It’s safe to say that the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams at Lynwood High School share a common legacy of consistency in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
From 1968-1990, Lynwood’s boys’ teams won five San Gabriel Valley League titles, made 10 Southern Section playoff appearances and won a Southern Section title in 1976 under the late Bill Notley.
In 1990, his final season, he led the Knights to the state regional semifinals.
The Lynwood gym is named after Notley, who also was a teacher during his 45 years at the school. Both Notley and Bill Lee, his successor, coached many standout players, included Juaquin Hawkins, Akeli Jackson, Charles Levy, Tyren Naulls, Tom Freeman and the late Earnest Killum.
The current edition of the boys’ team, now coached by Gary Lenoir, finished the year with a 20-8 record after losing to Anaheim Savanna, 79-73 Feb. 24.
The Knights were led this year by Zach Christian, Jaylin Bass, Cheikh Hall, Robert Howard, Rasheed Cox and Jordan Owens.
For the remaining local boys’ teams Cathedral survived its opening game but faced Bishop Montgomery in an Open Division quarterfinal Feb. 25 after The Wave went to press. Price, St. John Bosco and Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary competed in quarterfinal games Feb. 25 in the Open Division’s consolation round. – the winner advances to the semifinal round on Feb. 28.
In Division II-A, Compton defeated Buena, 66-53, Feb. 24, and will play Righetti Feb. 27.
In Division I-AA, Inglewood lost to Eastvale Roosevelt, 33-32 Feb. 24. Lawndale advanced in Division II-AA with a 68-54 win over Kaiser, but Mark Keppel lost to Mira Costa, 68-52.
Leuzinger (Division III-A) and Morningside (Division IV-AA) were both eliminated from the playoffs Feb. 24, but St. Bernard advanced in Division V-A with a 51-35 win over Mary Star.
Lynwood High’s girls team have been successful under the leadership of former coach Maurice Roberson and current coach Ellis Barfield since the early 1990s, thanks to a long list of top players like Sade Wiley-Gatewood, Lenita Sanford, Kim Barfield, Alize Lofton and Bridgett Polk. Under Barfeild, the coach since 1993, the Lady Knights have won 18 consecutive San Gabriel Valley League titles, eight Southern Section titles and five state titles.
This year’s team, led by Janae Turner, Shy’ Tara Powell, Destinee Crayon, Ashley Austin, Nyla Horn and Orionna Shirley, has a chance to advance to the Division I-AA semifinals on Feb. 28, if it got past Arcadia Feb. 25.
For other remaining area teams, Culver City played a Division I-AA second-round game on Feb. 25 for the right to meet either Etiwanda or Riverside King on Feb. 28. In Division IV-A, St. Mary’s Academy, Notre Dame Academy and Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary all advanced. In Division VI, Price and Pilgrim met on Feb. 25 for the right to advance to the semifinal round on Feb. 28.