Tough playoff road ahead for locals

Girls' basketball: Six squads set to begin playoff runs Thursday night

Five teams will be on the road.

February 15, 2011|By Grant Gordon and Charles Rich,

GLENDALE — For the half-dozen local girls' basketball teams that made it to the playoffs, the release of their respective divisions' playoff pairings on Sunday unveiled a difficult road ahead.

Crescenta Valley High, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Holy Family, Glendale, Glendale Adventist Academy are all headed for first-round road games, while Flintridge Prep, perhaps surprisingly, was the only local to be rewarded with a home game on Thursday evening, but will go in as the likely underdog.

"You've got nothing to lose at this point," said Nitros Coach Tania Adary, whose team likely entertains the most arduous first-round draw as Glendale will travel to face second-seeded Buena in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2-AA playoffs. "You throw what you've got out there."


Glendale (14-12), which will take to the road on Thursday for a 7 p.m. start as with all other first-round games, takes on a Buena team that won the Channel League and boasts a 20-6 record. Buena is also the same team that defeated Glendale in the first round in 2009, the last time the Nitros made it to the playoffs. The winner of Thursday's game will face either Thousand Oaks or University on Saturday.

Sacred Heart goes in as the lone local team with a top-16 seed, as the Tologs drew the No. 8 seed, which they take with them for a first-round road game against Alverno. The Horizon League champion brings a 12-4 mark to the Division 5-AA playoffs, as the Tologs have amassed a 15-11 record and received entry into the playoffs as a Mission League at-large squad. The winner will play either ninth-seeded St. Monica or Workman.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Athletic Director Stephanie Contreras said the game might be played at Sacred Heart with Alverno being designated as the home team. Alverno plays its home games at Foothill Community Church in Pasadena and there's not enough room to accommodate the spectators and the teams.

"They played 16 games, eight of them in league," Flintridge Sacred Heart Coach Gino Pacella said. "I sort of expected a matchup like this and now we have a chance to make some noise.

"We want to get out there and run a little bit. It should be a good game for us."

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