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First and goal: Who’s No. 2?

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Bush Mike

If members of the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team had their say in the seeding of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, they would, without question, pick to be No. 1.

But the Lady Trojans could wind up being the second seed. That could be the case for the Oak Ridge.

The section is scheduled to release its playoff brackets today at 5 p.m., according to Assistant Commissioner John Williams.

Last night, Oak Ridge (9-0, 22-4) closed out Delta River League and regular season action at intra county rival Ponderosa. Conventional thinking, after Troy’s earlier 44-point victory in the team’s first meeting, has Oak Ridge winning to meet its goal of a second consecutive undefeated league season.

On to the postseason.

There’s no question Trojan head coach Steve White, his assistant coaches and their players would love to grab the No. 1 seed in D-I. Oak Ridge recorded big wins in its own two tournaments, plus victories against teams from California and Nevada in the Central Valley Showdown at Clovis West and the Southern California Holiday Classic in San Diego, and beating Del Oro a few weeks ago.

And then there’s St. Mary’s. The Rams, members of the Tri-City Athletic League consisting of Stockton, Lodi and Tracy schools, are 9-1 in league and 21-5 overall.

According to Max Preps, the Lady Trojans are ranked 12th in California, and 34th in the nation. The Lady Rams are ranked 18th in California and 46th in the nation.

One slight edge St. Mary’s has over Oak Ridge is that the Rams have beaten teams in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona and the West Coast Jamboree in the Bay Area.

Other teams of worry are Nevada Union, McClatchy, River City and Napa.

In the end, Oak Ridge is hoping to be No. 1 and play its way to a section D-I title. The final four teams in each division receive an automatic Nor Cal playoff berth.

The Lady Trojans have bigger aspirations. One includes winning Nor Cals, the other ends with a new commemorative logo on the gym floor.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter.

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo

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