HS Girls Basketball: Five Local Teams Advance to the Second Round of the CIF Southern Section Championship Playoffs


Vista Murrieta, Murrieta Mesa, Calvary Murrieta, Rancho Christian & California Military Institute Play Tomorrow

The first round of the CIF Southern Section Girls Championship Basketball Playoff were played yesterday. Thursday, February 15. This year’s tournament had 11 local teams competing for 10 CIF Crowns.

In Division 1A, three local teams faced off in Round One. Southwestern league Champion Vista Murrieta crushed Canyon Springs 70-47. The Broncos improve to 24-2 overall and will face Esparanza next.

Great Oak faced off against Valley View (26-1) and came up way short, losing 52-27. Lake Elsinore’s Lakeside High School was eliminated by Chaminade 67-41. The Lancers season ends with a 13-14 record. league.

In Division 2A, Murrieta Valley, who finished second in the Southwestern league and a 15-11 record was outplayed by Downey. The Nighthawks lost 67-26.

Division 2AA saw Sunbelt Champion Temescal Canyon lost to Los Osos 75-34. The Titans dominated the Sunbelt with a perfect 10-0 record and were 21-5 overall.

In Division 3A Murrieta Mesa is looking to go all the way. The Rams finished 4th in the Southwestern league. They slipped past Granite Hills 33-31 in the opener. The Rams face Beverly Hills tomorrow.

Heritage played Burroughs in the Division 3AA opener. The Patriots lost 40-47.

Two local teams played in the Division 5A Openers. Nuview Bridge went 12-7 this season while finishing third in the South Valley league. The Knights fell to California School/Deaf 42-35. Calvary Murrieta won and will advance to round two. The Warriors beat Calvary Baptist 36-21 and will face Samueli Academy next.

Rancho Christian played and beat Riverside Prep 66-50 in the Division 5AA The Eagles finished in second place in the South Valley league and will meet Hesperia Christian tomorrow.

South Valley Champion California Military Institute is in the Division 5AAA bracket. The Rough Riders were 16-3 and had a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They play Hueneme in tomorrow in round 2.

For Complete CIF SS Girls Championship Playoffs Brackets CLICK HERE

Photos by David Kingsley