Mater Dei High of Santa Ana, a two-time state defending Division I champion, is one of four state preseason ranked girls basketball teams in the Central Valley Showdown that starts today at Clovis West.
Cal-Hi Sports' ranked teams in the 16-school field -- the strongest gathered in Central Valley history -- are No. 3 Mater Dei (34-3 last season), No. 14 Lynwood (26-5), No. 15 Hanford (25-5) and No. 21 Ridgeview (24-8).
Hanford (D-I), Ridgeview (D-III) and Memorial (D-IV) are 2012 Central Section champions entered in the event that runs through Saturday at two Clovis West gyms.
College-bound players in the tourney feature Hanford's Bayli McClard (Gonzaga), Ridgeview's Erica McCall (Stanford), Mater Dei's Karlie Lou (Stanford), Clovis West's Briana Watts (Colorado) and Lincoln-Sacramento's Ashlyn Crenshaw (Sacramento State).
The 6-foot-2 McClard, the 2012 Bee Player of the Year for a Bullpups team that captured a fifth straight section title, and the 6-3 McCall meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Clovis West's main gym, should their teams win today.