Guards Able To Get Bye!

February 19, 2009 by  

BURBANK — Bell-Jeff looking for another fine CIF run; other three have tough playoff draws.

The Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball team will get to take it easy for the first round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The Santa Cruz League champions were rewarded for a fine regular season by being seeded No. 1 in Division VA. That means the Guards are one of six teams in the division given byes for Thursday’s first round.

Bell-Jeff (26-1) will host a second-round game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the winner of a first-round game between Sherman Indian and Holy Martyrs.

Sherman Indian, the No. 15 seed, won the Arrowhead League. Holy Martyrs is an at-large squad from the Liberty League.

The Guards will be trying to advance to a divisional championship game for the second straight season.

Bell-Jeff’s only loss of the season came Dec. 30 in a nonleague game against Montclair Prep, 63-62.

When Bell-Jeff opens the playoffs Saturday, it will have endured an 11-day layoff since its last game.

“That kind of scares me, being off that long,” Bell-Jeff Coach Bryan Camacho said. “When the girls found out we had a bye, they were a little upset.

“We just want to get out there and get going. We are excited about the playoffs.”

Bell-Jeff will play at home Saturday night, 7:30 pm against the Arrowhead league champion Sherman Indians who defeated Holy Martyrs 45-30 in their first round game.

The Guards are among the four local teams that all qualified for the postseason. However, only one of the three — Providence — will be at home for first-round games Thursday, as Burbank and Burroughs will have to hit the road. All three will also play opponents that are seeded.

By Jeff Tully – Burbank Leader –

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