IMPERIAL VALLEYÂ â€”Â This 2017 high school Varsity Basketball CIF Southern Section Tournament was inundated with ImperialÂ Valley talent as eight local high schools advanced to the playoffs. Here’s how the teams fared.Â Â Â Â
Imperial Lady Tigers â€”Â With 27 wins and only two losses in the regular season, the girls finished (6-0) in first place atop the Desert League standings.Â Imperial headed into the Division IÂ CIF tournament as the fourth seed and bounced thirteenth-seeded Bona Vista 73-51 in the first round.Â A 42-31 loss to (5) San Marcos in the quarter final ended the run for the Lady Tigers.
Calexico Lady Bulldogs â€”Â The Imperial Valley League Champions went undefeated in conference play and finished off with a 23-4 over-all record.Â Third seeded Calexico matched up with (14) Montgomery in the first round and won a close one 58-53 but fell to (6) Del Norte 45-36 in the quarter finals.Â
Calipatria HornetsÂ â€”Â An overall record of (12-13) found this yearâ€™s squad entering the Division VÂ CIF tournament ranked (4) with a first round bye.Â The Hornets beat (5) Oâ€™Farrell 54-40 in the quarter final. A close semifinal gameÂ resulted in a narrow 38-32 lossÂ to eventual champions (1) Maranatha Christian.
Brawley Lady Wildcats â€”Â Â A fifteenth seed in the Division IIÂ CIF tournament, BrawleyÂ experienced an early exit as they took on (2) Scripps Ranch in a 62-20 losing effort.
Holtville Lady Vikings â€”Â The thirteenth ranked Division IIIÂ CIF Southern Section representatives lost to Francis Parker, seeded at four, Â 59-31 in first round.
Palo Verde Yellow Jackets â€”Â Matching up with (8) Sage Creek, (9) Palo Verde was ousted 37-47 in the first round of the Division IVÂ CIF playoff.
Central SpartansÂ â€” A 13-15 regular season record was just enough to earn Central an invitation to the Division IIIÂ CIF playoffs as a twelfth seed, butÂ Otay Ranch (5)Â took out Central 68-45 in the first round.
Holtville Vikings â€”Â At 10-16, the Vikings came into the Division VÂ CIF tournament seeded eleventh.Â A 75-31 upset in the first round against (6) Bayfront advanced Holtville to the second round where the back-to- back spoiler campaign was nearly manifested, but a feisty (3) High Teck San Diego team clipped the Vikings 60-56.
Calexico Bulldogs â€”Â The ‘Dogs took second place in IVL and enjoyed a 66-52 CIF Division IVÂ first round win as (6) seed over (11) El Capitan.Â Hilltop put the lid on Calexicoâ€™s season in the quarter final as they beat the Bulldogs 58-52. Â Â Â
Palo Verde Yellow Jackets â€”Â A (5) positioning in the first roundÂ of the CIF Division IVÂ tournament led to a 55-43 victory over (12) Oâ€™Farrell. Â The Yellow Jacket tourney journey was short-lived as they lost to Southwest 67-45 in the quarter final. Â
Southwest Eagles â€”Â With a 19-13 regular season record the CIF Division IV, (4) seeded Eagles hosted a first round playoff game where they smashed Calipatria 60-42, rolled Palo Verde 67-45, and lost a one possession 61-58 barn burner at Brawley in the semifinal.
Brawley Wildcats â€”Â This group of young men finished off the regular season with a 26-7 overall record, a first place undefeated (6-0) mark in Imperial Valley League play, a (1) seed in the CIF Division IVÂ playoff, and a once in a lifetime playoff odyssey that resulted inÂ three post season victories and a championship appearance where they surpassed Olympian 69-53 for the 2017 CIF San Diego Southern Section Division 4 championship crown.