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Girls Division III-AA Bracket:
First Round Pairings--(Feb 13, 2000)

Division III-AA is a 32 team bracket, this time with five "byes" in the first round.  Again, no wild cards, and only four at large entries in the bracket (San Dimas, Chaminade, Rosary,  and Western).  So much for the "10-wins-and-you're in" flood of teams. . .

As with the other brackets, the top four teams (using the SCIBCA Polls) were the "seeded" teams, and they are at the extreme ends of both halves of the brackets.  The rest of the teams were placed such that first place league finishers (who also mostly happened to be ranked teams) got first round byes, where available.   Thereafter, the teams were placed using league finishes, geographical considerations were applied and so on.  While we can't say that the bracketing is perfect, the committee(which this year consisted of five CIF commissioners--(Ray Plutko, a former CIF Southern Section Commissioner, Dean Crowley, also a former CIF-SS Commissioner, Jim Staunton, current CIF-SS Commissioner, Hal Harkness, the former LA CIF Section Commissioner, and Paul Castillo, the new Assistant Commissioner of Basketball for the Southern Section) did a pretty fair and equitable job in our view.  But if you have complaints, talk to them.

All first round games in this division are on February 17, with the exception of the Costa Mesa @ Diamond Ranch game, which will instead be played on Tuesday February 15, and likewise, the winner of that game will play a second round contest against Azusa (which gets a first round bye) on Thursday, February 17. . . most likely this was due to conflicts with the boys' schedules, but the CIF-SS didn't explain it.  For all others, the Second Round will be February 19, and successive rounds as shown.

First round games
February 17
  Second Round
Feb. 19
Feb. 23
Feb. 26
Alternate Site
Mar. 3 or 4
The Pyramid
Upper Half of Bracket        
Alemany @ Bye Alemany      
Nordhoff @ Gladstone
South Pasadena @ Estancia Ganesha
Ganesha @ Bye
Santa Ynez @ Morningside    
San Dimas @ San Marino
Chaminade @ Santa Paula  
Rosary @ Immaculate Heart
Lower Half of Bracket      
Western @ Harvard-Westlake      
Granite Hills @ South El Monte
Banning @ La Canada Corona Del Mar
Corona Del Mar @ Bye
Costa Mesa @ Diamond Ranch
Tues Feb. 15
Thur. Feb. 17
Azusa @ Bye
Notre Dame /SO @ Gabrielino Bishop Montgomery
Bishop Montgomery @ Bye

Essentially, through the first rounds, teams receiving a bye in the first round shall be the host team in the next round. All games with the excepiton fo the final round will start at 7:30 p.m. unless another time is mutually agreed upon and clearance is received from the CIF-SS Office.  Public coin flips will be held in the lobby of the CIF-SS Office at 9:00 a.m. ithe day following each playoff game [these coin flips will determine subsquent sites after the first round, i.e., which school will be the host].  Coin flips will be available after 9:30 a.m. and we'll try to keep everyone posted with them here. 

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