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Notebook: Etiwanda girls basketball seeded fifth in CIF-SS open division

By in Press Enterprise on February 10, 2018

By Michelle Gardner

A banged up girls basketball team from Etiwanda starts its quest for a CIF Southern Section championship in one week against a familiar foe.

The Open Division pairings were announced Friday and fifth-seeded Etiwanda (22-4) has drawn a road game at No. 4 seed Sierra Canyon (21-5).

The Eagles played their usual tough nonleague schedule with four games against teams that made the eight-team Open Division. One of those was a 62-58 loss to Sierra Canyon.

Etiwanda went 1-3 in those four games but most were close and could have gone either way. The Eagles played Serra twice, losing the first game 78-74 in overtime but winning the rematch 64-62.

The other contest was a 68-58 loss to Windward.

“The draw really isn’t anything I didn’t expect,” Etiwanda coach Stan DeLus said. “They have some girls that didn’t play in that game and we did too but it’s a team we have seen.”

The Eagles take a 13-game win streak into the postseason despite being slowed by some injuries. Junior point guard Evanne Turner (ankle), senior center Daniela Popa (knee) and senior shooting guard De’Ja Hamilton (hand) have all missed games in the past two weeks.

Turner, a first-team All-Inland Valley selection last year as a sophomore, is in a walking boot but DeLus thinks all should be available to play in a week.

Sierra Canyon, the second-place finisher in the Gold Coast League, has won its last seven games.

DeLus says his team is ready for the big road game.

“We have only played seven home games so we’re used to playing good teams on the road. We’ll be ready to go.”

The rest of the CIF Southern Section playoff pairings will be released on Sunday, with the playoffs starting next week.

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