MORE PLAYOFF INFO: GIRLS SOCCER / BOYS SOCCER / GIRLS BASKETBALLThe co-Foothill League champion Indians played the Crusaders on Jan. 3 in preleague and lost 71-62. Even though Hart has come a long way in terms of development since that game, Kelly knows any opponent in Division 1AA presents a challenge. “Basically, everybody is loaded in this division,” Kelly said. “It’s like, it doesn’t matter who you play. Whether you’re home or away, you’re going to play someone good. Even if they came in third, it’ll still be a really good team.” It’s the second year in a row that Village Christian will be facing a Foothill League team in the first round. Last year, that team was Valencia High, the current league co-champion (the Vikings won 70-61). The Vikings play Upland at home in the first round of the Division 2AA playoffs. Valencia (15-11) is coming off a four-game win streak, highlighted by the defeat of Hart Friday for a share of the Foothill title. “That’s good momentum to finish off the league season as well as we did with four straight wins,” said coach Chad Phillips. “And then getting a first round home game is the reward.” The Highlanders (16-11) have athletic players who can spread the ball around and shoot, according to Phillips. “(It’s) a tough matchup but … we’re constantly ready for the challenge,” he said. “Their focus and preparation has been their foundation for the past three weeks. They tasted success and they really want to continue.” Here’s the full list of Santa Clarita boys basketball playoff matchups. Games are on Wednesday at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Division 1AAVillage Christian at Hart
Division 1AWest Ranch at Harvard-Westlake
Division 2AAUpland at Valencia
Division 2AMark Keppel at Saugus
Division 5AAWild-card winner at Santa Clarita Christian (Friday)
Division 6Santa Clarita Valley International at Desert Christian of Lancaster