Lynwood's State Team of the Year honor was a no-brainer with its 33-0 record. Being No. 1 in the nation was a foregone conclusion, too, as the Knights have been No. 1 since early January. But there were at least three other unbeaten teams nationally that could argue they deserve to be ahead of Lynwood. Topping that list is Ribault of Jacksonville, Florida, which won the top division at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix (Lynwood won the second division) and extended its win streak to 97 games after winning the Florida Class 2A crown.
The No. 1 state honor is the second for Lynwood coach Ellis Barfield, who guided the Knights to the 1993 Div. I state title with a team that finished 31-0. One of the team's closest playoff wins that year was over Thousand Oaks, which was led by Olympic track sensation Marion Jones.
California also has had several other teams in recent years rank No. 1 in the nation. Just two years ago it was Narbonne of Harbor City and in 1992 it was Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates. Most courtside observers at this year's state championships seemed to think Narbonne's squad of two years ago was a bit stronger than this year's Lynwood bunch, but of course no one knows for sure.
California's best girls team ever probably was Riverside Poly of 1982, which went 34-0 behind the best girls player ever, the one and only Cheryl Miller.
This week's final edition of the 2002 state girls basketball rankings also includes special expanded lists to 50 deep overall and 20 deep for the various divisional and regional sub-categories.
Congratulations to the complete Lynwood roster: freshman guard Tyquanna Gannaway, sophomore guard Fatimah Stokley, junior forward Joyce King, senior guard Andrea Adams, senior guard Audrey Taylor, sophomore guard Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood, junior center Jazelle Burries, junior guard Kemesa Moore, sophomore guard Ashley Johnson, junior guard Ranika Bennett, junior forward Drenda Adams, senior guard Janice Bright, junior center Tiffani Burries, junior forward Dominique Parchman, sophomore forward Amber Todd, sophomore forward Lorie Butler-Rayford and junior forward Amber Addison. Head coach: Ellis Barfield.
STATE TEAMS OF THE YEAR
2002 -- Lynwood 33-0
2001 -- Narbonne (Harbor City) 28-3
2000 -- Narbonne (Harbor City) 34-0
1999 -- Mitty (San Jose) 31-0
1998 -- Narbonne (Harbor City) 32-1*
1997 -- Laguna Hills 31-3
1996 -- Woodbridge (Irvine) 32-2
1995 -- Woodbridge (Irvine) 33-1
1994 -- Brea-Olinda (Brea) 33-0
1993 -- Lynwood 31-0
1992 -- Peninsula (Rolling Hills Estates) 33-0
1991 -- Berkeley 30-2
1990 -- Morningside (Inglewood) 32-3
1989 -- Morningside (Inglewood) 33-1
1988 -- Fremont (Oakland) 28-0**
1987 -- Point Loma (San Diego) 34-0
1986 -- Point Loma (San Diego) 31-1
1985 -- Compton 26-0
1984 -- Buena (Ventura) 31-0
1983 -- Buena (Ventura) 28-4
1982 -- Poly (Riverside) 34-0
1981 -- Poly (Riverside) 29-0
1980 -- Berkeley 29-0
1979 -- El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) 19-0
1978 -- Huntington Beach 25-2
1977 -- Los Angeles 16-0
1976 -- Ventura 23-0
1975 -- Hilltop (Chula Vista) 18-0
1974 -- Berkeley 19-1
1973 -- S.J. Memorial (Fresno) 12-0
1972 -- Buena (Ventura) 8-0
*Forfeit losses not included; CIF Div. I state title vacated due to residency issues.
**11 wins forfeited due to use of ineligible player.