Playoff picture is in focus for state and CAL

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With the cutoff date of February 2 in the background, the state playoff picture for Cape-Atlantic League teams looks to be settled on the girl’s side of things. Ocean City garnered the Number One seed in Group 3 and will have home games throughout the playoffs. Other teams that look to have early home court advantage are Middle Township at #2 in Group 2, Holy Spirit #4 in Non-Public A and Sacred Heart in Non-Public B with a number three rank. The official pairings will be announced on Friday.

  The regular season ends next week and the Cape Atlantic League quarterfinals are scheduled to begin on Friday February 15. The CAL semi-finals will be held at St. Augustine Prep during the week of the 18th, with the Championship finals scheduled for Saturday February 23 at Richard Stockton College. Last season, the first ever CAL Tournament drew over 1,000 fans at the Athletic Center and this year should be no different.

The Seedings are as follows –

Group 2 – Middle #2, Cedar Creek (the defending Group 1 Champ) at #5, Lower Cape May #7 and Buena #12.

Group 3 – Ocean City #1. The Lady Red Raiders look to have an easy road with only four other teams having a better than .500 record in the group.

Group 4 – Millville #10, Mainland #11, Atlantic City #13 and EHT #15. EHT may have to play a qualifier since they have a record under .500.

Non-Public A – Holy Spirit #4. Interesting to note that St. John Vianney at 10-6 earned the #5 seed and could be dangerous. Spirit looks to face Bishop Eustace in the first round.

Non-Public B – Sacred Heart #3, St. Joseph #5, OLMA #10. Remember, St. Joe upset sacred Heart in Vineland last week so this could be a very interesting future match up.

FOUL SHOTS: Holy Spirit and Ocean City have both clinched spots in the upcoming CAL playoffs with the rest of the field likely to be determined after this week.

STREAKING: Millville, with 11 straight victories, Cedar Creek on a 10-game roll and OLMA, with a five-game win streak, are all playing their best basketball of the season. One anomaly is the Lady Lions of Sacred Heart, who have three straight losses, two at home.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAST WEEK: Congratulations to Alex Raring of Mainland who scored her 1,000th point for the Lady Stangs last week. She has been a stalwart for the team for four seasons and looks to lead them into the playoffs under first year coach Scott Betson. 

Holy Spirit defeated Collingswood 45-33 last Friday in the South Jersey Invitational Basketball Tournament that helped boost them from a nine seed to the #4 spot. Collingswood will be the fifth seed in Group 2, which looks to be Willingboro’s to lose.

It was also Senior Night for the Lady Spartans against the Lady Panthers, and no one stood out more than 6 foot senior Gina Lewis. She had a monster game with 17 points, 17 rebounds and five blocked shots. For good measure, she also did an outstanding job of singing the National Anthem before the game.

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