L.A. Baptist earned a first-round bye in the Div. V-A bracket and will host either Mesrobian of Pico Rivera or San Gabriel Academy in the second round at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Knights (17-6) are led by Andreanna Marshall, who averaged an area-best 26.3 points per game. Five Marmonte League teams were selected to the Div. I-AA bracket, but none are expected to seriously contend for a title in the Southern Section’s toughest division. No. 10-seed Moorpark (23-3), No. 11 Newbury Park (19-7) and No. 13 Royal of Simi Valley (21-5) will be favored in Saturday’s first-round games. Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge (Div. IV-A) and Village Christian of Sun Valley (Div.V-AA) received No. 2 seeds and figure to contend for division titles. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Britney Fitchpatrick and Amanda Adjari add an experienced backcourt for Hart, the Daily News’ top-ranked team, which will host either Poly of Riverside or Glendale in the first round at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Indians will be heavily favored until the quarterfinals Feb.24, when they could potentially face No. 5-seed Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach (20-6). Mira Costa beat Hart 46-45 on Dec. 27. The Southern Section girls’ basketball playoff pairings created little surprise Sunday, as Hart of Newhall and L.A. Baptist were the local schools to earn top seeds, and several others earned favorable spots. Hart earned the distinction in Div.I-A after winning its sixth consecutive Foothill League title earlier this season. The Indians (24-2) are the defending Div. I-A champion, and they have one of the most dominant front lines in the state with Tatianna Thomas, Megan Ford and KaLana Inemer.
Steve Smith and David Warner have nothing to prove but the duo will need to have “thick skin” to counter sledding and hostile crowd in the World Cup said former Australia pacer Brett Lee.Smith and Warner, who are returning after serving suspensions for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering episode in South Africa in 2018, have already witnessed hostile crowd during Australia’s two World Cup warm-up games.”I don’t think they have got a point to prove, they will just be happy to be back playing for Australia,” Lee said.”We saw what happened with David Warner during the IPL, the leading run scorer and the Orange Cap holder, Steven Smith got a big hundred in his first game. They have been welcomed back to the Australian cricket team with open arms and I reckon they have a shot at winning.”(But) you have got the Barmy Army, you have got guys like Kevin Pietersen chirping at me already. They are going to cop some sledding but you need thick skin,” he added.Lee said Australia is peaking just at the right time and Aaron Finch’s men have it in them to win the title for the sixth time.”We need a couple of good games back-to-back, it will be phenomenal if Australia can win the sixth title, I know what it means to win a World Cup and it is the best feeling in the world,” Lee said at the official tournament opening ceremony here on Wednesday.”I think they can (win it), I am quietly confident with the Aussies, they have got a great team, a great squad, they tick every box, they bowl pretty well at the death and they field pretty well. I would never back against the Aussies, put it that way.advertisement”It’s also about peaking at the right time when you go into a World Cup. I think Australia is doing that, although we haven’t played a lot of great cricket back-to-back in the last 12 months.”Australia will open their campaign against Afghanistan at Bristol on June 1.Also Read | Pakistan to host T20 Asia cup 2020 in neutral venueAlso Read | West Indies are neither favourites nor underdogs: Brathwaite ahead of World CupAlso See