Girls Basketball Top 10: Mercy on the doorstep

Convent junior guard Isabella Borges takes a free throw against Berean Christian in the Urban Shootout on Thursday at Kezar Pavilion. (Photo by Doug Ko)

Convent junior guard Isabella Borges takes a free throw against Berean Christian in the Urban Shootout on Thursday at Kezar Pavilion. (Photo by Doug Ko)

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 (5-0, last week’s ranking: 1)

The Wildcats bolstered their resume as the top team in San Francisco with a dominating road win against Santa Rosa (4-3) last week, before handing Terra Nova (5-1) its first loss of the season.

2. Mercy (9-0, last week’s ranking: 3)

The Skippers are undefeated and were the class of the Urban Shootout last week, with lopsided wins over St. Vincent de Paul (5-3), No. 10 Urban and No. 7 Convent.

3. Lowell (7-2, last week’s ranking: 2)

The Cardinals drop a spot by no fault of their own, but due to Mercy’s impressive early run. Lowell won the Napa Tournament last week, with wins over Benicia (6-5), Vintage (4-5) and Davis (5-4).

4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (3-4, last week’s ranking: 4)

The Irish dropped their only game of the week against a very talented Berkeley (3-0) team, which won the Division I NorCal championship last season.

5. Washington (4-1, last week’s ranking: 5)

The Eagles didn’t play last week, but hold onto the No. 5 spot.

6. University (7-1, last week’s ranking: 6)

The Red Devils extended their win streak to seven games, but got a scare from Mission (0-8) after a 19-point win over College Prep (3-6) early last week.

7. Convent (4-5, last week’s ranking: 7)

The Cubs started off strong in the Urban Shootout, collecting double-digit wins over Berean Christian (5-4) and Branson (5-2), before running into No. 2 Mercy in the tournament championship game.

8. Galileo (6-2 or 5-3, ranking last week: 8)

We didn’t get a result for the Lions’ only game against Emery last week, but either way, Galileo is locked into the No. 8 spot.

9. International (2-3, last week’s ranking 9)

The Jaguars got back into the win column in their only game last week against Lick-Wilmerding (3-3).

10. Urban (6-3, last week’s ranking: 10)

The Blues started the week well, with a victory over the California School for the Deaf (2-3) and a lopsided win against Bay (1-6) in the Urban Shootout, but then dropped the final two games of the tournament to No. 2 Mercy and Branson (5-2).

On the brink: Lincoln (3-6), Lick-Wilmerding (3-3), Waldorf (2-5), Drew (6-1)

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26 Comments on " Girls Basketball Top 10: Mercy on the doorstep"

  1. Washington did had a game last week vs Fremont (Oakland, CA) on 12/16/2011. Washington lost 65 – 33

  2. Love the Game | December 20, 2011 at 7:17 AM |

    Great Job Mercy ! Congratulations to the rest of the teams, you are doing an amazing job!

  3. International is 2-3. What warrants them to even break the Top 10 with that record JB? Who else did they beat? Drew would seem to be a likely team to break the top ten. However, I do not know who they played. If all of their six wins came against sub par teams, then I understand why they were left out.

    • Drew would likely be in the Top 10, but hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record and they lost to Waldorf, which is 2-4 and not really a good 2-4. International has played a tough schedule and led University the entire game until the fourth quarter.

  4. Keep on climbing up the ladder Skippers and working hard.

  5. We did not have a game last week. It was the wrong Washington.

  6. SI will be tested this week. They play in Irvine tomorrow and Anaheim Friday.

    • Actually these 2 teams SI is playing down south are lower ranked teams
      they are not at par with SI, SI will win easily. True test will be during league play , if they beat Mitty then WCAL title is theirs because other than Mitty, there is no other team that can play with the wAy SI is playing right now.

      • Are you outta yer mind?? SI lost to El Camino by 10 points f’cryin’ out loud. Mitty will clobber them at least twice and SHC will dustmop the USF floor with them in January.

        • Please read the comments first, we know what we’re talking about because these are girls varsity basketball !

        • Your replying to the wrong thread. SI Girls Varsity hasn’t played El Camino and won’t this year.

          Mitty will be a great challenge and given their pre-season schedule, will be the favorites. SI has a lot of depth and maybe able to sustain high level of play, longer.

          Looking forward to seeing SI SH in USF, you can throw records out the window when they play each other.

        • What is your point of reference? They haven’t shared any common opponents so how are the LA teams ranked lower?

          • Go to, girls varsity CAlifornia, and look at their rankings!

            • The Massey ratings seem reputable but its hard to believe SI would be ranked above BOD, Mitty and Berkeley. Guess its still early in the season and not much data to plug in.

              • I don’t think SI is ranked above Mitty and BOD, the rankings right are based from last years performance and it will change as the season progresses, Presentation is actually ranked higher than mitty and SI but it will change once league play results come in.

              • the ranking is for SF team!

              • Ow geez we are talking about Massey ratings for California
                Girls varsity basketball!!

              • Your right its about SF Team — just discussing scenarios in which the number 1 team will run into problems. Will keep it focused next time.

              • I’m sorry i made a mistake SI is actually ranked over those teams as of now, it’s probably because they are undefeated and strength of schedule. MY bad! Haven’t seen the ratings for over a week just had a glimpse right now.

              • Yeah my bad we went a little towards TMI.

  7. Keep up the good work Mercy, you ladies are doing a great job playing the game. GO SKIPPERS!!!!

  8. Good Job Mercy Skippers! Keep up the great work!

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