SanFranPreps.com Girls Basketball Top 10: Lick-Wilmerding inches in

Lick-Wilmerding junior Kaila Perez (left) jockeys for position with 6-foot-3 Marin Academy center Charlotte Marx last week. (Photo by Eric Luis)

Every week, we will be publishing our take on the top ten 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 (18-3, last week’s ranking: 1)

The Wildcats got a scare from No. 5 Sacred Heart Cathedral, but played through multiple illnesses on the team to beat the Irish, then routed Valley Christian (9-12). Unless SI slips in the final week of the season, they are set to split a regular-season West Catholic Athletic League title with Mitty.

2. Mercy (21-1, last week’s ranking: 2)

Due to two wins over second-place Sacred Heart Prep this season, the Skippers clinched the top seed in the West Bay Athletic League playoffs with wins over the Gators (15-7) and Menlo (13-8) last week.

3. Lowell (18-4, last week’s ranking: 3)

The Cardinals continued to mow down Academic Athletic Association competition with a 23-point win over Balboa (6-9) in their only game last week.

4. Convent (14-6, last week’s ranking: 5)

For nearly three full seasons, the Cubs have not lost a Bay Counties League West game and are one week away from going undefeated in the league again after double digit wins over Marin Academy (14-10) and No. 6 University last week.

5. Sacred Heart Cathedral (11-12, last week’s ranking: 4)

The Irish are below .500 again and 6-5 in WCAL play after losses to No. 1 St. Ignatius and St. Francis (16-6) last week, along with a win on the road over Valley Christian, where they played with just eight players.

6. University (20-3, last week’s ranking: 6)

The Red Devils’ overall record has consistently been one of the best in the City, but their biggest hurdle continues to be No. 4 Convent. University took down Drew (11-9) to start the week, but dropped its second meeting with the Cubs this season. Fortunately for the Red Devils, a likely matchup with Convent in the BCL West championship game provides a chance for redemption.

7. Galileo (15-7, ranking last week: 9)

The Lions jump up after a week that featured their best win of the season and arguably their worst loss. Galileo first took down No. 9 Washington, then fell on the road to unranked Balboa.

8. International (12-7, last week’s ranking 7)

The Jaguars were another team that had a roller-coaster ride last week, with a win over first-place San Domenico (17-5) that put them into a tie for the top spot in the Bay Counties League Central, a rout of Pescadero (0-14) on the road, then a close loss to a solid, but unranked Urban (13-11) squad at the Bentley Shootout.

9. Washington (8-14, last week’s ranking: 8)

With consecutive losses in AAA play before a win over Burton (5-15) last week, the first-place Eagles are now within reach of both Balboa and Lincoln in the Lang Division. The Buccaneers and the Mustangs are tied for second place in the division, just a game behind Washington.

10. Lick-Wilmerding (8-12, last week’s ranking: NR)

The Tigers took down Urban for the second time this season to kick off the week, then dropped their second meeting with Marin Academy. Lick’s two wins over the Blues not only bode well for the BCL West playoff race, but are the main reason why the Tigers are in the final spot of the Top 10.

On the brink: Lincoln (9-13), Urban (13-11), Drew (11-9), Balboa (6-9)

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10 Comments

  1. BCLWest says:

    Urban is actually 13-11 and Drew is 12-9

    • jbalan says:

      You’re right about Urban. I forgot to change their record from last week/

      Drew isn’t really 12-9. The Calistoga game was never played. I don’t take into account forfeited games that never happened. Convent technically got a forfeit win over Jordan as well.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What has happened to SHC girls program 11-12? Program has gone down hill since Harrigan left. Sad to see!

  3. Arthur Chin says:

    1 Bishop O’Dowd Oakland 19-2 1
    Bishop O’Dowd stays in the top spot after a 78-7 win over San Lorenzo and a 73-25 win over Arroyo. The Dragons play a pair of league games against Castro Valley and Tennyson before the February 11 matchup with No. 2 St. Mary’s-Stockton on the road.

    2 St. Mary’s Stockton 19-3 2
    The Rams continued to march forward to their Saturday date with No. 1 Bishop O’Dowd in posting wins over Edison-Stockton (81-21), West (94-26) and Hanford (79-51). Regina Camera had 25 points and eight steals in the win over Hanford. In addition to playing the Dragons, St. Mary’s will also face McNair on Tuesday, Modesto Christian on Wednesday and Stagg on Thursday.

    3 Carondelet Concord 18-3 3
    Carondelet breezed through league action in beating Monte Vista 72-43 and San Ramon Valley 74-28. Hannah Huffman had 22 points and Melissa Russi added 15 points in the win over the Mustangs. The Cougars take on Livermore and Granada this week before traveling to Deer Valley on Saturday in non-league action.

