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Kelly Doran and her Pinewood School teammates were expected to make this week’s Central Coast Section Division V playoffs.
The Central Coast Section basketball playoff brackets were scheduled to be announced Sunday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline, and all the local high school boys and girls teams were eligible to be included.
Squads need only a .500 record in or outside of league to qualify for the playoffs, set to tip off this week.
That doesn’t mean all of them got in, however. Each of the five boys and girls divisions (which separate teams by school population) is capped at 16 participants.
The Pinewood School boys (21-2 overall) were guaranteed a spot in Division V after winning the West Bay Athletic League championship.
The Mountain View High boys (18-5), who on Friday were on the verge of clinching at least a share of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title, were a lock for a Division II berth.
The defending state champion Pinewood girls (16-10) should have had little trouble making the Division V playoffs. The St. Francis High boys (13-12) and girls (17-8) were expected to make their respective Division II brackets.
But the three other local teams were not locks to make the postseason.
Although the Mountain View girls finished in the bottom half of the SCVAL De Anza Division, coach Judy Auclair was hopeful her team (10-12 overall) was going to be part of the Division II field.
“Yes, due to preseason record,” she said, “and we might get a decent seed due to strength of league.”
Los Altos girls coach Kevin Lee was cautiously optimistic about his team’s chances of making Division II. The Eagles entered Friday’s regular-season finale with a 12-11 overall mark and sitting in third place in the SCVAL El Camino Division.
“I believe we qualify for CCS based on our record,” he said, “but final decisions are made Sunday.”
The Los Altos boys may be in the most precarious position. After a strong start to the season, the Eagles have faded in league play. Losing 45-29 to Santa Clara Feb. 15 dropped them to 3-8 in the El Camino Division and 10-13 overall.
Coach James Reilly said Friday, “I do not think we will go (to CCS).”