Which Southern Section girls basketball programs have won the most section titles?

25 (tie). Alemany – 4

The Warriors won their first CIFSS title in 1992 under Melissa Melton, two in 1994 and 1998 under Melissa Hearlihy, and in 2013 under Bryan Camacho.

25 (tie). Brentwood – 4

Brentwood went back-to-back in 2004-05 under David Smith. They’ve also won championships in 2014 and 2018 under current head coach Charles Solomon.

25 (tie). Ventura – 4

In 1976, the Cougars won only the third Southern Section 4-A title (the top division at the time) under Chuck Shively. In 2002, they broke through again under current head coach Ann Larson, under whom they’ve won two more in 2014 and 2016 at the Division 1 level.

25 (tie). Riverside Poly – 4

The first big dynasty in CIFSS girls hoops came at the hands of Riverside Poly, who claimed four titles before anyone else got to three. Ralph Halle was the head coach for the first, in 1979, in 3-A. They then won three more straight under Floyd Evans all coming at 4-A when 4-A was the top division.

25 (tie). Chaminade – 4

Eagles are in rare air for having won four section championships last decade under Kelly DiMuro. The first came in 2013 in Division 3, but by 2015 and 2016 they were going back-to-back in the Open Division. In those two seasons, they were ranked among the top few teams in the country with Leonna Odom and Valerie Higgins tearing it up as upperclasswomen. Chaminade also won it all in 2019 in Division 1.

25 (tie). Peninsula – 4

Perhaps the top dynasty of the 90’s, the Panthers won it all under Wendell Yoshida in 1992, 1996, 1998, and 1999. All four of those titles came at the highest level at the time, Division I-AA, and Peninsula narrowly lost in the finals in 1994 and 1995 as well.

While they haven’t broken through since then, the Panthers are currently in exceptional shape under head coach Natalie Kelly. Led almost entirely by freshmen Jadyn Lee and a cast of underclasswomen, Peninsula made both the Southern Section 2-A and CIF State Division III semifinals last season.

17 (tie). Woodbridge – 5

The Warriors won their first title in 1991 under Russ Davis, went back-to-back in 1994-95 under Eric Bangs, and completed the three-peat the next year under Patrick Quinn. They also won again in 2009 with Bangs back at the helm.

17 (tie). Troy – 5

After losing in the finals in 1998 and 2000, Troy broke through for the first time in 2001. After losing in the 2002 championship, they went on to four-peat – marking five titles in six years – from 2003-2006. Their coach under all those title runs? Kevin Kiernan, now the head coach at Mater Dei, who is by many measures the winningest coach in SoCal history.

17 (tie). Artesia – 5

The Pioneers won their first chip in 1983 under Norm Flowers, and three-peated from 2001-2003 under Scott Roczey. And last season they got back on the board, adding number five with Shonyta Pouncey at the helm. With the underclasswomen duo of Samerikya Young and Sydney McKee around for multiple more years, Artesia is a threat to add number six soon.

17 (tie). Rolling Hills Prep – 5

RHP got their first three chips in 2002, 2011, and 2012 under Joe Jackson Jr. They also went back-to-back under current head coach Richard Masson in 2017-18, and will certainly be in the hunt for another next season with 5-star USC commit Clarice Akunwafo and Tatum Tamashiro leading the way.

17 (tie). Orange Lutheran – 5

OLu got their first ring in 1981 under Bev Arnett. Then last decade they pulled off a strong middle-division dynasty under Tom Howard, winning in 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2019.

17 (tie). San Clemente – 5

After losing in the finals in 1998 and 1999, San Clemente got over the hump to four-peat from 2001-04 under Mary Mulligan. They added number five in 2007. The Tritons are also coming off a 29-5 season and 2A finals appearance under Kerri Husbands, and will return a lot of talent coming into next season.

17 (tie). Laguna Hills – 5

The Hawks won their first title in 1997 under Lynn Taylor. Since then they’ve won four under current head coach Jim Martin, with rings coming in 2000, 2007, 2008, and 2012. They are an impressive 5-0 all-time in title matches.

17 (tie). Harvard-Westlake – 5

Harvard-Westlake first got on the board in 1998 under Brian Taylor. Then current head coach Melissa Hearlihy, who had won two titles recently with Alemany, took over. Since then they’ve won in 2001, 2009, 2010, and this past season. Next season they’ll return essentially their whole Division 1 championship core, and will likely be on a shortlist of the best teams in the country.

10 (tie). St. Joseph (Santa Maria) – 6

St. Joseph won their first title in 1984 under Jeff Hearn. Then they three-peated under Ed Torres from 1989-91 before losing by six in the 1992 finals. They won again in 2009 under Ron Barba before repeating in 2010 with Torres back at the helm. Torres also happened to coach the boys team for a while, winning titles with them in 1998 and 2004.

