Daily News Area Top 10 - Final


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Posted by No Coverage on March 21, 2018 at 12:06:42:

Since the Daily News did not cover Girls Basketball much this season, except for a couple big games, here is one look at a Final Top 10 in their coverage area.

Again, this is not official, but since they won't/don't do it, someone has to!

It was a good year for many area teams, especially Harvard Westlake who made it back to SS Open Finals, Chaminade who made it to the D1 finals, and Granada who made it to the City finals.

Many of these teams are taking big graduation hits this year, so next year could be very interesting!

Final Top 10


1. Harvard Westlake (26-6) - Made it to Open finals, and lost a heart-breaker to Clovis West in the Regional semi's on a three pointer at the buzzer. In addition to the Twins, they got strong play from Hirsch and Wong, and also had the top two frosh in the area. Everyone talks about being a family - they truly play like it.
2. Sierra Canyon (23-9)- Not the end result they hoped for, but still a season 99% of schools would love to have. Open playoffs and a couple of State games. Payne was Payne and transfer DeJesus is the real deal, but the injury to 6-2 Olinger really hurt them in playoffs as rebounding and depth became an issue.
3. Granada Hills (28-6) - No D1 players but a bunch of really good high school players that all bought into the coach's system. And it paid off by making the City finals and the State Regional semi's after beating Chaminade. They lose the heart and soul of the team in Mitchell, but a good nucleus comes back next year.
4. Chaminade (21-9) - Tough loss in CIF Finals for the Eagles, but they overachieved, especially when having to start and finish the season without their spark plug Iwahashi due to injury. Had to be happy going 3-0 vs. longtime rival Alemany including in playoffs. May have been DiMuro's best coaching job given the results and the lack of depth on the team this year.
5. Alemany (19-11) - At the beginning of the season, looked to be a top SS team. But the loss of Archer for season forced others out of position and they had problems adjusting. 0-5 against Chaminade and HW is not what was envisioned. Yet, was still able to beat D1 Champ West in State Regionals. Interesting to see what they do next year.
6. Canyon (26-5) - Hard to say 26-5 was disappointing, but the goal for Canyon was always a CIF ring. But a shocking second round loss in playoffs ended their road back to the championship game. They lose a lot and will be hard pressed to be back here next year.
6. El Camino (22-12) - The combination of a new coach, a key component from last year who didn't play, and a season-ending injury to another starter was just too much to overcome. Despite beating Harvard Westlake, three losses to rival Granada (including in City semi's) is tough. Lead Bishop Montgomery for most of game in Regionals, but just couldn't finish - kind of the story of their season.
8. Village Christian (23-8) - As much of a mess as the boys program has been, the girls have been just the opposite. Made it to 2A semis and the State Regionals. Coaches do a good job of developing players. Have to wonder if playing a weaker schedule than last year didn't have an affect come playoff time.
9. Newbury Park (15-12) - Make the list for overachieving come playoff time and getting to 2A quarters. No one saw that coming but great to see a squad come out of nowhere to see playoff success.
10. La Canada (23-5) - Didn't play a very tough schedule but upset Granada in December. Went into playoffs as top seed, but ran into the Newbury Park buzzsaw early in playoffs. Should have probably made it to semi's and a berth in Regionals.
10. Grace Brethren (25-4) - Have to give some love to the top Small School in the area. The "other" Coach DiMuro has built them into a lower division power in just two years, rolling to the 5AA title before losing in D5 Regionals to champ Sierra Pacific. Their core players are all frosh and sophs, so it will be interesting to see how they do when they move up next year.


Note: Ribet and Camarillo are not in Daily News coverage area and not considered for this list.


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