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Come playoff time, the Foothill League’s girls basketball teams could have some tough competition

Posted: February 2, 2009 10:08 p.m.
Updated: February 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Last week we focused on boys basketball in the first edition of around the divisions. This week, we take a look at girls basketball.

But let's make some quick points on boys basketball.

Valencia and West Ranch stayed at Nos. 6 and 8 respectively in the CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA poll, released Monday.

Saugus dropped six spots in Division II-A to No. 16.

Hart, despite defeating Golden Valley, which is again at No. 4 in Division III-A, only moved up one spot in Division III-AA to No. 10.

Now to girls soccer, where Saugus moved up a spot to No. 6 in Division II, while Valencia dropped three spots to No. 7.

Canyon's girls entered the poll with a tie for No. 10.

Division II-AA
Valencia's girls basketball team stayed at No. 9 for the second consecutive week. The Vikings will see some steep competition in the postseason with the early favorite being Brea Olinda to win the Division II-AA crown.

No. 1 Brea Olinda of Brea
Record: 19-2, 6-0 in the Century League
Last game: Friday, 60-24 win over Canyon of Anaheim
Where do we start with Brea Olinda?
The Wildcats have won 15 games in a row.
They are the No. 2 team in the nation, according to and
They are simply dominant, averaging 63.4 points per game and allowing 39 per contest.
Brea Olinda has two particularly dynamic players in 6-foot-2-inch sophomore Justine Hartman, who is averaging 16.4 points and 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.
Kendall Rodriguez would be the other.
The 6-foot-tall swing player is scoring 10.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 4.5 assists per game.
On Jan. 20, the Wildcats defeated Tustin High 78-7.

No. 2 Buena of Ventura
Record: 18-6, 4-1 in the Channel League
Last game: Thursday, 71-46 win over San Marcos
A perennial powerhouse, the Bulldogs are still a force. The team is getting big contributions from three girls. Keani Albanez is scoring 12.7 points per game, according to the Ventura County Star. Holly Holcomb is pulling down 7.4 rebounds and making 3.4 steals per contest. Kacie Sowell is adding 7.3 rebounds per game.

No. 3 Edison of Huntington Beach
Record: 16-4, 6-0 in the Sunset League
Last game: Thursday, 67-21 win over Esperanza
The Chargers are on an eight-game winning streak and much of their success this season comes from a defense that's allowing only 37.3 points per game. In their win against Esperanza, Edison had five girls score in double figures, according to Sophomore guard Christina Marquette scored 20 points. It was the third straight game that a different girl led the team in scoring.

Division II-A
Saugus will have to keep surprising people, like its done all season. Again, the Centurions are No. 10 in the Division II-A poll, but they may have the toughest division in the Southern Section. Mater Dei and Summit are division, state and national powerhouses.

No. 1 Mater Dei of Santa Ana
Record: 23-0, 6-0 in the Trinity League
Last game: Thursday, 65-24 win over JSerra Catholic
It doesn't get any better than Mater Dei. The Monarchs are the No. 1 prep girls basketball team in the nation. They score 72 point per game and allow just 40. Mater Dei's smallest margin of victory this season was eight points.

No. 2 Summit of Fontana
Record: 19-4, 6-0 in the Sunkist League
Last game: Saturday, 75-52 win over Riverside North
The SkyHawks are riding an eight-game winning streak. The state's No. 17 team is led by a couple of 6-foot-tall-plus players in Meghin Williams and Maiya Michel. Williams is scoring 14.2 points per game and grabbing 10.3 boards. Michel is not too far off at 13 points and 8.5 rebounds.

No. 3 Beverly Hills
Record: 17-7, 4-2 in the Ocean League
Last game: Friday, 55-40 loss to Inglewood
Four players are averaging at least nine points per game, headlined by sophomore power forward Morgan Mason, who is scoring 15.3 points per game. Inglewood, the state's No. 18 team, though, has Beverly Hills' number, beating the Normans twice this season.


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