SanFranPreps.com Girls Basketball Top 10: SI holds off Sacred Heart…for now

Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius players battle for position after a free throw in the CCS championship game on Saturday at Santa Clara University. (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 SanFranPreps.com staff, Mitch Stephens from SFGate.com and Maxpreps.com and Dylan Kruse from the San Francisco Examiner.

1. St. Ignatius (22-7, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats fell to No. 2 Sacred Heart Cathedral in the CIF-Central Coast Section Division III final, but there is a reason why the result came as a shock. It was an upset because St. Ignatius had established itself as the better team, and the majority of our voters agreed, at least for now. Not to be overlooked, the Wildcats easily beat Terra Nova (24-5) in the CCS semifinals.

2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (16-12, last week’s ranking: 3)
The young Irish may be hitting their stride at the perfect time, outscoring opponents in the CCS playoffs by an average of 24 points. They began the week with a win over Valley Christian (12-14) in the semifinals, then stunned No. 1 St. Ignatius in the championship game.

3. Lowell (28-4, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Cardinals move up a spot by knocking off No. 4 Washington in the Academic Athletic Association championship game, after handling No. 10 Wallenberg with relative ease in the semifinals.

4. Washington (24-10, last week’s ranking: 2)
After an undefeated league season, the Eagles showed signs of weakness in the AAA playoffs, barely beating Balboa (13-15) in the semifinals, then falling to No. 3 Lowell in the final.

5. Convent (19-10, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Cubs fell in the CIF-North Coast Section Division V semifinals to second-seeded Rincon Valley Christian (29-3) last week, but may have an opportunity to move up in the Top 10 if they make a run in the CIF state championship tournament.

6. Mercy (20-9, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Skippers saw their season end at the hands of top-seeded Scotts Valley (22-6) in the CCS Division IV tournament, but could be a force next season, with key players returning.

7. Bay (21-7, last week’s ranking: 7)
No games for the Breakers last week, but they remain in the seventh spot.

8. International (20-9, last week’s ranking: 8)
Same goes for the Jaguars, who also exited early in the NCS Division V playoffs.

9. University (16-12, last week’s ranking: 9)
Same deal for the Red Devils. Convent will be the only NCS representative from the City in the state playoffs.

10. Wallenberg (13-12, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Bulldogs hold on to the last spot, despite a lopsided loss to No. 3 and eventual AAA champion Lowell in the semifinals.

Also receiving votes: Balboa (13-15) and Jewish Community (14-7).

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