Prep2Prep CCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 14
As the funnel narrows and teams are being eliminated that don’t make the semifinals, other than in the Open Division where everyone advances, it’s becoming clearer as we enter the final week of the CCS playoffs which teams will be advancing and we’ll know for sure after Tuesday’s quarterfinals in Divisions I thru V. With so many of the top seeds in some of those divisions coming off a double-bye and not having played in 11 days, we’ll see if any of them show signs of rustiness. As for newcomers, we had none, and in fact we only had one change and that was with two WCAL teams flipping. Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
"We realize Lynbrook was only the CIF Central Coast Section No. 8 seed but top-seeded Mitty beat them by a larger margin than any opponent this season in 92-35 quarterfinal victory. St. Ignatius is next in a Wednesday doubleheader at Gunn-Palo Alto and the Wildcats lost to Mitty by 22 points on the road and 40 on the road two weeks ago. Head coach Sue Philips emptied the bench as 11 girls scored with junior Olivia Williams leading four girls in double-figure scoring with 20 points.
Second-seeded Pinewood had little trouble with WBAL – Foothill rival Sacred Heart Prep and beat them for third time this season in a 57-35 victory. The win sends the Panthers into the semifinals against another league rival and rubber match with a Menlo team that upset them 46-45 on the road but they beat 43-36 at home. This game could be a dandy.
The Knights got by Sacred Heart Cathedral in a 3-point quarterfinal victory that send them to semis and a date with Pinewood in the late game of an Open Division doubleheader at Gunn-Palo Alto. Junior Coco Layton led four girls in double-figure scoring against the Fighting Irish with 18 points, all on six three-pointers.
The Wildcats moved up three spots last week and this week they flip with Valley Christian after the No. 5 seed was a 58-55 quarterfinal winner over No. 4 seed Valley Christian in a game played as the first half of an Open girls doubleheader at Harker-San Jose.
The Warriors are back where they were in the rankings two weeks ago after a close 3-point loss to WCAL rival St. Ignatius in the Open Division quarterfinals. With the CCS having a consolation bracket Coach Chris McSwain and his girls continue on with a Wednesday consolation semifinal at home against Lynbrook.
The Fighting Irish could not get the upset of Menlo but they came close before falling by 3-points in a quarterfinal match-up at Gunn-Palo Alto. Head coach LyRyan Russell and his girls now move to the consolations semis and a date with Sacred Heart Prep at home on Wednesday.
Just like the two WBAL – Foothill matchups the Gators fell to Pinewood only this time the 22-point margin was the largest. Sacred Heart Prep likely wont be seeing Pinewood again in the playoffs this season and now go to the consolation side of the bracket for an interesting matchup with Sacred Heart Cathedral on the road.
The Vikings were way overmatched against Mitty and it’s a bit of a shame but that’s the way it is and the good news for Vikings fans is the season is not over as the top public school in the rankings moves to the consolation bracket and a game against Valley Christian.
After not making the Open Division due to a head-to-head loss to Lynbrook, the Panthers had a bye in Division II and now face Woodside in the quarterfinals. Unlike the Open Division that sends the first eight teams in the rankings to the NorCals, from here out you have to win on Tuesday to advance.
The top-seeded Panthers had a double-bye like the other three top seeds and after not playing for 11 days Coach Buck Matthews and his girls host Oakwood-Morgan Hill in what could be an ugly affair.
The top five seeds had byes in Division II and the No. 4 seed now opens in the quarterfinals against a Willow Glen-San Jose team that had was a first round winner over Prospect-Saratoga.
Division III also had a double-bye for the top four seeds and that means the top-seeded Mariners are in an all Santa Cruz Coast League quarterfinal against a rival and unseeded Santa Cruz that was an upset winner over Soquel.
The Division I top-seeded Vikings remain behind the Aptos team that edged them in overtime, and after two byes heading into a quarterfinal at home against a No. 8 seed Carlmont that was a winner over Homestead.
After a bye the Division II No. 2 seed has a quarterfinal at home against a seventh-seeded Christopher-Gilroy team that was an easy winner over Branham-San Jose
Like the other top four seeds in Division I the third-seeded Bears had a double-bye and now face No. 6 seed Evergreen Valley in its quarterfinal match-up.
We still think the Ravens should be ahead of not only Division I No. 3 seed Menlo-Atherton, but No. 2 seed North Salinas, who we have them ahead of, but unless they beat fifth-seeded Los Gatos, and then the winner of the Carlmont at Palo Alto quarterfinal, they won’t get a shot at either of the two unless it’s in the title game.
After moving up two spots last week since they were seeded No. 2 in Division I, the Vikings hold tight after va double-bye and heading into their quarterfinal against cross-town arch rival and No. 7 seed Salinas.
Going right down our Division I pecking order the fifth-seeded Cats hold tight after coming up two spots last week, beating Independence-San Jose handily and heading into a quarterfinal showdown at Sequoia.
The fourth-seeded Chargers hold tight after a bye and a Division II quarterfinal at home against Hillsdale.
The Mustangs came in from the T25 group last week but there’s no place to go after a double-bye and heading into a quarterfinal with a Seventh-seeded Westmoor-Daly City team that was a winner over cross-town Jefferson.
Like the Capuchino team that bested them two weeks ago in the PAL – South finale for both teams, the third-seeded Vikings hold tight behind that team going into a quarterfinal at home with No. 6 seed Saratoga.
After a double-bye the Division III No. 4 seed hosts its quarterfinal against No. 5 seed Burlingame, a 20-point winner over El Camino-South San Francisco
All top five seeds in Division II drew a bye and that means the fifth-seeded Fighting Knights travel to No. 4 seed Leland for their quarterfinal.
The No. 2 seed in Division V looks headed on a collision course with Woodside Priory but the game have to be played and after a double-bye the Spirits face visiting Nueva-San Mateo in their quarterfinal.
After a bye the Division I sixth-seeded Cougars took care of business in a 24-point win over Los Altos and now travel to Menlo-Atherton for their quarterfinal.
The Division IV top-seeded Cougars had a bye and now face a a No. 8 seed Carmel team that was a 7-point winner over Harker-San Jose.
The Division I seventh-seeded Cowboys girls were a 7-point winner over Silver Creek-San Jose and now face cross-town PCAL – Gabilan arch rival North Salinas on the road in te quarterfinals.