HS Girls Basketball: Eight Local Teams Advance to Round 2 of the 2019 CIF Southern Section Championship Playoffs

Lakeside,Murrieta Mesa, Paloma Valley, Nuview Bridge, Calvary Murrieta, Santa Rosa Academy, Linfield Christian and Rancho Christian all Advance

Round One of the 2019 CIF Southern Section Girls Basketball Playoff Championship brackets were played Thursday. Eight local High School teams will advance to the second round which will be played at 7pm Saturday.

Lakeside had a bye in the first round of Division 2A play. The Lancers will play Bonita who beat Culver City 50-40 last night. Lakeside is this year’s undefeated Champions of the Ivy league and are 22-3.

Murrieta Mesa will be home again for their Division 3AA round 2 game. The Rams defeated Hemet 58-52 in the opener. Mesa is now 14-15 this season and will face Cathedral City who had a bye in the tournament opener.

In Division 4AA,Sunbelt league Champion Paloma Valley rolled past Whittier 51-46. The Wildcats will be on the road this game to play Marantha. Paloma Valley’s record is now 19-9.

Three South Valley league teams are still in the hunt for the Division 5A Crown. League Champion Nuview Bridge slipped past Mountain View 38-37. The Knights are 20-5 and will travel to Valencia to take on Trinity Classic Academy.

Calvary Murrieta was home against Lucerne Valley last night. The Warriors improved their record to 13-12 with a 41-27 victory over the Mustangs. The Warriors will be at home again Saturday to play Milken from Los Angeles.

Santa Rosa Academy easily beat Lutheran 40-24 in their opening match. The Rangers finished third in the South Valley and improved to 10-8. They will be home to face Bloomington Christian.

In Division 5AA both Linfield Christian and Rancho Christian advance to round 2 of the playoffs. Linfield Christian drew a Bye in the first round of the tournament. The Ambassador league Champs will face Hesperia Christian game. Linfield’s record is 20-3 and the Lions will be home.

Rancho Christian crushed San Bernardino 55-10 last night at home. The Eagles are 18-3 and will travel to San Pedro to battle Mary Star of the Sea.

Three teams lost in round 1, and they were all in the Southwestern league.In Division 1, Vista Murrieta fell to Esperanza 58-36 in the opening round. The Southwestern league Champions finished the season with a record of 12-13.

Southwestern league runner up Great Oak lost to Orange Lutheran in the Division 2AA tournament. The score was 43-33 and the Wolfpack ended 2019 with a record of 19-8.

Chaparral lost a nail biter, edged by Twentynine Palms by a point, 56-55. The Pumas played in Division 3AA were 17-12 this season.

Photos by Scott Padgett & David Kingsley