The 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. “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?