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Four local basketball teams seeded in CIF playoffs

Sage Hill's Isabel Gomez (24) looks to pass during the CIF State Southern California Regional Division 2A semifinal.
Sage Hill’s Isabel Gomez (24) looks to pass during the CIF State Southern California Regional Division 2A semifinal game against Westlake Village on June 17.
(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

The CIF Southern Section released its basketball playoff pairings on Tuesday, and there will be plenty of local postseason action on the hardwood in the weeks to come.

A total of nine girls’ basketball teams and eight boys’ basketball teams from the area qualified for the section playoffs.

Three girls’ basketball teams earned seeds for the playoffs — Sage Hill, Pacifica Christian Orange County and Laguna Beach.

Sage Hill (18-9, San Joaquin League No. 2), the second seed in the Division 2AA bracket, opens at home against Tesoro (16-12, South Coast League No. 2T). The Lightning will look to build on the success of their last playoff run, when Sage Hill beat Ontario Christian in the Division 3AA final.

Academy League champion Pacifica Christian (21-5) is the No. 1 seed in the Division 4 draw. The Tritons play the winner of Riverside Ramona (10-18, River Valley League No. 3) at Victorville Cobalt Institute (10-4, Cross Valley League No. 2) on Feb. 16.

After dropping a second-place tiebreaker game to Edison for the Wave League’s last automatic playoff berth, Laguna Beach (17-10) got into the Division 5AA draw as an at-large selection and will play at Loara (11-11, Garden Grove League No. 2). The Breakers are the No. 3 seed.

The first round of the girls’ basketball playoffs is scheduled to be played on Saturday.

Rivals Corona del Mar (13-12, Surf League No. 2) and Newport Harbor (19-8, Wave League champion) are competing in Division 2A. The Sea Kings will be on the road at Ridgecrest Burroughs (13-5, Mojave River League No. 2) in the first round, while the Sailors play host to Los Angeles Brentwood (18-10, Gold Coast League No. 4)

Surf League champion Fountain Valley (18-6) hosts Northwood (15-6, Pacific Coast League No. 3T) to start the Division 3AA playoffs. Edison (9-18) travels to Rowland Heights Rowland (17-8, Hacienda League No. 2) to begin the Division 3A playoffs.

Los Amigos (7-18, Garden Grove League No. 3), which clinched its playoff spot with a win at Rancho Alamitos in the regular season finale, will be at Savanna (14-6, Orange League No. 2) to kick off the Division 5A playoffs. Estancia (12-12), an at-large bid recipient out of the Orange Coast League in the same bracket, plays at Yermo Silver Valley (8-5, Agape League No. 2) on Friday at 1 p.m.

In boys’ basketball, Surf League champion Edison (24-4) received a first-round bye after earning the No. 2 seed in the Division 2A draw. The Chargers will play host to the winner of Los Angeles Price (14-4, Harbor League at-large) at Wildomar Elsinore (18-3, Sunbelt League co-champion) on Feb. 15.

Pacifica Christian (15-12, San Joaquin League No. 3) has a first-round matchup at Whittier La Serna (15-12, Del Rio League champion) in the same quarter of the draw.

First-round games for boys’ basketball are slated to be played on Friday.

The Wave League championship was split between Fountain Valley (12-8) and Marina (19-9). The Barons, competing in Division 1, will host Los Angeles Loyola (20-6, Mission League No. 4), while the Vikings will be home against Trabuco Hills (13-11, South Coast League No. 3) to begin the Division 2AA playoffs.

Costa Mesa (11-16, Orange Coast League No. 3) faces Santa Fe (11-14, Del Rio League No. 2) on the road to begin the Division 4AA playoffs.

Battle for the Bell rival Estancia (17-11) needed an at-large selection to qualify for the Division 5AA playoffs. The Eagles will open at Helendale Academy of Careers and Exploration (7-7, Agape League No. 2).

Ocean View (18-8), the runner-up in the Golden West League this season, plays at La Puente Bishop Amat (Camino Real League No. 2) in the Division 3A bracket.

Sage Hill (15-10), the second-place team in the Academy League, visits Santa Monica St. Monica Catholic (12-8, Santa Fe League No. 2) in the Division 4A playoffs.

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