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Providence girls' basketball grabs No. 2 seed

Burroughs Indians, Burbank Bulldogs and Bell-Jeff Guards also along for postseason ride.

February 10, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

Providence High’s girls’ basketball team has had high expectations all season and has now put itself in prime position to claim its ultimate goal.

“It’s almost exactly like the last poll [of the regular season],” said Pioneers Coach Andrew Bencze of how the CIF Southern Section Division 5-AA playoff brackets played out when they were released on Sunday. “[It is] probably one of our best opportunities to get to the CIF championship and win a CIF championship.”

Providence will begin its hopeful ascent to the championship on Thursday when it hosts Downey Calvary Chapel, while Burroughs hosts Fountain Valley, Burbank welcomes El Toro and Bellarmine-Jefferson travels to face St. Bernard.

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In the Division 1-A first round, Burroughs, which shared the Pacific League title, garnered the No. 8 seed and will host Fountain Valley (11-15), a Sunset League at-large entrant, on Saturday night.

“Fountain Valley is an Orange County team, Orange County teams tend to be pretty good,” said Burroughs Coach Vicky Oganyan, whose Indians (23-4) will look to advance to Wednesday’s second round against Westminster or Lakewood. “They come from a tough league.”

Burroughs is coming off a league-finale loss to Burbank, but Oganyan believes with some days off to rest, the Indians will be raring to go.

“Even though we lost on Thursday, I think my team will be ready to play,” she said.

Elsewhere in Division 1-A, Burbank (15-12) will host South Coast League No. 3 El Toro (11-15). After finishing third in the Pacific League, the Bulldogs, a season after a semifinal run, hope to advance to Wednesday’s second round to face Godinez or second-seeded Canyon Springs.

Burbank has enjoyed recent success in the postseason. Last season, the team advanced to the division semifinals for the first time in school history and also advanced to the state tournament, which was also a first.


“The girls’ know with what happened last year, anything’s possible,” Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden said. “We didn’t get as good of a draw as we did last year, but we are ready to go."


Breeden said having a week to practice and heal is a benefit for the Bulldogs.

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