The CIF has released the 2020 girls basketball state championship brackets, and girls Division 1 will be packed with Southern California contenders with realistic chances of going all the way.
The pool of title threats is lopsided towards the SoCal bracket as far as how many teams have realistic chances, so it will be a dogfight to come out of that half of the bracket. But whoever makes it out will still have to deal with one of a few dominant adversaries from the Northern bracket easily capable of winning it all.
Let's break it all down, starting with NorCal.
Northern Region: Salesian leads solid field
The favorite in the title game will likely be whoever comes out of SoCal regardless of their season record coming in because most of the top SoCal contenders have gone up against more nationally elite competition. But NorCal's Division 1 will be very, very well-represented.
No. 1 Salesian College Prep will be the team from NorCal to beat coming in at 25-4 with wins over the likes of Chaminade, Miramonte, Pinewood, and Bishop O'Dowd. A couple of their losses came to teams who are great but not utterly dominant, but every team has off-nights.
No. 2 Bishop O'Dowd is another contender with a very solid shot. They lost to SCP by three points and got blown out by 39 against Mater Dei, but have some particularly impressive wins such as Rosary Academy, who's arguably the top contender from SoCal and split meetings with Mater Dei this year. Bishop O'Dowd also beat Miramonte and a dominant St. Mary's (Stockton) squad.
No. 3 Clovis North is a wildcard who has been very up and very down this season. For instance, in the span of just over a week, they went from beating Stockton St. Mary's to losing 75-28 to Archbishop Mitty (one of the best team's in the country, but still), to beating Bishop O'Dowd and Cardinal Newman. They've had some narrow wins over teams they should've wrecked and haven't done great against SoCal competition, but they could contend for a title if they can bring consistency.
Aforementioned No. 4 Miramonte and <