Prep Preview: Baseline League

Leilia Orji (14) and Etiwanda will look to defend their perfect 10-0 Baseline League title.

Leilia Orji (14) and Etiwanda will look to defend their perfect 10-0 Baseline League title.

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL 2016-’17
BASELINE LEAGUE PREVIEW

If there’s one thing Rancho Cucamonga’s Etiwanda High does really well in the realm of athletics it’s basketball. The Eagles are a power in both boy’s and girl’s hoops, with the latter producing a perfect 10-0 league title last season. The team will have so much height it will be unfair. The league’s battle will be for the remaining scraps as Upland and even Glendora St. Lucy’s step to the fore to claim a higher playoff seed. Chino Hills is something of a wild card after producing a deep playoff run last season. Rancho Cucamonga and Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos will struggle for wins.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA ETIWANDA (18-11 overall, 10-0 Baseline) last its first six games last season but came back to claim an unbeaten Baseline record and a spot in the CIF-State playoff tournament. The Eagles will be four-deep in the front court this season, but will need senior PG Maezelle Milan to stay healthy because there doesn’t seem to be anybody ready to step in in case of injury.
HEAD COACH: Anders Anderson

CHINO HILLS (21-8, 8-2) had a terrific season by all accounts in 2015-’16; a 20-win season and a CIF-SS Division 1-A semifinalist. But the Huskies were beat by 30-plus points twice by Etiwanda in two league meetings.
HEAD COACH: Stan Stewart

UPLAND (15-12, 6-4) was a playoff team last season but what will a coaching change mean to a group of returning underclassmen? Senior guard Alexis Sanchez is an all-CIF caliber talent.
HEAD COACH: Christine Butler

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (12-14. 4-6) lost six of its last eight games to fall out of contention a year ago, sneaking in the playoffs only to lose by 30-plus in the first round.
HEAD COACH: Joe Molnar

GLENDORA ST. LUCY’S (15-11, 2-8) was 12-1 to start last season, but has a new coach after going 1-4 over the second half of league and making the playoffs.
HEAD COACH: George Agnew

RANCHO CUCAMONGA LOS OSOS (6-19, 0-10) may have a few pieces but the Grizzlies are a long way away.
HEAD COACH: Tony Moore

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH:
Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda
Upland
Chino Hills
Rancho Cucamonga
Glendora St. Lucy’s
Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
G Essence Carrington, Jr. (Upland)
G/F Destiny Dent, Sr. (Rancho Cucamonga)
F Lauren Lobo, Sr. (Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda)
PG Maezelle Milan, Sr. (Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda)
PF/C Havelin Nyviyh, Sr. (Glendora St. Lucy’s)
G Alexis Sanchez, Sr. (Upland)
SG Ally Seebalac, Sr. (Chino Hills)
PG Danielle Tostado, Sr. (Glendora St. Lucy’s)
F/C Dorcas Wu, Soph. (Chino Hills)

PROMINENT GAMES:
Dec. 1 – Etiwanda at Roosevelt, 6 p.m.
Dec. 7 – Etiwanda at Fullerton Troy, 6 p.m.
Jan. 13 – Chino Hills at Etiwanda, 4:45 p.m.
Jan. 21 – Etiwanda vs. Lakeside, 6 p.m.
Feb. 3 – Chino Hills at Upland, 4:45 p.m.

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