Girls Basketball Top 10: University inches into the Top 5

St. Ignatius senior Maria Kemiji-McDonald (right) and Pinewood's Gabi Bade go to the floor for a loose ball last week in the Sand Dune Classic championship game. (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 (9-1, last week’s ranking: 1)

The Wildcats only bolstered their claim on the top spot with an impressive run in the Sand Dune Classic last week.

St. Ignatius took down Washington-Fremont (10-4), St. Patrick-St. Vincent (9-2) and Pinewood (9-4) by an average of 28.3 points in the tournament.

2. Mercy (13-0, last week’s ranking: 2)

The Skippers remained undefeated with double-digit wins over Northgate (6-7) and Hillsdale (6-4), but would need a misstep or two from St. Ignatius to move to the top spot.

3. Lowell (10-4, last week’s ranking: 3)

After taking down Caruthers (4-7) in the first round of the Sand Dune Classic last week, the Cardinals doubled their loss total.

Lowell dropped it’s final two games of the tournament to Pinewood and St. Patrick-St. Vincent after the opening-round win.

4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (5-6, last week’s ranking: 4)

The Irish had an up-and-down run through the Slalom Slam tournament in Seattle, taking on a trio of teams from Washington state.

Sacred Heart dropped its first-round game to Franklin (5-3), then crushed Rainier Beach (0-7) before a one-point loss to Bellarmine (7-1).

5. University (10-1, last week’s ranking: 6)

The Red Devils improved their already-impressive non-league record with three wins in the Surf ‘N Slam tournament in San Diego last week.

University took down two Canadian teams then blew out Palo Verde Valley (1-8) in the finale. The Red Devils won the three games by an average of 36.7 points.

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

The Eagles drop a spot after a 1-3 performance in the West Coast Jamboree.

Washington got a win against Valley Christian-San Jose (7-4) in the third round, but dropped games to Culver City (9-5), Oak Ridge (10-4) and Fortuna (5-6).

7. Galileo (9-5, ranking last week: 8)

The Lions, like Lowell, beat Caruthers in the Sand Dune Classic and lost two other games. Galileo’s two losses came to Pinewood and Santa Cruz (11-1).

8. Convent (5-6, last week’s ranking: 7)

The Cubs may have the talent to be one of the best teams in the City, but have struggled with inconsistency this season.

A loss to Westmoor (8-2) in its only game last week puts Convent back under .500 entering BCL West play.

9. International (4-5, last week’s ranking 9)

The Jaguars went 1-2 at the Surf ‘N Slam tournament in San Diego last week, but it came against stout competition.

International got a solid win over Justin-Siena (6-5), sandwiched between losses to out-of-state teams Lexington Catholic (Kentucky, 9-3) and Lomira (Wisconsin, 7-0).

10. Urban (9-4, last week’s ranking: 10)

The Blues had a winning week at the Rincon Valley Christian Tournament, with wins over Ferndale (2-7) and South Fork (6-6), and a loss to a very tough, undefeated Sonoma Academy (12-0) squad.

On the brink: Waldorf (4-6) and Drew (8-1).

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  1. Dr JJ says:

    I have been reading the comments about Mercy from people & some of it sounds like envy! Why don’t ppl worry about their school instead of picking on Mercy? It will all be said & done at the end of the season! Or SI & SHC can challenge Mercy in a friendly?

    • hoops fan says:

      I don’t think some of the criticism Mercy is facing is misguided at all. The Skippers had played a padded schedule, relative to the other top 3 teams. Participation in the Sand Dune or WC Jam, rather than the Urban Tourney would have given them a more competitive schedule. But despite all that the Skippers may have one of the best perimeter shooting teams in the city.

    • Anonymous says:

      About all the hype of Mercy and WCAL teams, people are saying that Mercy is getting picked on. Personally, I don’t think that is the case. Mercy fans (I am assuming that they are fans) are bringing up that Mercy are better that the WCAL teams and are comparing them to those teams. I am not saying Mercy isn’t a good team this year, but in order for them to be compared to those teams, they do need to play a team at that level. We don’t know how they would do against that intensity until they get there. While an undefeated preseason is impressive, we must consider the teams that they have been playing against.

