SanFranPreps.com Girls Basketball Top 10: SI goes wire-to-wire as City’s top team
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 (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).