Girls Basketball Top 10: Lowell and Mercy move up

Lowell forward Jillian Doherty (31) and the Cardinals established themselves as one of the City's top teams with a win over Sacred Heart Cathedral to start the season. (Photo by Eric Luis)

Every week, we will be publishing our take on 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.

1. St. Ignatius (3-0, preseason ranking: 1)

The Wildcats ran over the field in their three games of the Ladycat Classic at Marin Catholic, with lopsided wins over Eastside Prep (1-2), Maria Carillo (1-2) and McKinleyville (2-1).

2. Lowell (3-1, preseason ranking: 2)

The Cardinals stunned No. 4 Sacred Heart Cathedral to open the season, then beat very good Logan (2-1) and Gunn (2-1) teams before falling to St. Francis (3-0) in the Burlingame Invitational final.

3. Mercy (3-0, preseason ranking: 4)

The one-two punch of senior guard Mariah Masoli and senior center Courtney Sabahi has gotten the Skippers off to a scorching start with double-digit wins over Half Moon Bay, Mills, and San Leandro (0-3) in the Mills Tournament.

4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (2-2, preseason ranking: 2)

The Irish lost their first two games of the season to No. 2 Lowell and Foothill (1-3), but have responded with two consecutive lopsided wins over Antioch (1-3) and Clayton Valley (1-2).

5. Washington (1-0, preseason ranking: 5)

The Eagles have only played one game, an eight-point win over Redwood (3-2) on Nov. 18.

6. University (2-1, preseason ranking: 7)

The Red Devils opened the Lady Mustangs Holiday Classic with a loss to Mountain View (3-2), but took down host Lincoln (2-2) and No. 10 Galileo in the consolation bracket.

7. International (0-2, preseason ranking: 6)

The Jaguars are winless, but have arguably played the toughest schedule in the City, with losses to top programs Sonoma Academy (3-0) and Pinewood (1-0).

8. Convent (1-3, preseason ranking: 8)

The Cubs are off to another slow start, but have played very solid competition. Convent dropped games to Gunn, Logan and St. Joseph Notre Dame (2-1), and its only win came against a very down Mission (0-4) squad.

9. Urban (3-0, preseason ranking: NR)

The Blues have had three very impressive wins in the early season, opening with a 60-24 win over Fremont Christian (1-3), a 20-win team last season. Urban followed that with two more blowout wins over Waldorf (1-2) and Bentley (2-1). The average margin of victory in those three wins was 36 points.

10. Galileo (2-2, preseason ranking: 9)

The Lions have been up and down in the early season, with wins over Terra Linda (0-3) and Wallenberg (0-3), and losses to No. 6 University and San Mateo. We still need to see the Lions beat a team with a win to move them up.

On the brink: Drew (3-0), Lincoln (2-2) and Lick-Wilmerding (1-1).

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  1. Fan says:

    Glad to see Lowell move up to the No 2 spot. They deserve it with the way they have been playing. Congrats to Mercy also. Hope to see SHC regroup and finish the preseason strong before league play starts.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Drew is looking really good this year

  3. anonymous says:

    they have an unbelievable coach in NIck Whitmore, he will turn heads. The only question is, how long can Drew keep in….

  4. GCJ 01 says:

    Very good Lowell! Good job with the polls JB!

  5. WCAL Fan says:

    Let’s go Mercy Skippers. Good start ladies.

  6. Average Joe says:

    Great job ladies! Keep up the hard work! Go Skippers! Congrats to the rest of the teams!

  7. Sports Fan says:

    Drew is really looking great! I hope they have a great season!

  8. WCAL Fan says:

    Is Mariah Masoli the sister of the Masoli at Riordan?

  9. bball fan says:

    congrats to the skippers they have a strong team a good mix of upperclassmen and underclassmen they should win their league this year

  10. Average Joe says:

    I agree with you bball fan. They are well balanced and the distribution of the ball is amazing. They are not afraid to give up the ball. Good luck Skippers!

  11. Bball fan says:

    Skipper fans. Come out to support your team, we have a great team this year

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