State playoffs provide tough test for Cape-Atlantic girls teams

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Now that the exciting Cape-Atlantic league Playoffs are over, with Holy Spirit beating Sacred Heart with two seconds left, it is time to re-focus on the NJSIAA playoffs beginning this week.

Let us look at what may prove to be a daunting task for the CAL girls teams.

GROUP 2: Middle Township #2 will face #15 Manchester Township and should move into the second round. They will take on the winner of #7 Woodstown and #10 Haddonfield. Both of those games should be home affairs for the Lady Panthers.

Cedar Creek #5 vs. #12 Pemberton. The Lady Pirates are stacked, loaded and should have a chip on their shoulder after having Spirit down 10 and coming up short in the CAL semis. They should move on to face the winner of #4 Sterling vs. #13 Barnegat.

#8 Lower Cape May vs. #9 Deptford is a toss-up. Lauren Holden will get her points but she is going to need help.

#11 Buena vs. #6 Collingswood. Buena could pull the upset here.

#14 Bridgeton at #3 Cinnaminson. Tough road game for the Lady Bulldogs.

GROUP 3: #1 Ocean City has the easiest road to the Sectional Finals as they face #16 Hammonton, then move on to face the winner of #8 Winslow Township vs. #9 Moorestown. The Lady Red Raiders get at least two games at home but they must shoot better than they did in the CAL Semis against Sacred Heart, where they shot 15-57 (26.3%) and 1-from-10 from behind the arc. Do not look for that to happen again.

GROUP 4: #10 Millville at #7 Toms River South. It would not be a stretch to think that Millville could pull the upset here. The bad news is that if that happens, they would probably face #2 Washington Township.

#11 Mainland at #6 Eastern. Eastern is one of South Jersey’s better teams and Mainland will go as far as Alex Raring takes them. If they get to the next round, #3 Shawnee probably awaits.

#12 Atlantic City at #5 Clearview. The Lady Vikings have been sporadic and will need to play at their best.

NON-PUBLIC A: #4 Holy Spirit vs. #13 Pingry. The Lady Spartans are playing as well as anyone right now and they have won nine of their last 10 including the CAL Championship last Saturday. Gina Lewis’ game winner capped a comeback from eight points down to Sacred Heart and proved they can beat anyone. Then, the road tightens up as #5 seeded St. John Vianney will probably travel to Absecon in the next round. Should the Lady Spartans move on, a date with #1 Red Bank Catholic looms ahead.

NON-PUBLIC B: #3 Sacred Heart vs. #14 Mater Dei. The Lady Lions should move on after their home game and may play another CAL foe in OLMA.

#11 Our Lady of Mercy vs. #6 Timothy Christian. The Villagers could spring an upset.

#5 St. Joes vs. #12 Holy Family. The Lady Wildcats may move on but Trenton Catholic #4 awaits.

#15 Wildwood Catholic vs. #2 Gill St. Bernards. Gill St. Bernards is arguably one of the top teams in the state. Wildwood Catholic has its work cut out.

STAT LINE OF THE WEEK: Dana DiRenzo of St. Joe had a monster game against OLMA last week. 20 points, 16 rebounds and 10 steals for the triple-double in a 62-34 win for the Cats.

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