As is our longstanding tradition for basketball, whenever there is an addition to our boys all-time lists there must be the same for the girls. The private schools tending to win the highest classes of the CIF state championships on the girls side are not as prevalent and we actually didn’t start to have them in California until the 1999 season. We still have some years after that, however, in which the choice for public school No. 1 was difficult.
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The criteria for naming each Public School State Team of the Year wasn’t hard. It just went to the highest-ranked public school team in the final Cal-Hi Sports State Top 20 Rankings and we’re not going to go against our own rankings. We have mentioned other teams when the choice was close.
As mentioned with the boys, the idea of doing this list came from a conversation with Etiwanda boys coach Dave Kleckner and his team would be the No. 1 for public schools in the state for 2020. Etiwanda’s girls, led by head coach Stan Delus, almost made it a sweep but had to be behind Long Beach Poly.
Cal-Hi Sports Public Schools
Girls Basketball State Teams of the Year
*Indicates State Team of the Year (ahead of all private schools as well)
2020 – Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 26-7
Head coach Carl Buggs would have the same number of public school No. 1 finishes in the state for his career as CIF state titles with six, but he gets to that total differently. This year’s sixth comes since the Jackrabbits were No. 4 in the final state rankings behind La Jolla Country Day, Windward and Archbishop Mitty (all private). They beat Etiwanda twice and will always be known as the only team that got a win against State Team of the Year La Jolla Country Day.