Division I-AA was beefed up by CIF in the off-season to feature most of the Southland’s top girls basketball programs. Amat being only a No. 5 seed should tell fans something about what a difficult task the Valley’s top team faces. “It is way different,” Amat coach Richard Wiard said. “Every game is going to be competitive.” Covina (25-1) was made the No. 7 seed in Division III-AA and awarded with a home game on Saturday against El Segundo. Covina was untouched in the Valle Vista League this season and hasn’t lost since Dec. 9. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Amat opens at home on Saturday night against El Modena. If the Lancers advance, they’ll play either Royal or Orange Lutheran. After that, they might play Lynwood. Teams like nationally-ranked Long Beach Poly, Troy or Brea Olinda then could be coming down the road. “In terms of seeding, it’s seeded just the way it’s been in the polls,” Wiard said. “We were the No. 5 seed in the polls and we were the No. 5 seed when it came out. The teams in front of us are all very good.” The good news for Amat fans is their team enters the postseason playing its best basketball. Amat has won 14 consecutive games. Diamond Ranch (24-1) also changed divisions this season after winning Division III-AA last season. The Panthers were given the No. 2 seed in Division II-AA. Diamond Ranch hosts San Marino on Saturday night and appears headed for another deep run. The Panthers swept the Miramonte League this past season. It won’t be the traditional cake walk for the Bishop Amat High School girls basketball team when the CIF-Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs begin this week. The Lancers (21-4), who have won three consecutive CIF-Southern Section championships, got their usual first- round home game when playoff pairings were announced on Sunday. But everything else about Amat’s postseason will be markedly different.