Level playing field

It's a brand new world for Sonoma County League girls basketball.

Gone is powerhouse Casa Grande, which was undefeated in league last season. Fellow large school Windsor has also moved on. Both schools were re-aligned starting this season into the North Bay League. Coming into the SCL are two programs that are works in progress — Piner and Elsie Allen. The team swapping leaves an SCL that isn't as strong at the top but has more parity throughout.

The SCL is wide open this year, which makes for some interesting matchups and sets up a likely scramble for league champ in the closing weeks of the season. The general consensus among SCL coaches is that Petaluma and Sonoma Valley are the cream of the crop, with Analy and Healdsburg also in the mix. Piner, El Molino, and Elsie Allen are rebuilding but should benefit from the new SCL.

The epilogue to a long and unpredictable SCL season might just be the league champion being determined on the final day of the regular season. Circle the Feb. 7 Sonoma Valley at Petaluma matchup, as that game might very well determine the title.

Below are short previews of the seven teams in the SCL listed in possible order of finish:

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