Despite moving up from Division III, Modesto Christian was given the No. 1 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section D-II girls basketball playoffs after a 23-4 season that included a perfect 14-0 run through the Modesto Metro Conference.
The Crusaders, who won the state’s Division III championship last season, will be joined by three other Stanislaus District teams in the D-II playoffs. Seventh-seeded Golden Valley, unbeaten champs of the Central California Conference, will host No. 10 Elk Grove; No. 14 Buhach Colony will travel to Tracy to take on third-seeded Kimball; and No. 15 Beyer, the third-place team in the MMC, will make the two-hour trip north to take on No. 2 Antelope.
Modesto Christian is one of seven Stanislaus District girls teams to get a home game. Patterson in D-III, Sonora in D-IV, Ripon Christian, Argonaut and Gustine in D-V and Turlock Christian in D-VI will also entertain home fans.
Only two local teams qualified for the D-I playoffs: No. 16 Merced hosts No. 17 Edison (Stockton) in a play-in game Friday, with the winner getting the privilege of playing national powerhouse St. Mary’s (Stockton). Fourteen-seed Enochs, the runner-up in the MMC, travels to Sacramento on Tuesday to play No. 3 McClatchy.
Three Stanislaus District teams will keep playing in the D-III bracket, with No. 4 Patterson hosting No. 13 Lincoln, No. 11 East Union visiting Placer, and No. 15 Central Valley traveling to face No. 2 Inderkum.
Seven Stanislaus District teams were included in the D-IV bracket – No. 7 Sonora, No. 9 Livingston, No. 10 Riverbank, No. 12 Hughson, No. 14 Ripon, No. 15 Orestimba, No. 16 Linden.
In the D-V bracket, Argonaut was seeded second and will face the winner of Friday’s Delta-Forest Lake Christian matchup. Ripon Christian, which beat Argoanut 36-25 on Dec. 30 in Ripon, is the No. 4 seed and will take on the winner of No. 12 Mariposa vs. No. 5 Millennium. Gustine, champions of the Southern League, gets the No. 6 seed and will host Western Sierra in Friday play-in game, with No. 3 Capital Christian awaiting the winner. Woodland Christian, riding a 19-game winning streak, is the top seed.
In Division VI, Turlock Christian gets the No. 2 seed – Valley Christian (Sacramento) is No. 1 – and will get a first-round bye and will play the winner of Friday’s Freedom Christian-Wilton Christian game in Wilton. The Eagles, seeded third in last year’s playoffs, advanced all the way to D-VI final in 2014 where they lost 54-47 to top-seeded Valley Christian.