We break down the road to a CIF championship for each of the three qualifying Crossroads playoff teams
The regular season is behind us, and this week CIF playoffs begin. Both basketball teams made playoffs, along with the Boys Soccer team, and Crossfire is here to preview it all.
The Boys Soccer team will travel to La Puente, 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, to take on the 13-2-3 Warriors, the 131st best team in California according to maxpreps.com. Crossroads has a record of 9-2-7, and ranks 196th in the state. If they beat La Puente, they’ll play the winner of Charter Oak and El Monte, and the winner of that game determines whether they will play home or away. If El Monte wins, they’ll play at home, but if Charter Oak wins, it will be a coin flip to determine the location of their Round of 16 game. The first team in their league that they could face would be Sierra Canyon in the semifinals. It will be a long road for the Boys Soccer team to make it to the finals, but with their goal scoring ability and reliable back line, it’s hard to count them out completely.
Girls Basketball will make the 40 minute drive out to Northridge to take on the seventh seed Heritage Christian. If they were to win that game, they would likely face Notre Dame Academy, the 10 seed. Like the boys soccer team, the first familiar face they would see is Campbell Hall, who they would face in the semi-finals. Despite the fact that only one senior cracks the starting lineup, these Roadrunners have plenty of postseason experience—every non-freshman on the roster has experienced CIF playoff basketball. And even starting freshman guard Madison Quan has shown a propensity for making big plays under pressure, as evidenced by her willingness to take and make a buzzer beater to win the game two weeks ago at Campbell Hall.
Making the longest trip of all, the sixth seeded Boys Basketball team will find themselves in Temecula Wednesday. After the two hour ride, the Boys team will be faced with the task of beating the Temecula Prep Patriots on their home floor. A formidable opponent, the Patriots hold a record of 16-10 this year, placing 2nd in the South Valley league. If they were to win, the Roadrunners would most likely play Saddleback Valley Christian, the four seed, in a game at Crossroads. If the team could win three straight to make it to the semifinals, they would most likely play Windward, a team that has already beaten them twice. Undeniably, the road is tough, but the Roadrunners have proven this year that they can beat some big opponents.
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