Senior Mary-Clare Bosco lines up a free throw shot in the last regular season game against Faith Christian, Feb. 8. (Photo by Darby Bosco)

Girls’ basketball faces Lodi Academy in historic playoff game

Tonight at 7 p.m. the girls’ basketball team will host  fifth-seeded Lodi Academy in a first-round playoff game.

Lodi Christian enters the playoffs with a record of 17-6, while the  fourth-seeded Cavs are 14-6.

The Cavs will have to stop Lodi’s leading scorer, Brooke Allen, who is averaging 16.6 points per game.

But the Cavaliers also have a high-scoring player: senior Mary-Clare Bosco, who averages 18.6 points per game.

The Cavs went to the playoffs for the first time in 1994, and continued with seven consecutive  playoff runs, but have never hosted a playoff game.

“Home court advantage could definitely be a deciding factor,” Bosco said.

After the end of this season, Bosco will head to Pomona College to play for the Sagehens.

“Every game I play could be my last, so I am going to do everything I can to win,” Bosco said.

In their last regular season game, the Cavaliers beat the Faith Christian  Lions, 49-43.

The Faith game ensured that the Cavaliers would enter the playoffs  on a three-game winning streak.

Freshman Julia Owaidat scored 17 points, and Bosco pulled down 14 rebounds.

“I was taking a lot of wide open threes with confidence,” Owaidat said.

If the girls win against Lodi Academy, they will play the winner of  the game between first-seeded Victory Christian and eighth-seeded Sacramento Adventist.

The Cavs have beaten Sacramento Adventist twice but have not played Victory Christian.

Victory Vikings have been dominant in recent years, reaching the playoff finals for the past three years, and winning the championship last year.

When asked about what he would do against the defending champs,  coach Matt Vargo said, “I’m not looking that far ahead.”

“We need to focus on beating Lodi. Then we can look to what we would do against Victory.”

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