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The Sierra Canyon girls basketball team will start its journey back to the CIF Southern Section Open Division title game Saturday night when it hosts Lynwood at 7 p.m.
The No. 1 Trailblazers are the defending CIF State Open Division champs, but lost in the Southern Section final to rival Windward last year 73-58 at Cal Baptist University.
This year, however, Sierra Canyon is the favorite, led by Vanessa DeJesus, Ashley Chevalier and Alexis Mark – all returning seniors.
Harvard-Westlake, the No. 1 seed in Division 1, had a bye on Thursday, but will now play Huntington Beach on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the second round. Chaminade dominated its opening-round game, topping St. Mary’s Academy 60-47. Eagles will travel to Redondo Union.
Other second-round matchups Saturday night
(Games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Division 2AA: Valencia at Orangewood Academy; St. Anthony at Saugus; Village Christian at Marlborough
Division 2A: Arroyo Valley at Burroughs/Burbank, 7:30 p.m.; Oak Hills at Oaks Christian, 6 p.m.
Division 3A: Royal at La Quinta; Riverside Poly at Viewpoint; Anaheim at Grace Brethren;
Division 4AA: Highland at Whitney; Westlake at Barstow; Holy Martyrs at Orange Vista;
Division 4A: Notre Dame Sherman Oaks at Western Christian; Jurupa Hills at Campbell Hall; Quartz Hill at Paramount;
LA CITY SECTION
In the City Section’s Open Division girls basketball playoffs, El Camino Real defeated Legacy 64-49 and Granada Hills Charter topped Narbonne 45-29 in first-round action.
The semifinals will be played at LA Southwest College on Feb. 22. No. 2 El Camino Real versus No. 3 Hamilton at 3 p.m. and No. 1 Palisades versus No. 4 Granada Hills Charter will be played at 4:30 p.m.