Girls Basketball Top 10: St. Ignatius takes opening-week honors

Mercy head coach Michael Gutierrez talks to his team during a timeout in the championship game of the Lick-Wilmerding Tournament on Saturday. The Skippers have a 3-0 record and are ranked sixth in the City. (Photo by Doug Ko)

Every Monday, we will be compiling a poll of local media members to rank the top 10 boys and girls basketball teams in San Francisco. Feel free to make your own rankings and discuss ours in the comment section. Voters include staff, Mitch Stephens from and, Dylan Kruse from the San Francisco Examiner and Lee Hubbard from

1. St. Ignatius (2-1)
The Wildcats lost to St. Mary’s in the championship game of the Lady Cat Invitational, but got wins over host Marin Catholic and St. Joseph (Santa Maria) in the first two rounds.

2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (2-1)
The Irish got wins over Analy and Amador Valley in the first two rounds of the Acalanes Tournament, but fell to Pleasant Grove 66-65 in the final.

3. Lowell (4-1)
The defending champions are still the team to beat in the AAA, and the Cardinals only loss was to Gunn in the final of the Burlingame Tournament.

4. Lincoln (3-1)
The host Mustangs advanced to the final in the Lincoln Tournament with wins over ICA and AAA foe Wallenberg, but fell to Box Hill (Melbourne, Australia) in the championship game.

5. Convent (1-3)
After a rough start, the defending BCL West champs got their first win of the season against Carlmont on Saturday in the Burlingame Tournament.

6. Mercy (3-0)
Mercy looked dominant in three wins over Balboa, College Prep and host Lick-Wilmerding in the Lick Tournament and will probably inch up higher in the next few polls.

7. Washington (2-1)
The Eagles finished third in the Notre Dame (Belmont) Tournament, with wins over Tracy and South San Francisco, and a loss to Notre Dame.

8. Galileo (3-1)
The Lions look like a solid threat in the AAA this season after wins over Urban and league foe Wallenberg in the Lincoln Tournament. Galileo’s only loss was to eventual Lincoln Tournament champion Box Hill.

9. Wallenberg (1-2)
The Bulldogs lost to Galileo and Lincoln in the Lincoln Tournament, but only lost to Lincoln by one point and handled University in their opener.

10. University (1-2)
The Red Devils dropped games to Wallenberg and Kennedy (Fremont) in the Lincoln Tournament and got a win against ICA.

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  1. I just wanted to say it is great to see girls basketball get this kind of recognition in San Francisco. Excellent job! These girls and their coaches work so hard and with articles and updates like this one they see the fruits of their labor pay off! Thanks and keep up the good work!

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