10 (tie). Buena – 6

The Bulldogs won titles in 1979, 1984, 1993, 1994, 1996, and 1997 under Joe Vaughan. One of the winningest coaches in SoCal history, Vaughan came out of retirement in 2018 after a decade to help coach the freshman and JV girls at Buena.

10 (tie). Pilgrim – 6

From 1996-2002, Pilgrim pulled off one of the top small school dynasties in Southern Section history, winning a ring every season except 1998. The first two rings came under Gene Hicks, and Kevin Blue was in charge for the four-peat.

10 (tie). Long Beach Poly – 6

Poly got their first title in 1995 under Stephanie McPherson. After a few losses in the finals, the Jackrabbits won again in 2005 under Carl Buggs, blowing out rival Lynwood who had beaten them in the title game the previous two seasons. Since then, Buggs and Long Beach Poly have won it all four more times, in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2017. Impressively, all six of their titles have come at whichever division was the highest at its time.

10 (tie). Redondo Union – 6

All six of Redondo’s chips have come under Marcelo Enriquez, who is still the head coach. They came in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2015, and 2018. As you will read later, their 2000 title was quite historic.

10 (tie). Bishop Amat – 6

The Lancers won their first ring in 1999, three-peated from 2004-06, and won again in 2012 all under Richard Wiard. They also just won their first title under Camille Buckley last season.

10 (tie). Marlborough – 6

From 2003-2008, Marlborough pulled two unusual feats. The first was three-peating under three different coaches – George Quintero, Steve Burnett, and Trenton Jackson. And their 2008 title marked six straight – one of only two six-peats in CIFSS history – with four total coming under Jackson. After some coaching changes and several down years, Marlborough is now again one of the better teams in the Southern Section under Chris Rodgers.

7 (tie). Windward – 7

Windward has seven total titles. They all have come in the past 15 seasons, and six have come in the past decade. The first came in 2006 under Steve Smith. They won it all again under Smith in 2011, and have won in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019 under current head coach Vanessa Nygaard.

The Wildcats went from Division 4AA in 2013 to an Open Division title in 2014, a particularly remarkable jump/feat. Since then, all their titles have come in the Open Division except for one in Division 1-AA. Windward also made the Open Division finals this past season, and with one of the top players in the country in Juju Watkins around for three more seasons, don’t be surprised if they add more hardware soon.

7 (tie). Mission Prep – 7

While they aren’t in the Southern Section anymore, Mission Prep will continue to be near the top in all-time CIFSS titles for a long time. From 1989-1996 under Jay Cowitz, they maintained one of the most dominant small school dynasties in CIFSS history. They won it all in 1989, lost by five in the finals in 1990, won again in 1991, and then four-peated from 1993-96. Mission Prep won another championship under John Krossa in 2012 before later moving to the Central Section.

7 (tie). Mater Dei – 7

The Monarchs won their first two titles in 1995 and 2003 under Mary Hauser and Geri Campeau, respectively. Then Mater Dei acquired Kevin Kiernan in 2007. They’ve since four-peated from 2009-2012 and won the Open Division last season, putting Kiernan alone at the top for most titles in Southern Section history with 11. Returning nearly their whole championship core, Mater Dei will not only come into next season as the favorite to win the Southern Section again – they have a real chance to finish the year as the clear top team in the country.

6. Bishop Montgomery – 8

After three losses in the finals, Bishop Montgomery broke through for their first CIFSS titles in 1996 and 1997 under Yvette Angel. They then won four straight state titles from 2000-2003 under Lisa Cooper, with section titles coming all four of those seasons except 2001. After another streak of three finals losses, the Knights got over the hill again in 2014 and 2015 under Bridgitte Reyes, and won another section title in 2017 under current head coach Noelle Quinn.

4 (tie). St. Bernard – 9

The Vikings were dynastic in the 90’s and early 2000’s, first winning titles under Lori Pawinski in 1991, 1993-94, and 1997. They won four more in 1998 and 2000-02 under Felicia Simon as well.

Coincidentally, St. Bernard had family ties with the other team in fifth place all-time, Bishop Montgomery. The Vikings won their last title in 2010 under head coach Bo Corona, whose daughter was an assistant coach on the staff. His daughter? Lisa Cooper.

4 (tie). Morningside – 9

Most people remember Morningside as the stomping ground of Lisa Leslie, who led them to a three-peat from 1988-90 (and of course, dropped 101 points in a half). But the Monarchs have won six other titles. The first came in 1983 under Frank Scott, head coach during the Lisa Leslie era.

Then Ron Randle took over after the 1990 season and they completed the four-peat in 1991. Morningside won it all again in 1993 and 1996 under Roderick Tatum before winning their eighth and ninth in 1999 and 2004 with Frank Scott back at the helm.

