Most of the teams in the Cape-Atlantic League high school girls basketball tournament probably didn't have to scout their opponent in tonight's quarterfinals.
The teams should be very familiar with each other.
Three of the four games - Millville vs. Middle Township; Lower Cape May vs. Cedar Creek; and Wildwood Catholic vs. St. Joseph - are rematches. Wildwood Catholic and St. Joseph will play for the third time. The other quarterfinal will match Ocean City against Holy Spirit.
Tonight's winners will advance to the semifinals Wednesday at St. Augustine Prep in Buena Vista Township. The final is scheduled for noon Saturday at Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township. Holy Spirit is the defending champion.
Here is a preview of tonight's quarterfinal matchups.
Who: Eight-seeded Lower Cape May (14-9) vs. top-seeded Cedar Creek (19-3)
When/where: 5:30 p.m. at Cedar Creek i•Egg Harbor City
What's next: Winner advances to the semifinals against the winner of tonight's quarterfinal between fifth-seeded St. Joseph and fourth-seeded Wildwood Catholic
Lower Cape May update: This is the Caper Tigers' first appearance in the CAL tournament, which began in 2012. Lower finished tied for second in the National Division with Ocean City. Lower Cape May features one of South Jersey's top players in point guard Lauren Holden. The junior already has verbally committed to Fordham University. She averages 28.4 points per game.
Cedar Creek update: The Pirates won the United Division and are 7-0 at home this season. They have won 11 straight. Cedar Creek relies on the inside scoring of Casey Thomas and the outside shooting of Mikila Stefanski, who has more than 1,000 career points. This is Cedar Creek's third-straight CAL tournament appearance. The Pirates have yet to make the final. Cedar Creek beat Lower Cape May 57-49 on Jan. 18.
Who: Fifth-seeded St. Joseph (16-6) vs. fourth-seeded Wildwood Catholic (18-5)
When/where: 6 p.m. today at Wildwood Catholic in North Wildwood
Radio: 106.3 FM
What's next: Winner advances to the semifinals against the winner of tonight's quarterfinal between eight-seeded Lower Cape May and top-seeded Cedar Creek.
St. Joseph update: The Wildcats started 3-4 but are 13-2 in their last 15 games. Junior forward Dana DiRenzo averages a double-double -- 15 ppg and 13.5 rpg. St. Joe is senior dominated. Point guard Gabby Dudo is a four-year starter. The Wildcats lost in the quarterfinals of last year's tournament to Cedar Creek.
Wildwood Catholic update: The Crusaders split two meetings with St. Joe this season, winning 39-38 at home on Jan. 7 and losing 48-43 on the road on Feb. 7. Wildwood Catholic features center Kennedy Johnson, who is headed to Michigan State. The 6-2 Johnson averages 19.2 points and 13.7 rebounds. Freshman Danielle Sanderlin (10.1 ppg) and junior Olivia Rulon (9.8 ppg) also have played key roles for Wildwood Catholic. This is the Crusaders' first CAL tournament berth.
Who: Sixth-seeded Ocean City (16-5) at third-seeded Holy Spirit (19-4)
When/where: 5:30 p.m. today at Holy Spirit in Absecon
Radio: 98.7 FM
What's next: Winner advances to the semifinals against the winner of tonight's quarterfinal between seventh-seeded Millville and second-seeded Middle Township.
Ocean City update: The Red Raiders are young. Freshmen and sophomores dominate the lineup. Sophomore Nicole Piergross leads the team in scoring with an 8.1 average. Freshman point guard Grace Sacco averages 7.9 points and 3.7 assists. This is Ocean City's third straight CAL tournament appearance. The Red Raiders reached the 2012 final, losing to Sacred Heart.
Holy Spirit update: The Spartans are the defending CAL champion. They won the American Division this season. Holy Spirit has won six straight game. Senior swing player Summer Crilley leads the Spartans. She averages 15.5 points and has reached double figures in points and rebounds in the same game 12 times this season. But Crilley was involved in a collision in Thursday night's game against Hammonton. Spirit coach Dennis Smith said she would be a game-time decision tonight.
Who: Seventh-seeded Millville (14-6) vs. second-seeded Middle Township (18-5)
When/where: 7 p.m. today at Middle Township in Cape May Court House
Radio: 98.7 FM
What's next: Winner advances to the semifinals against the winner of tonight's quarterfinal between sixth-seeded Ocean City and third-seeded Holy Spirit.
Millville update: Millville lost to Middle Township 52-44 during the opening week of the season. The Thunderbolts have won nine of their last 11 games. Millville features one of the league's best backcourts in point guard Lexi Bruno (15.2 ppg) and Amanda Smith (13.8 ppg).
Middle Township update: The Panthers have won eight straight games. They are the National Division champion. Middle's only CAL loss was at Cedar Creek in January. The Panthers overcame adversity this season. Senior standout Lauren Legler missed most of the season with a fractured ankle. Middle senior point guard Lauryn Fields averages 18.7 points and has scored nearly 1,600 career points.
Contact Michael McGarry: