SanFranPreps.com Girls Basketball Top 10: Top teams stay put

St. Ignatius head coach Mike Mulkerrins and the Wildcats lost their first game of the season in Southern California, but hung on to the top spot. (Photo by Richard Quinton)

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 (6-1, last week’s ranking: 1)

The Wildcats were handed their first loss of the season to a very good Canyon (6-3) squad that won a Southern Section championship last season, but remain in the top spot. St. Ignatius ended it’s Southern California trip with a loss, but started off with a solid win over Irvine (8-2).

2. Mercy (11-0, last week’s ranking: 2)

The Skippers have yet to lose and had wins over Wallenberg (1-7) and South San Francisco (4-4) last week, but due to a considerably weaker schedule, still can’t move ahead of St. Ignatius.

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

The Cardinals have won five straight, including wins over Menlo-Atherton (2-6) and Northgate (6-6) last week, and will be a heavy favorite to win their third-consecutive AAA title when league play begins in January.

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

The Irish got a scare from No. 5 Washington in their only game last week, but did enough to win and hold on to the No. 4 spot.

5. Washington (6-2, last week’s ranking: 5)

The Eagles could have moved up if they knocked off No. 4 Sacred Heart last week, but stayed put behind victories over Castlemont (4-4) and Skyline (8-2).

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

The Red Devils didn’t play last week, but hold on to the No. 6 spot.

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

The Cubs are again at .500, as they evened their record with a win over College Park (5-5) last week.

8. Galileo (7-3, ranking last week: 8)

The Lions went 2-1 in the Head-Royce Tournament last week, with wins over Hoopa Valley (4-7) and Lick-Wilmerding (4-5), after a loss to a very good Lakes (8-1) squad from Washington in the opening round.

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

After a slow start to the season, the Jaguars got to .500 for the first time this season with a win over Castlemont (4-4) last week.

10. Urban (7-3, last week’s ranking: 10)

The Blues already have more wins than they had all last season and added to that number with a victory over College Prep (3-7) last week.

On the brink: Drew (6-1), ICA (4-1).

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23 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I saw the Leo Larocca Sand DUne classic bracket for the girls and I think SI will easily win the tournament.

    • Paul B. says:

      I don’t know because Washington (Fremont) has an overall record of 9-2.

      • Anonymous says:

        9-2 doesn’t mean anything depending on who you played ,SI won by 50 pts. Mercy is currently 12-0 but if they play SI they will lose by 20-40 pts guarranteed.

        • mercymercyme says:

          I think Anon needs more SI koolaid. Puhleeze, by 40 pts guaranteed – wow!

          • Anonymous says:

            Well too bad it will never happen, SI have beaten Terra Nova with 3 Div 1 Recruits, Masoli might be a Div 1
            prwospect and Sabahi is a good post but they won’t score a lot with SI’s suffocating defense. Anyway,Mercy is having a good year no doubt about that but have they beaten a team above 200 ranking?the highest ranked team is Mills at 223 in state.
            I like Mercy but reality wise they won’t go far without MAsoli and Sabahi and i’ll predict when they graduate MErcy will be 3rd or 4th behind Eastside Prep and Pinewood next year that is if they don’t get a Masoli type player. I will be looking for their game against Eastside prep on Jan 10 ,right then we will know if they are for real. Thanks.

            • PaulieShick says:

              SI beat Washington of Fremont by 50 points 76-26 last night in the Sand Dune tourney. And in the 4th quarter it was a running clock and SI played their bench. That’s the strength of SI and the WCAL. So, Anon wasn’t far off in his/her prediction.

            • SPARKY says:

              WOW HOW INSULTING TO MERCY & ALL THE GIRLS! . VERY TYPICAL COCKY REMARKS. INSULT TO ALL THE GIRLS PROGRAMS IN THE CITY. SHAME ON YOU…

        • bball fan says:

          hey anonimous si fan have you seen mercy play probably not i can tell you i have seen both teams play granted si has the better talent but mercy plays an uptempo game and if their shoters are on they can beat si mercy has a good team too bad all you si fans think that your the best thing since sliced bread

  2. Fan says:

    SI plays tougher competition and mulkerrins has a great system in place. SI should go far in league this year. Mercy really has not played a stronger team so it will be interesting to see how the do in their league this year and beyond. Lowell should win the AAA league. SHC should make the playoff but won’t win league, they should go deep in D3 and if they can pull off another shocker like last year they should be on track to return to past glory.

    • Feel The Pain says:

      Lowell should win AAA, but Washington will give them a run. Coach Wong prepares those girls during the pre-season and the Battle of the Birds is always the highlight of the season for those two schools. Lowell is the top dog, but Washington is not far behind.

    • IC Stars says:

      Irish girls will be better. Their Frosh are 6-0 and have beaten Berkeley once and Carondelet twice this season.

      The JV’s are 8-1 and have beaten Berkeley, Carondelet, SI, Lowell, Campolindo and Salesian. Their only close game was a 5-point loss to Nevada Union.

  3. james wong says:

    i see SI vs PINEWOOD Playing for the title in this one.

    • BballFan says:

      Pinewood isn’t the same and Doc will have to do some coaching magic to get by a hot Lowell team.

    • Feel The Pain says:

      Lowell is looking to finish off the pre-season strong. Will not suprise me to see an all Sunset District final with Lowell vs. SI. Don’t count out the Cardinal, they are a scrappy bunch.

      • james wong says:

        HATE TO SAY ‘ I TOLD YOU SO….. BUT!!!!!!” HA HA HA LMAO!!!! Can you feel the Magic? BTW no team is ” the same as last year”

        • BBallFan says:

          You did tell me and I am so happy for you James. Your insight you offered on why Pinewood would win was simply Woodenisk. Of course no one is the same as last year but when you lose your two best players where Lowell kept all their impacts, I wrongly thought Lowell had the advantage. Way to hold me accountable with your LMAO remark…..

          Who do you think will win tomorrows final?

  4. Anonymous says:

    That’s right it will never happen so your prediction is without merit. Why the obessesion with Mercy? Are you that insecure to try to knock down a ” subpar ” team like you claim. You guys were in the same boat last year and look what happened. So my advice to you, is to worry about your team first and actually securing a title rather than picking on ” inferior” teams. No one is guaranteed
    anything but it’s the case who wants it most. The Irish proved that. So give it a rest.

  5. BballFan says:

    I think sometimes posters hide behind being anonymous so they can post negative comments as if they were really SI fans. SI Fans are a bit more respectful and spells correctly. I’m just saying…

    • Cassie says:

      I think that comment is the most ignorant I have read so far.

      It sounds to me that you are trying to say SI fans are better educated? Very ignorant, I am sure that if people knew you were scrutinizing their punctuation, they would have tried much harder to spell correctly, and punctuate properly.

      *By the way, it should be spell not spells (pluralization is not necessary).

      • BballFan says:

        Then you’ve read it wrong and the sounds your hearing is only what you want to hear. They would not dispresct their opponents by saying they would guarentee winning by 40 points, if they had, they would have spelled gurantee correctly compared to anonoymous.

        Did you see any of the games this weekend? That Pinewood team is young but very good. How do you think they would match up against Mercy? I didn’t think Pinewood had a chance but their very well coached and their center didn’t suit up.

  6. Wildcat says:

    That’s right. We don’t need to prove anything but on the court. These imaginary fantasies about two teams playing each other will never happen. Wow get a life!

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