Traditional powers were awarded top-seeded spots in their respective divisions by the Southern Section Monday when the girls’ high school basketball playoff pairings were announced.
Ventura Buena, Palmdale, Pasadena Muir and Santa Ynez were seeded No. 1 in their divisions. There was one relative newcomer, Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood, which was seeded No. 4 in Division III-A after finishing as co-champion of the Mission League.
The Harvard-Westlake boys’ team, with 6-foot-10 identical twins Jason and Jarron Collins, is ranked No. 1 in the state but the Lady Wolverines made a name for themselves when they upset three-time defending Mission League champion Alemany on Feb. 6.
Harvard-Westlake, which had never finished better than fourth, ended Alemany’s 18-game overall winning streak and 43-game league winning streak.
The team is coached by Brian Taylor, in his first year. Orlando Woolridge, the former Laker, is his assistant.
Harvard-Westlake begins the playoffs Thursday as host to Costa Mesa Estancia.
The section seeds teams based on league records and not overall strength of schedule, and the results were predictable.
Palmdale, Golden League champions, drew the top spot in Division I-AA.
Other top-seeded teams are Buena in Division I-A, Laguna Hills in II-AA, Brea-Olinda in II-A, Muir in III-AA, Torrance Bishop Montgomery in III-A, Santa Ynez in IV-AA, Cerritos Valley Christian in IV-A, Covina Western Christian in V-AA, and Camarillo Cornerstone Christian in V-A.
The wild-card round will be played Thursday. First-round games begin Thursday in divisions without wild-card games and Saturday in all other divisions. Finals will be played March 7 and 8 at the Long Beach Pyramid.
The Southern Section also announced soccer pairings Monday. Palos Verdes Peninsula was seeded first in the boys’ Division I and Upland was No. 1 in the girls’ Division I. Other top-seeded boys’ teams included Santa Ana Mater Dei in Division II and Cathedral City in III.