It was a wildly successful and historic 2011-12 girls' basketball season for the four city teams.
Not only did Burroughs High, Burbank, Providence and Bellarmine-Jefferson all qualify for the CIF Southern Section playoffs, but the Pioneers and Guards also captured league championships. In addition, Providence, Bell-Jeff and Burbank all advanced to the playoff semifinals in their respective divisions.
With their share of returning players, the Bulldogs, Pioneers and Indians are looking to add to that success from last season. For Bell-Jeff, it is getting acclimated to a new coach and the team doesn't have much in the way of returners.
Here is a closer look at how the teams are shaping up.
Under coach Andrew Bencze, the Pioneers (27-6, 10-0 in league) rolled to an undisputed Liberty League championship, the third in a row for the program.
In the postseason, the No. 3 Pioneers went on to the Division V-AA semifinals for the first time in program history, losing to No. 1 Villanova Prep, 48-35. Providence received an invitation to state play and defeated Rock Academy, 68-35, and Orangewood Academy, 44-34, to advance to the regional semifinals. In the game, Providence saw its season come to an end with a 64-28 loss to Mission Prep.