Empire girls hoops squads earn high seeds

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Cardinal Newman girls basketball team earned a No. 5 seed in Division 4 and will host No. 12 Cloverdale on Wednesday night. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)

The Cardinal Newman girls basketball team earned a No. 5 seed in Division 4 and will host No. 12 Cloverdale on Wednesday night. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)

The Empire’s top prep girls basketball teams were rewarded for strong play with favorable pairings in the North Coast Section playoffs, led by an impressive pack from the North Bay League.

Winning the NBL tournament title moved Cardinal Newman up to fifth in Division 4, while Santa Rosa is third in Division 1 and Windsor is second in Division 2. Also getting a first-round home game is Casa Grande. And both Montgomery and Ukiah made the field.

“The seedings nearly matched what we thought. Our league was pretty competitive this year,” said Windsor coach Jeff Paul. “Our complete body of work was good enough.”

The seedings reflect the relative strength of divisions.

Cardinal Newman is the hottest large-school girls team. The Cardinals’ reward is a home game in a very challenging Division 4, hosting Cloverdale in an opening-round contest.

Making the section playoffs from the Sonoma County League were Analy, Petaluma and Sonoma Valley, all in Division 3.

Division 3 poses a tough road for Empire teams. Analy has the highest seed at No. 5, after falling to Petaluma in the SCL tournament final.

Analy gets a home game. The Tigers travel to San Marin, which received a first-round bye.

“Every game from here on out will be tough because it’s win or go home,” said Analy coach Tom Corriveau. “You have to be ready to play.”

Petaluma earned a home game in the first round. So who comes into the Trojans’ gym?

Try, Sonoma County League rival Sonoma Valley.

While the Empire sends 10 teams into the Division 5 and Division 6 playoffs, only three of those squads were good enough to earn home games.

St. Vincent is sixth in Division 5, getting NCL II rival Sonoma Academy in the first round.

Rincon Valley Christian is fifth in Division 6.

Rio Lindo Adventist Academy is eighth in the smallest schools’ bracket.

You can reach Staff Writer Michael Coit at 521-5470 or mike.coit@pressdemocrat.com.

GIRLS

All games involving area teams:

DIVISION 1

Tuesday

14 San Leandro (10-15) at 3 Santa Rosa (25-3), 7 p.m.

DIVISION 2

Tuesday

9 Montgomery (13-13) at 8 Northgate (20-6), 7 p.m.

15 Mt. Eden (16-10) at 2 Windsor (19-8), 7 p.m.

10 Ukiah (12-13) at 7 Redwood (20-8), 7 p.m.

11 College Park (14-12) at 6 Casa Grande (15-12), 6 p.m.

DIVISION 3

Tuesday

12 Albany (10-10) at 5 Analy (17-10), 8 p.m.

11 Sonoma Valley (14-13) at 6 Petaluma (18-10), 7 p.m.

DIVISION 4

Wednesday

16 Middletown (19-7) at 1 Salesian (24-5), 8 p.m.

13 Roseland Prep (18-7) at 4 Arcata (22-3), 7 p.m.

12 Cloverdale (19-7) at 5 Cardinal Newman (22-6), 8 p.m.

15 St. Helena (16-10) at 2 St. Mary’s (22-7), 8 p.m.

DIVISION 5

Wednesday

12 Upper Lake (16-11) at 5 S.F. University (17-9), 7 p.m.

11 Sonoma Academy (14-7) at 6 St. Vincent (22-6), 7 p.m.

DIVISION 6

Wednesday

9 Laytonville (11-10) at 8 Rio Lindo Adventist (15-7), 7 p.m.

13 Anderson Valley (10-9) at 4 CSFD (19-8), 7 p.m.

12 El Sobrante Christian (12-11) at 5 Rincon Valley Christian (13-12), 6:30 p.m.

15 Point Arena (9-16) at 2 St. Bernard Catholic (18-11), 8 p.m.

10 Cornerstone Christian (11-7) at 7 Round Valley (13-5), 7 p.m.

14 Mendocino (9-8) at 3 S.F. Waldorf (14-6), 7 p.m.

11 Contra Costa Christian (13-9) at 6 Summerfield Waldorf (16-5), 5:30 p.m.

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