity.com is kind enough to list a partial roster.
The player that stands out is 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward Dwayne Fells.
Fells scored 25 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in Friday's first-round 51-43 upset of No. 5 seeded Redlands.
The Indians are a defensive-minded team that allows only 47 points per contest.
But Valencia is an uptempo team with offensive firepower in numbers.
As Vikings co-head coach Greg Hayes points out, the Indians are 1-10 when they surrender over 50 points and 15-1 when they give up 49 or fewer.
"Tempo will be important tomorrow," Hayes said.
Valencia has eclipsed 50 points in 24 of 27 games this season.

Saugus (22-5) at Bishop Montgomery (20-6), 7:30 p.m.
No. 6 seeded Bishop Montgomery defeated Charter Oak 66-42 in the first round.
Two players stepped up the most for the Knights.
Cleveland Jones scored 18 points and eight rebounds, while Aaron Ware added 14 points and 10 boards.
Bishop Montgomery can fill it up and shut teams down.
Though it was three months ago, the Knights scored 100 points against Gahr on Nov. 30.
They have allowed 23 points in a game and have held their last two opponents to an average of 40 points.
Saugus played with a lot of passion, especially late in a 72-53 win over Burroughs.
But Saugus did suffer a big injury as center Cameron Diorio left the game in the second quarter with a leg injury.
His status is unknown,

Eisenhower (25-3) at West Ranch (19-8), 7:30 p.m.
One thing needs to be said about this game - Eisenhower is the tournament's No. 1 seed.
So the Wildcats will go into their own gym as a heavy underdog.
The Eagles have won 22 of their last 23 games and have won eight straight.
In that span, the closest any opponent has been is 14 points when Redlands lost 56-42 to the Eagles on Feb. 8.

Wednesday:
CIF-SS Division II Girls Soccer Second Round

Saugus (18-2-4) at Laguna Hills (14-5-6), 3 p.m.
Saugus pulled of its first-ever first round win on Saturday with a 6-0 trouncing of Rialto.
Laguna Hills defeated El Dorado 4-1 on Saturday and won the coin flip to host the game.
Rollo said she had a parent there to take notes.
But will the road be a factor?
"It always matters that you're away," Rollo said. "But we're going to go in cars, not a bus."
Rollo did note that the Centurions have been strong on the road this season, specifically mentioning the winning of the Trabuco Hills Tournament.

Quartz Hill (18-4-1) at Hart (17-4--5), 3 p.m.
Hart played Quartz Hill in a dead-even 0-0 game Dec. 4 in a game that was kind of at home.
The Indians had to use their upper field because the football team was practicing for playoffs on their home field.
Does it make a difference?
Who knows? But the Indians are 1-1-2 on natural grass, 16-3-3 on artificial turf.
Not in the Indians favor is that they had Meghan Dean in that game.
Dean, still the team's second-leading scorer with eight goals, was lost for the season Dec. 28 due to a broken leg.

Wednesday: CIF-SS Division I-A Girls Basketball Second Round
Hart (18-9) at J.W. North (18-9), 7:30 p.m.
The Santa Clarita Valley knows J.W. North quite well.
The past two seasons, Canyon is 1-1 against the Huskies in the postseason.
Both of those games were played in the SCV.
Hart, a team that struggled to a 50-40 win over Bellflower in the first round, is the valley's last girls hoops hope.
North wasn't better, beating its first-round opponent Vista Del Lago 52-49.
The Huskies closed out the regular season 2-3 over its final five games.

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