STATE TOP 20 OVERALL
(All divisions combined; after games of March 9; last week's rank in parentheses)
1. (1) Lynwood 31-0
The Knights and coach Ellis Barfield have been 31-0 before. The year was 1993 and that was the team's final record. This year, it could be 33-0.
2. (2) Narbonne (Harbor City) 27-3
Power-packed Gauchos can't be No. 1 in the nation again, but they can still have a big say about who is. If they beat Lynwood Saturday, Ribault of Jacksonville will move to the top.
3. (3) Poly (Long Beach) 33-2
Barring anything really weird happening in the Div. I state finals, this will be the Jackrabbits' position in the final rankings of the season.
4. (4) Artesia (Lakewood) 26-5
Star Pioneer Brittney Thomas started her career as a freshman at Bishop Montgomery, Saturday's opponent in the SoCal Div. III final.
5. (7) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 28-2
Yes, we know the Panthers' have losses to Redondo and Stockdale, but wins over Ursuline, St. Mary's, Marin Catholic, Berkeley, Mitty and others make up for it.
6. (8) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 32-1
The Bears won't be able to avenge loss to Pinewood, but two wins over Marin Catholic and a Div. IV state title could land them a top five final ranking.
7. (9) St. Mary's (Stockton) 31-3
If Rams can knock down some key shots, they have the depth, balance and talent to beat Pinewood on Saturday and move on to the state championships for the third straight year.
8. (11) Bishop's (La Jolla) 27-3
Despite Ursuline's ranking there's no question coach Fentriss Winn's club is still the team to beat in the Div. IV state playoffs.
9. (14) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 26-5
Hard to keep the Knights out of the top 10 with Artesia next and a possible third straight Div. III state title in the works.
10. (10) Ayala (Chino Hills) 26-5
Based on results in December, this ranking is too high. But there's not much doubt the Bulldogs were one of the top five or six teams in the Southern Section for February and March.
11. (nr) Redondo (Redondo Beach) 25-7
Seahawks may be coming from nowhere to some, but we did have them No. 11 overall in the preaseason and they weren't at full strength until mid-January.
12. (12) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 25-5
One of the team's losses was to Redondo and, well, Div. V is Div. V so it may still take until the final rankings for the Torres to be jumped up to No. 8 or No. 9.
13. (16) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 27-5
Wildcats bounced back nicely after loss to Ursuline and got their wish for Saturday rematch. It also helps they won easily in Feb. 9 matchup with NorCal Div. I finalist Kennedy.
14. (15) Wilson (Long Beach) 26-6
Reasons to like the Bruins include four-point playoff loss to Lynwood, three other losses to L.B. Poly and making it to the finals of the Ayala tourney.
15. (20) Miramonte (Orinda) 28-3
Matadors haven't played the schedule of some in the top 20, but they're favored in NorCal Div. III final and would then have a chance to knock off either Artesia or Bishop Montgomery.
16. (nr) Mitty (San Jose) 26-6
Jenna Green, the 6-3 junior, came up big in three games last week and looked like the major college recruit she's capable of becoming.
17. (5) San Clemente 27-4
It wasn't that the Tritons got upset by El Camino in the SoCal Div. I first round it's that they were really never in the game.
18. (6) Ventura 29-3
Cougars finished with 281 three-pointers for the season and broke state mark of 271 set in 1999 by Nevada Union. Note: Pinewood still playing and still shooting.
19. (nr) Troy (Fullerton) 29-3
Warriors probably glad they're not facing Ventura again in SoCal Div. II final since they might match up better against Redondo.
20. (nr) Kennedy (Sacramento) 30-4
Heather Lee's outside shooting has keyed the Cougars' drive to the NorCal Div. I final since they already had Monique Smartt-Kidd and Alisha Hicks doing everything else.