GLENDALE â€” Cruising through its third consecutive undefeated Prep League campaign â€” resulting in its seventh straight league title â€” the Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team was rewarded with with the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in the CIF Southern Section Division IV-A playoff pairings released on Sunday.
For Crescenta Valley, the fourth-place team out of the Pacific League and only other area girls' team to qualify for the postseason, the goal is simply to still be alive in Division I-A by the time the Rebels play their second-round game on Saturday.
The Falcons host Valencia at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in Division I-A's lone wild-card game for a shot to advance to the first round on Saturday.
Under Coach Kenny Fisher, the Rebels (20-5) advanced to the Division IV-A championship game a year ago.
The road back to another title shot this year begins with a second-round home game at 7:30 on Saturday against either Notre Dame Riverside or Apple Valley Christian.
â€œI assume it's going to be [Notre Dame],â€ said Fisher of the Titans (20-5), the second-place team from the Mountain Pass League. â€œThey've got a pretty strong record and they're in a really tough league.
â€œWe're gonna go and look at the game [on Thursday], but I'm gonna assume it's Notre Dame.â€
Apple Valley Christian (13-9), the third-place team from the Agape League, visits the Titans, who are ranked 14th in Division IV-A, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Crescenta Valley's wild-card game against the 11th-seeded Vikings (17-9), an at-large team from the Foothill League, represents a rematch from last year's playoffs.
The Falcons (18-9) were defeated, 59-55, by Valencia in the first round.
â€œI'm happy that we get a home game in the playoffs â€” that's big,â€ Crescenta Valley Coach Jason Perez said. â€œValencia is really, really good. ...They've got some real good shooters and they run and gun and shoot threes.
â€œWe're gonna have to play them really well.â€
A win on Thursday would send the Falcons to a first-round matchup on Saturday at Mission Viejo (16-9), the second-place team from the South Coast League.