2 (tie). Valley Christian (Cerritos) – 10

Valley Christian is one of only three teams in double-digits. After three losses in finals games, they got their first title in 1982 under Eleanor Dykstra. They won again with Dykstra in charge in 1985 and 1987, and repeated in 1988 under new head coach Liz Metcalfe. Dykstra came back, and Valley Christian five-peated from 1992-96. Finally, they won yet another under Dykstra in 2000.

Dysktra retired in 2009 and finished as one of only four coaches with nine CIFSS titles. Not bad for someone who she got her start at VCHS in 1968 not only as the girls basketball coach, but also as their softball, girls volleyball, and girls track & field coach, in addition to serving for a long time as athletic director. In total, she amassed over 1,000 wins between the three team sports, not even including track.

2 (tie). Lynwood – 10

Lynwood’s first title came in 1986 under Van Girard. They broke through again in 1993 under Ellis Barfield, who has since gone on to establish himself as one of the greatest coaches in SoCal history and is still going strong. The Knights won again in 1994, four-peated from 2001-04, and won in 2006, 2012, and 2013.

Impressively, almost every one of Lynwood’s rings have come at the highest division in the Southern Section, with a few coming at the Division 2 level. With 5-star G/F Rayah Marshall and PG Briliyah Taylor among those returning next year after another great season in 2019-2020, Lynwood will be in the title hunt once again.

1. Brea Olinda – 17

Like a lot of other teams on this list, it took Brea Olinda four cracks at a title to finally win one. They in fact lost three straight title games from 1983-85 before getting their first in 1986 under Mark Trakh. But once they got going, once could say they never slowed down.

Title number two came in 1989, the first of an eleven-peat. The Ladycats won the championship every single year in the 90’s. John Hattrup took over for Trakh to win a chip in 1994, and from then on it was Jeff Sink in charge. Finally, Redondo Union snapped their streak in the 2000 championship game by single-digits to get their first ever CIFSS title.

But Brea Olinda didn’t stop there, even though those 12 titles would still be the most ever to this day. They bounced back to win again in 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2010 under Sink, who finished with 10 titles.

While the Ladycats haven’t been at that level in a decade now, it’s going to be a long time before anyone touches their total of 17 titles. And perhaps Brea Olinda will get back on top soon to add to their stockpile of hardware.

OTHER SCHOOLS THAT HAVE WON TITLES:

A.B. Miller

Agoura

Alta Loma

Antelope Valley

Arroyo Grande

Ayala

Baptist Christian

Bethel Christian (Lancaster)

Beverly Hills

Bishop Diego

Bloomington Christian

Boron

Brethren Christian

Cajon

Calvary Chapel (Santa Ana)

Campbell Hall

Cantwell-Sacred Heart

Canyon (Anaheim)

Canyon Springs

Central

Chadwick

Chino

Colony

Compton

Corona del Mar

Costa Mesa

Crescenta Valley

Crossroads

Culver City

Cuyama Valley

Desert

Diamond Ranch

Dominguez

Edison

El Dorado

Esperanza

Fairmont Prep

Flintridge Prep

Fontana

Foothill

Gahr

Ganesha

Gardena Serra

Glendora

Grace Brethren

Hart

Heritage Christian

Hesperia Christian

Holy Martyrs

Hueneme

Huntington Beach

Indio

Inglewood

J.W. North

Katella

La Quinta (Westminster)

La Reina

Lakeside

Leuzinger

Liberty Christian

Linfield Christian

Lompoc

Long Beach Wilson

Los Osos

Maricopa

Marina

Marshall Fundamental

Mesa Grande Academy

Millikan

Mira Costa

Mission Viejo

Montclair Prep

Moreno Valley

Morro Bay

Muir

Murrieta Valley

Newbury Park

North (Torrance)

North County Christian

Northview

Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks)

Oak Park

Oaks Christian

Oakwood

Ontario Christian

Orangewood Academy

Oxnard

Pacific Hills

Paloma Valley

Palos Verdes

Pasadena Poly

Price

Providence Hall

Rancho Alamitos

Rialto

Ribet Academy

Righetti

Rio Hondo Prep

Rosamond

Rosary Academy

San Bernardino

San Bernardino Christian

San Luis Obispo

Santa Barbara

Santa Clara

Santa Fe

Santa Margarita

Santa Maria

Santa Monica

Santa Ynez

Santiago (Corona)

Santiago (Garden Grove)

Shandon

Sierra Canyon

South (Torrance)

St. Anthony

St. John Paul II Stem Academy (formerly Bellarmine-Jefferson)

St. Mary’s Academy

St. Monica

St. Paul

Summit

Tehachapi

Thacher

Thousand Oaks

Trona

Twentynine Palms

Valencia (Placentia)

Valencia (Valencia)

Valley Christian (Santa Maria)

Village Christian

Warren

West (Torrance)

Western Christian

Whittier Christian

Wilson (Hacienda Heights)

Yucca Valley

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