Busiest night of playoffs for the girls, with 64 teams playing in 32 games in four divisions. A look at what you can expect in the next two weeks.
Top four seeds: Oak Ridge (24-3), Napa (24-2), Kennedy (24-3), Franklin (23-4).
In the final: Sara James is one of the state's best and propels Oak Ridge past Kennedy in a battle between defending D-II and D-I champs. James averages 34 for the Trojans, who were 6-1 in two national-caliber tourneys. Kennedy lost to St. Mary's and Sacramento.
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Upset special: If No. 2 Napa wins it all, is it really an upset? Yes, because the Indians' lofty ranking was fattened up by easy wins in a mediocre league. Napa lost by 26 to D-III No. 4 Vanden.
Best opener: Turlock (23-4) hosts Sheldon (15-10) in an 8 vs. 9 battle. Sheldon was 7-9 before a late-season run that featured wins over No. 5 Pleasant Grove and Div-II No. 1 St. Francis and has one of the top backcourts in the section. Turlock has won 14 in a row and will be one of the hottest teams on the court this week.
Local look: No. 11 Modesto (16-9) won the MMC but visits Tri-City runner-up McNair (23-5), whose big win is 57-55 over Turlock. Modesto is better in the frontcourt, but its guards will decide whether Panthers go on.
Top four seeds: St. Francis (19-7), Bella Vista (23-4), Vallejo (21-6), Fairfield (14-12).
In the final: If it's any other matchup than St. Francis vs. Bella Vista, something's gone terribly wrong. There's not a bad loss on the schedule for St. Francis, which wants to make up for last year's loss in the semis.
Upset special: No. 6 Granite Bay (17-10) has a bundle of losses, but to quality teams. Grizzlies coming off a 71-55 win over No. 5 Woodcreek.
Best opener: No. 12 Pitman (16-11) at No. 5 Woodcreek (16-8). If the Pride can turn it into a track meet, their ability to play in the open court could make this entertaining.
Local look: Atwater's got a tough draw in No. 3 Vallejo, which has a potent 1-2 punch in the 5-10 tandem of Rechel Carter and Ashley Moore.
Top four seeds: St. Mary's (26-1), Del Oro (23-4), Sacramento (22-5), Vanden (23-4).
In the final: St. Mary's is the defending state champion and No. 1 team in the nation, and its attitude is that the bigger the margin of victory the better. It will rout Del Oro in the final, right after the Golden Eagles beat Sacramento.
Upset special: If Vanden was in the bracket opposite St. Mary's, it would reach the final -- but they've got to play the Rams in the semifinals. That means we're going with No. 6 El Dorado (23-1), which will knock off Sacramento.
Best opener: No. 11 Sonora (16-11) visits El Dorado. The Wildcats are erratic, but are capable of pulling a stunner if Kelli Keefe is hot from the 3-point line and the inside players avoid foul trouble.
Local look: No. 7 East Union is in the second tier, behind the big four. It hosts Rio Americano (18-8) and the pressure is on the Lancers' backcourt to control the pace and strike from the 3-point line.
Top four seeds: Modesto Christian (23-4), Argonaut (27-0), Colfax (14-11), Christian Brothers (17-10).
In the final: MC is the defending NorCal champ and prohibitive favorite, it's just a question of who it beats in the final. This time it will be No. 3 Colfax, right after the Falcons hand No. 2 Argonaut its first loss.
Upset special: Calaveras (16-8) is the No. 10 seed and lost twice to Argonaut, but only by 7 points two weeks ago. The Redskins will win their opener on the road, and their road trip to Colfax is a toss-up.
Best opener: Calaveras at No. 7 Capital Christian (23-4). Battle-tested Redskins are entertaining when 5-9 guard Kelsey Hull is on her game.
Local look: There are nine district teams in the division, and six are on the road as lower seeds. Don't be surprised if MC, Argonaut and No. 8 Linden (19-8) are the only ones to survive tonight.
Top four seeds: Bradshaw Christian (17-8), Turlock Christian (23-4), Wilton Christian (23-4), Big Valley Christian (21-5).
In the final: Bradshaw Christian is the favorite and is going to beat Turlock Christian for the second time. Bradshaw won 56-47 in December, before TC freshman phenom Halie Bergman (25 points) was hurt.
Upset special: Ripon Christian (10-14) is a good pick because it plays against larger schools in the TVL and Kelsey Tillema is one of the best in the division.
Best opener: No. 11 RC is in Napa to face No. 6 Trinity Prep (17-6), which beat mostly lightweights in regular season. Look for RC to be the lowest seed to advance.
Local look: TC, even without Bergman, is still a good bet to make the final because of its depth and development of Kaisa Spycher and Amy Wright inside. Only two teams here have more wins than Big Valley (it had two close losses to No. 3 Wilton), so the Lions should get to the semifinal vs. Bradshaw.