Girls Basketball Top 10: Convent makes a move

Lowell sophomore guard Katarina Lum goes up for a shot in the lane against Galileo on Friday at Galileo Academy. (Photo by Devin Chen)

The Convent girls basketball team on the court in between plays against St. Vincent de Paul in the NCS playoffs on Saturday at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School. (Photo by Aaron Perez)

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 and Dylan Kruse from the San Francisco Examiner.

1. St. Ignatius (21-6, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats dominated San Mateo (12-12) in their first and only CCS playoff game last week, only strengthening their position as the overwhelming favorite in the Division III tournament.

2. Washington (24-8, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Eagles won’t budge from the No. 2 spot after a double-digit win over Mission (10-15) in their regular-season finale, then trounced Burton (5-27) by 57 points in the opening round of the AAA playoffs.

3. Sacred Heart Cathedral (14-12, last week’s ranking: 3)
Like rival St. Ignatius, the Irish dominated their first CCS playoff opponent Aptos (15-12) last week, setting up what should be a Sacred Heart-St. Ignatius rematch in the Division III final.

4. Lowell (26-4, last week’s ranking: 4)
Just another strong week for the Cardinals, with blowout wins over No. 10 Wallenberg and Mission last week.

5. Convent (19-9, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Cubs are undoubtedly playing their best basketball at the season, and it’s coming at the perfect time. Convent easily dispatched their first two opponents in the NCS Division V tournament last week. The first was a 26-point win over the California School for the Deaf (14-15) and the second was a 19-point victory over St. Vincent de Paul (16-11).

6. Mercy (20-8, last week’s ranking: 8)
Like Convent, the Skippers are saving some of their best basketball for the postseason. The Skippers began the week with a 24-point win over rival Mercy-Burlingame (14-11), then avenged two regular-season losses with a one-point win over Menlo (16-11) to advance to the CCS Division IV semifinals.

7. Bay (21-7, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Breakers season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion, with a one-point loss to Athenian (25-4) in the first round of the NCS Division V playoffs.

8. International (20-9, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Jaguars exited the NCS Division V playoffs as well, against St. Vincent de Paul.

9. University (16-12, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Red Devils saw their season end at the hand of Head-Royce (21-8), completing a tough first round for City teams in the NCS Division V playoffs.

10. Wallenberg (13-11, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Bulldogs reenter the Top 10 after upsetting Lincoln (16-13) in the first round of the AAA playoffs, but they began the week with a 24-point loss to No. 4 Lowell, who they will face again in the AAA semifinals.

Also receiving votes: Balboa (13-14), Waldorf (13-11) and Jewish Community (14-7).

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