Piedmont basketball teams make state tournament

Piedmont High School’s boys and girls basketball teams will both open on the road in the first round of the California Interscholastic Federation tournament.

The girls made the Division 1 bracket as the ninth seed and will open at No. 8 Whitney-Rocklin on Feb. 27. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The boys made the Division 3 bracket as the No. 14 seed and will open at No. 3 Valley Christian-San Jose, also on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

Valley Christian finished seventh in the West Catholic Athletic League with a 2-12 record (13-14 overall). But the Warriors then won the Central Coast Section Division 2 playoffs, beating Christopher-Gilroy in the final, 48-35. The WCAL is the toughest boys basketball league in the Bay Area with five teams making the CCS Open Division and two others winning lower-division championships including Valley Christian.

Piedmont boys coach Ben Spencer didn’t sound pleased to have to go on the road against a 13-14 team, but he said, “at this point, you’ve got to beat who you’ve got to beat.”

Spencer said forward Diego Martinez stands out on video. Tzahari Trevino is a strong guard.

The big issue for the Highlanders (20-10) will be depth. They played six in a 65-55 loss to University-San Francisco in the North Coast Section Division 3 final on Feb. 23. University pressed the entire game and wore Piedmont down at the end.

Whitney’s girls (22-9) defeated Vanden last week for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 championship, 64-53. That’s the only common opponent with Piedmont, which beat Vanden in December, 71-68. The Highlanders (20-7) lost two games in the NCS Open Division, to area powers Carondelet and Acalanes.

The winner of the Whitney-Piedmont game will likely face top seed Pinewood-Los Altos Hills in the second round on Feb. 29.

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