The Nevada Union girls basketball team impressed all season, winning 22 of its 26 games, going 10-0 in the Sierra Foothill League and closing the season on a 15-game winning streak.
Yet, when the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls playoff brackets were released Wednesday, they drew a No. 4 seed. At first glance it seems that the Lady Miners got bad draw, but upon further review, the three teams seeded lower are three of the four teams that beat Nevada Union this season.
Top seeded St. Mary’s (21-5) topped NU, 88-50, Dec. 6, and is ranked No. 7 in the state in Division I by MaxPreps.com. No. 2 seed Oak Ridge (23-4) beat NU, 57-44, Dec. 14, but the Lady Miners got some revenge, beating Oak Ridge, 60-50, Jan. 18. The No. 3 seed Napa (24-1) barely beat NU, 60-59, Dec. 21 in the championship game of the Wine Country Tournament.
The Lady Miners will open the playoffs at home Tuesday against the winner of Friday’s first round matchup between No. 13 seed Sheldon (14-13) and No. 20 seed Bella Vista (12-15).
Nevada Union has lost in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons.
Lady Bruins grab No. 1 seed in D-IV
The Bear River girls team ripped through the competition this season, winning 22 of its 25 games and earning the Pioneer Valley league title. For their efforts they were granted the No. 1 seed in the Division IV bracket.
Bear River is the only team in D-IV to get a bye and will get started Feb. 27 against the winner of Tuesday’s first round matchup between No. 8 seed San Juan (17-9) and No. 9 seed Calaveras (16-11).
The Lady Bruins made it to the section championship last season but fell to Bradshaw Christian, 50-40.
Lady Falcons earn first round home game
The Forest Lake Christian girls team finished the season winning five of its last six games to earn second place in the Central Valley California League, propelling them to a No. 8 seed in the Division V playoff bracket.
The Lady Falcons (18-7) will host Rio Vista (11-10) Tuesday at Forest Lake Christian.
The Lady Falcons lost in the first round last season.
Falcons are lone boys team from Nevada County
The Forest Lake Christian boys buzzed through the regular season notching a 23-3 overall record and winning the CVCL title for the first time since 2008.
For their efforts, the Falcons were awarded a first round home game as the No. 4 seed in the boys D-V bracket.
Forest Lake Christian will face the No. 13 seed Golden Sierra (14-12) Wednesday.
The Falcons were bounced in the first round last season.
For all Sac-Joaquin Section playoff brackets visit http://www.cifsjs.org.
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