Girls Basketball Top 10: SI goes wire-to-wire as City’s top team

The St. Ignatius girls basketball team performs the school fight song with fans after its loss to Bishop O'Dowd in the NorCal semifinals on March 12 at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. (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 and Dylan Kruse from the San Francisco Examiner.

1. St. Ignatius (24-8)
The end of the Central Coast Section playoffs may not have gone the way the Wildcats imagined, but there’s no doubt they were the best team in the City from start to finish. A run to the NorCal semifinals (when they lost to top-seeded Bishop O’Dowd) capped their season, but they return several key starters, making them a solid contender in the West Catholic Athletic League again next season.

2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (16-13)
The Irish went as low as fourth in our poll this year, but ended on a pretty high note, knocking off No. 1 St. Ignatius in the Central Coast Section Division III final. The Irish fell to Campolindo in their first NorCal playoff game after that, but the win over their rival had to leave a pretty good taste in their mouth.

3. Lowell (28-5)
The young Cardinals redeemed their only league loss to Washington in the Academic Athletic Association championship game, but fell to defending Division I state champion Oak Ridge in the first round of NorCal playoffs.

4. Washington (24-11)
Like Lowell, the Eagles were ousted early in the Division I NorCal playoffs. Oakland Tech ended Washington’s run, but the Eagles have nothing to be ashamed of, after shrugging off a rocky non-league schedule to go undefeated in their AAA regular season.

5. Convent (19-11)
The Cubs undoubtedly played their best ball down the stretch, digging themselves out of an early hole with an undefeated Bay Counties League West season and a run to the North Coast Section Division V semifinals. Convent nearly upset Brookside Christian on the road in the first round of the NorCal playoffs, but were outlasted by the Knights to end its season.

6. Mercy (20-9)
The Skippers ended their season with a run to the Central Coast Section Division IV semifinals, but it was a rough West Bay Athletic League season that resulted in most of their losses. Can’t fault the Skippers too much for losses to powerhouses like Eastside Prep and Pinewood.

7. Bay (21-7)
After two disheartening losses to league rival International and Lick-Wilmerding, the Breakers responded with seven consecutive victories, capped by a redemptive win over No. 8 International in the Bay Counties League Central championship game. Unfortunately for Bay, its run ended abruptly in the first round of the NCS playoffs, when they lost to Athenian 47-46 on the road.

8. International (20-9)
The Jaguars came up just short against Bay in the BCL Central title game, but figure to be league favorites next year. International will lose only one senior and Bay is graduating its two leading scorers.

9. University (16-12)
The Red Devils had a solid BCL West season, but could not overcome one hurdle — No. 5 Convent. University dropped all three meetings with the Cubs, including the league championship game, but will only lose one player to graduation.

10. Galileo (16-10)
The Lions were upset by Balboa in the first round of the AAA playoffs, but don’t count them out moving forward. Head coach Don Papa started four freshman at times this season and turned around a 2-11 league record last season into a 11-3 record this season. Lowell and Washington beware.

Also receiving votes: Wallenberg (13-12), Balboa (13-15), Jewish Community (14-7) and Waldorf (13-11).

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  1. jbalan says:

    Before anyone asks, the final boys Top 10 will be up tomorrow night…

  2. Mr.Smith says:

    when will the boys bclwest selections be up?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Put uni at number one

    Love to see si and shc fans keep hating a team they have never played or prob seen play

    • Stinky Pinky says:

      honestly u jus trying to start a fight.
      i kno mostly all the kids on UNI, SI, and SH.
      1) SH has the most athletic kids and the best junior class in the city
      2) UNI has some good scorers/shooters and great players lik Noah and Zio. They are great players but not trying to knock them, there competition isn’t as good WCAL. Just facts you can tell by the BCL all team selections that it is a weak league.
      3) SI has some scrappy guys lik EJ and Myrlik who can score too and sum bigs lik Domingo

      there all are good teams and players in their own respect. Stop trying to make stupid wars on a site that is trying to be positive to high school kids

  4. SI Girls BB says:

    SI girls BB will be good next year, 5 freshmen girls from JV are probably gonna play, these girls are fast and beat mostly bigger JV teams in WCAL but unfortunately lost to SHC. They will be a good compliment to the
    present team, with ALex and RAquel graduating! Good luck to the SI girls and congratulations to a very
    succesful season!

  5. WCAL says:

    @ SI Girls BB, 2 of those JV girls are good the rest just average, so I wouldn’t pin your hopes on those JV girls doing much next year. No where near the top freshmen SHC has this year..not even close.

    • SI Girls BB says:

      Same for SHC only 2 of all JV freshman are good ,the one point guard guard has impressive ball handling skills, she may back up Geanna next year. And i think only 3 or 4 of the freshmen SH JV will move up to varsity next year and 2 or 3 Soph JV. Well any way these are just guesses
      i may be mistaken but we will see next year again in this forum! Good luck to both programs!

    • SI # 1 says:

      As SI Girls BB stated only 2 frosh were any good on jv’s this year point guard was the only one who really stood out, they did have some good soph’s on the jv team I would admit that but did you see SHC frosh team this year? Not very good to be polite! SI has a talented class to boot coming in, looks like we are starting to see a tide in terms of who’s getting the better players now in the city we will see next year! good job SI girls!!

      • Basketball FAn says:

        There maybe 5-6 freshman girls playing JV next year. Just to make a point these freshman girls both SI and SH playing at the JV level in WCAL
        some of them can easily be selected first team all league in other leagues in the city.

      • WCALGuy says:

        The tide is turning because Harrigan left SHC if he was still there girls would be lining up to play for him.

        • Johnny Drama says:

          Harrigan left because of the precipitous drop in talent. If he was still getting the caliber of player he used to get, he would be there. There currently aren’t any players in the city comparable to his former players at any school. He saw what was coming and he left. Same with Reardon at SI and Forslund at Riordan. All 3 very successful coaches who didn’t want to experience losing when they saw what was in their respective pipelines.

          • Ari Gold says:

            These guys have other jobs. Coaching basketball isnt their primary employment. At the end of their days they work 8-3 teaching then add practices and games. It can be quite strenuous especially if you have the lofty expectations of winning.

            Im sure winning is a bonus, but the real win comes from raising these kids to be positive, accomplished in society.

            Drama, I checked out Mater Dei in the So Cal Div 1 title game. That is just unfair. Their shortess guy is 6’3 and he doesnt even play. Imagine having a roster full of 6’5-6’7 guys and with talent.

            • this is all me says:

              @johnny boy.. u shouln’t comment cause u don’t no what u talkin about. cause it’s a lot of talent,comin too all those school. n these kids that’s comin up are better and stronger, and a have more skillis.u need to get ur information right.and go find coach harrigan and ask him y he left. cause it wasn’t that reason..o yeah his at st boom!!haha..

          • IC Stars says:

            Brian Harrigan did not leave because of a drop in talent. He had his lean years just as every other coach does. Mike Carey knows the system just as well.

          • this is all me says:

            @WCAL GUY u r so right.. if shc get another coach like him(coach harrigan), . a coach that’s comin to win, n pickin girls with real talent. cause shc has alot of girls that got skills and talent,, alot of those girl want to play. but mr carey don’t no what he’s doing.. shc really need a real good coach who’s comin to win…

  6. yayareasfinest says:

    watchiout for lowell next year they will have a nice guard in kelly eishima and andrew sumi.

  7. Johnny Drama says:

    @ari, Mater Dei is a machine but you can never count out an Allocco coached team. DLS has a shot against them. I like the North’s chances in 4 of the 5 games this year with Mater Dei the only real favorite.

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