Lancers’ season gets an extension

first_imgThe Lancers enter the state tournament in search of their third consecutive trip to the state finals in Sacramento. Amat is the Southern California Regional’s No. 2 seed. The San Diego Section’s Mt. Miguel is the top seed. “I’m glad we’re at home,” Wiard said. “I think this is the third or fourth year in a row we’re playing the San Diego Section runner-up. They lost to some very good teams. Other than that, I don’t know much about them.” Diamond Ranch’s snub ends the illustrious career of UCLA-bound Panthers standout Nina Earl. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Amat’s season will continue with a home game on Thursday night against San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic (26-5). Diamond Ranch will turn in its gear. Amat and Santa Margarita, which play in Southern Section Division I-AA, got the nods. That decision could be a sign that CIF favored teams from the tougher division. Diamond Ranch, which was 27-2, had a better overall record than both teams. Sunday’s girls high school basketball CIF-State playoff pairings were great news for Bishop Amat High School and the complete opposite for Diamond Ranch. The Lancers and Panthers were among five teams bidding for two at-large spots in this week’s state playoffs. center_img “What are they basing it on?” Diamond Ranch coach Vince Spirlin said. “This is ridiculous. They can’t be basing it on strength of schedule. I don’t have a gripe about Bishop Amat, they’re state champs two years in a row. “I feel bad for my girls. They were depending on it. Some of my girls are calling me. What am I supposed to tell them? `They didn’t pick us.’ `OK, why?’ `I have no idea.’ ” Amat’s berth in the state tournament was no surprise. The Lancers had history on their side and a huge win over Lynwood in the Southern Section quarterfinals. “We’re excited about the opportunity,” Amat coach Richard Wiard said. “I think you could’ve made a legitimate case for a lot of teams. I think we played a tough schedule and had a big win at the end of the season.” Not to mention, how much could the CIF hold a loss to Division I-AA champion Long Beach Poly against them? last_img

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