Norwalk is favored among league coaches.
1. NORWALK--The Lancers have never won a Southern Section playoff game, and Coach Bob Douglas' goal is to change that. Returning are all-league Cory Jennings, a 6-4 forward, and Jimmy Buentello, a 5-10 guard. Buentello averaged 23 points a game last season while Jennings averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Lancers were 12-9 and tied Artesia for second place.
2. ARTESIA--The Pioneers are the choice for runner-up. Returning for Coach Gordon Ackerman are Tony Farmer, a 6-6 center/forward; Chandel White, a 6-2 forward, and Jack Wood, a 6-2 forward. "We can become a contender if we become more aggressive on defense and on the boards," Ackerman said. Top newcomers include Domonique Street, a 6-1 senior transfer; Mark King, a 6-3 junior swingman, and Damon Davis, a 5-7 junior guard.
3. BELLFLOWER--The league's coaches are fairly sure of this pick because Bellflower Coach Rich Weiman has Reggie Kennedy, who averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds last year. Also back are Chuck Taylor, a 6-1 senior forward, and Marlow Bates, a 6-0 point guard. The Bucs were 11-10 last season.