      • patty says:

        I couldn’t of said it better “tired of the drama”. I wish the whining of the inferior fans that THINK they know the game should do more research. Good Luck to the teams.

  2. GCJ 01 says:

    Is Urban’s strength of schedule weaker than Convent’s and International’s?

  3. Andrea Gray says:

    University entered in an easier division than International in the Surf ‘ Slam so their win shouldn’t have them moving up and International, which took 2nd place in the top division, stays in place. Just saying….

    • Pat says:

      Andrea Gray…I think International went 1-2 in the Surf and Slam as reported..and still made 2nd place? Please dont discredit a team to make yours better. Just saying…

      • Anonymous says:

        University won all 3 games convincingly, International won 1 game by a point, lost 2 games by 29 and 23
        Respectively, that’s the fact. Just sayin’

        • Andrea Gray says:

          Wasn’t trying to discredit any team, but when you push your team and have them play up, you can sometimes take some tough losses and learn something, shouldn’t hurt your standing, it should help, especially if you see some success, which International did.

  4. Fan says:

    Seems that if Mercy played and beat a WCAL (SI or SHC) or even a south bay WCAL team, then most of the comments concerning their undefeated record would be more favorable. It seems like they are only getting half the credit because they seemingly have not beaten a higher ranked or quality opponent, but they are undefeated and that has to account for something. Just how much remains to be seen as the games continue into league play.

  5. Skipper fan says:

    Dr JJ, a friendly game but would be nice but I would think the risk of someone getting hurt on both sides would be too costly. Even if it was possible, you know someone will still not be satisfied. Best wishes to all the teams, I hope you have a great season.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Nice work with the rankings, lots of good teams this year! One clarification Drew is 8-1.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Have Mercy win their league first before you start trying to put them up with the WCAL teams, if you look at mercy’s preseason schedule they played a very weak schedule at best. Let’s see how they do in league and CCS first. Good luck to all the teams!

  8. Sally Lo says:

    2012 The Year Of The Skippers! Go Mercy 13-0

  9. Tired of the drama says:

    Obviously anon you don’t read the post other ” so called” fans from apparently other teams have been writing about Mercy. There is no hype but just deserved credit. No one but other fans from different schools are comparing Mercy to WCAL. Mercy is just defending their status and well deserved teamwork the girls have worked hard on. It doesn’t just go for Mercy but all the teams who are constantly knocked down by other “superior” teams. Can’t a team just get some credit without people whining?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes tired of the drama, I am also tired of the drama. People have been constantly commenting about Mercy and other WCAL teams in other articles as well and I finally decided to comment about it. I haven’t seen Mercy play but I have watched a few of those girls play for years, most likely longer than all of you commenting. I went to school with 2 of the girls on that team and know how good they are. Therefore, I had no intention of “knocking them down” or “whining.” I was only trying to say how unrealistic it is to compare for example SI and Mercy because they haven’t played any teams in common nor will they play each other because they are in different divisions, which for those who do not know is determined by school size.

  10. WCAL FAN says:

    Tired of the drama you are my new friend, Mercy has more class they don’t have to put other teams down to look good. Go Mercy

  11. Anonymous says:

    What about Lick-Wilmerding? I heard they have a SQUAD this year!

    • jbalan says:

      33-point loss to Galileo… Loss to Lincoln, which is 3-10… Another loss to Galileo… Loss to International… At 4-5, Lick just doesn’t have the resume right now.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Galileo seems to be doing great this year for pre-season. Wondering how well they’ll do tomorrow against Lowell.

  13. Fann! says:

    Why isn’t Lincoln rank??

  14. Anonymous says:

    Because Lincoln is weak!!

  15. patty says:

    I would love to see SI girls basketball play Bishop that O’Dowd. That is what I would call A GAME

  16. Kayla says:

    Bishop O’Dowd would win by a mile or two!

    • Anonymous says:

      Last year SI stayed with Bishop O’Dowd for most of the game and that was without any real posts. Imagine how good of a game that would be now.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Bishop O’Dowd has way too many athletes for SI to compete with, SI has some good seniors but overall talent is lacking..

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