Girls Basketball Top 10: Convent leaps into top 5

Convent head coach Jon Mercado (center) and the Cubs huddle up during a timeout against University on Wednesday at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

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 (15-3, last week’s ranking: 1)

The Wildcats hold off Mercy for another week, even after a loss to Berkeley (14-2) in the Martin Luther King Jr. Classic. There’s no shame in falling to the Yellowjackets, who took down Mitty early in the season and lost in the Division I state championship game last year. SI bounced back with two wins after the loss, with double-digit victories over Notre Dame-Belmont (10-7) and Presentation (11-7) in West Catholic Athletic League play.

2. Mercy (18-0, last week’s ranking: 2)

The Skippers keep winning, and they’re doing it in impressive fashion. Mercy remained undefeated overall and in West Bay Athletic League play with 20-plus victories over Notre Dame-San Jose (7-11) and Pinewood (10-8).

3. Lowell (15-4, last week’s ranking: 3)

The Cardinals could be locked into the third spot for the rest of the season simply due to the lack of competition in the Academic Athletic Association. Lowell again didn’t receive a challenge in lopsided wins over Marshall (0-10) and Mission (4-14) last week, but receive its toughest test yet against Washington on Friday.

4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (9-8, last week’s ranking: 4)

The Irish had a chance to move up if they would have knocked off first-place Mitty (14-4), but despite keeping the game close, fell to the Monarchs in their only game last week.

5. Convent (9-6, last week’s ranking: 7)

The Cubs are right back where they’ve been in the past two seasons – atop the Bay Counties League West. The Cubs extended their winning streak in BCL West play to 28 games with victories over No. 6 University and Lick-Wilmerding (5-10) last week, and will again be the favorites to win the league for the third-consecutive year.

6. University (15-2, last week’s ranking: 5)

The Red Devils may have one of the most impressive records in the City this season, but drop a spot after losing to No. 5 Convent by 15 points last week. University bounced back with a win over Urban (11-7) to wrap up the week.

7. Washington (7-12, last week’s ranking: 6)

You’ll notice a considerably different record for the Eagles this week, because they had to forfeit six non-league wins for using an ineligible player. Washington dropped its first game of the week to Sacramento-area power McNair (18-2), but also took down Wallenberg (1-16) last week. No AAA games were forfeited and the Eagles are still the main threat to challenge Lowell this season.

8. Galileo (13-5, ranking last week: 8)

The Lions hold firm at the No. 8 spot after cruising through two AAA wins last week, taking down Mission and Marshall.

9. International (10-6, last week’s ranking 9)

Other than a loss to upstart San Domenico, the Jaguars have rolled through Bay Counties League Central play, including wins over Leadership (7-12) and Pescadero (0-9) last week. International won the two games by a combined score of 124-19.

10. Lincoln (7-11, last week’s ranking: NR)

The Mustangs reenter the Top 10 after being absent since the preseason rankings. Other than a disappointing loss to No. 7 Washington, Lincoln has played well in early AAA play.

On the brink: Lick-Wilmerding (5-10), Urban (11-7), Drew (9-6), Balboa (4-8)

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  1. Ari Gold says:

    JB’s poll is out, let the hate-mongering begin!

    • Mickey Blue Eyes says:

      Hey JB where was the big splashy breaking news headline about the Washington Girl’s forfeiting games and smear them like you did with the Riordan Crusaders????

      • jbalan says:

        It’s an entirely different story and I’m not comfortable reporting on it, because this time the blame doesn’t fall on an adult. It also doesn’t impact Washington’s playoff chances, like Riordan’s does. The only impact it has on Washington is its overall record, which really means nothing in the AAA/CIF-SF Section playoffs.

      • Crusader 70 says:

        How did JB “smear” Riordan?

      • GCJ 01 says:

        JB DID NOT smear Riordan. Get your facts straight before you make your comments. The only “smearing” being done is by you. Either get your facts straight or don’t say anything at all!

        • WCal Fan says:

          Yes, no smearing was done. He was stating the facts – It may be a good thing as this will not happen again. Riordan Crusaders remain strong!

  2. SI Sports Radio says:

    Listen live to the SI varsity girls basketball team’s game vs. Mitty in a battle for 1st place in the WCAL on SI Sports Radio on Friday, January 27th at 720pm. Listen with your computer, smart phone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Click on the link to listen live or to listen to past SI games On Demand.

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  3. anon says:

    wheres the boys top 10?

  4. RC Cola says:

    What does Mercy need to do to get the number 1 spot? Its not like Mercy is playing duds. For being undefeated and their talent, why aren’t they on top yet?

    • JJ says:

      My guess for Mercy to get the #1 spot would be after the regular season, when the CCS playoffs begin? Maybe Mercy has to go farther in CCS than SI?

    • jbalan says:

      It’s a weekly review, so I’d say it depends on what happens in each week. If SI takes a step back and gets upset or loses two or three games , I can very well see Mercy moving up.

      • WCAL ALum says:

        I indicated before that it will probably take SI losing a combination of SI not making it to the WCAL championship game AND getting knocked off in the quarterfinals of CCS II, hence not receiving an automatic bid to NorCals. Mercy will have to win their league, CCS IV and win at least one game in NorCals. That is my take.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks JB for all the hard work you do for the SF Preps.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Who asked?

  7. Anonymous says:

    wheres the boys???

  8. FL says:

    In terms of player of year for girls…I would tend to go w/Courtney Sabahi. Strong, strong player. A superb all around player when compared to CSH players and SI players.

  9. Sf1955 says:

    Courtney Sabahi MVP of volleyball and basketball hands down

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