    4 Berkeley Berkeley 18-2 4
    Berkeley has been the top team in Division I all season and looks more than comfortable staying in the top spot heading into the upcoming playoffs. The Yellowjackets only have losses to Windward and St. Mary’s-Berkeley and have Richmond on the schedule for this Friday.

    5 St. Ignatius San Francisco 18-3 5
    Dealing with stomach illness which affected most of the student body this past week, according to SanFranPreps.com, St. Ignatius was still able to get wins over Sacred Heart Cathedral (61-52) and Valley Christian-San Jose (71-43). The Wildcats will take on Notre Dame-Belmont and Presentation this week.

    6 Archbishop Mitty San Jose 17-5 6
    Following its loss at St. Ignatius, Mitty beat St. Francis-Mountain View (65-35) and Notre Dame-Belmont (61-39). The 30 point win over the Lancers was the second largest margin of victory in league for the Monarchs. They close out the regular season with Valley Christian-San Jose on Wednesday and Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday.

    7 Sacramento Sacramento 17-6 7
    It was an easy week for the Dragons with a 79-9 win over Burbank and a 76-11 victory against Johnson for their 13th straight win. Briana Womack had 17 points and Ayanna Edwards added 16 points in the win over Burbank. Sacramento will play Rosemont and Valley this week.

    8 Miramonte Orinda 22-0 8
    The run is up to 22 games for Miramonte with a 93-62 win over Dublin and an 84-53 win against Acalanes. Megan Reid had 21 points in the win over Dublin. The Matadors face their toughest test left to an undefeated regular season in traveling to Dougherty Valley on Tuesday before hosting Las Lomas on Friday.

    9 St. Mary’s Berkeley 17-6 9
    St. Mary’s-Berkeley moved past Holy Names 77-13 as it looks to close out the regular season with a three game week against Oakland Tech, Encinal and St. Joseph. The Panthers haven’t allowed more than 50 points in a game during their seven game winning streak.

    10 Lincoln Stockton 18-3 10
    The Trojans knocked off Chavez 58-30 and Lodi 59-29 as rising junior Ashlyn Crenshaw combined to score 30 points in the two victories. Lincoln has a pair of league games against Tracy and Franklin before facing defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion St. Francis-Sacramento on Saturday.

    11 Dougherty Valley San Ramon 15-7 11
    Playing just one game this week, Dougherty Valley won easily over Acalanes by the score of 75-31. The Wildcats haven’t lost since falling in Orinda last month and will get another chance at undefeated Miramonte on Tuesday. They will also play Campolindo on Thursday.

    12 Pleasant Grove Elk Grove 16-7 12
    Grabbing a 56-51 win at Oak Ridge is another good result for Pleasant Grove as it eyes a possible section title this year. The Eagles also beat Ponderosa 60-47 and are winners in seven of the last eight games. Next up is a trip to St. Francis-Sacramento on Tuesday and Folsom on Friday.

    13 Oak Ridge El Dorado Hills 18-6 13
    Oak Ridge suffered its second loss to Pleasant Grove with a 56-51 home defeat to start last week. It came back to beat Folsom 50-30 behind 12 points from Jenna Klein. The Trojans will host Sheldon on Tuesday and St. Francis-Sacramento on Friday.

    14 Terra Nova Pacifica 16-5 14
    Ivonne Cook-Taylor had 17 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in Terra Nova’s 57-31 win over Menlo-Atherton. The Tigers though needed a big fourth quarter comeback the next time out to beat San Mateo 58-54. They trailed by 12 points after three quarters. Terra Nova takes on Burlingame and Half Moon Bay this week.

    15 Modesto Christian Modesto 19-4 15
    15 points from Veanne Navarro and 13 from Valerie Moore paced Modesto Christian in a 78-13 win over Orestimba. The Crusaders then beat Hilmar 64-17 heading into Wednesday’s game against St. Mary’s-Stockton followed by Ripon on Thursday.

    16 River City West Sacramento 23-1 16
    River City keeps on winning after beating Galt 57-23 and Liberty Ranch 55-38 to increase its win streak to 22 games. The Raiders have just one game this week against Union Mine on Tuesday.

    17 Salesian Richmond 20-3 17
    After beating Encinal 56-35, Salesian knocked off St. Patrick/St. Vincent 62-44 to hit the 20 win mark this year. MaAne’ Mosley had 21 points and Mariya Moore finished at 20 points against St. Patrick/St. Vincent. The Pride will take on Kennedy-Richmond, Swett and Albany this week.

    18 Casa Grande Petaluma 24-1 18
    The Gauchos navigated a three game week in beating Sonoma Valley (48-38), Analy (65-52) and Healdsburg (62-41). They have won every league game by double digits this year. Casa Grande returns to the floor on Friday to take on Windsor.

    19 Deer Valley Antioch 15-6 19
    Deer Valley beat Pittsburg 74-58 and then hung onto a big early lead to move past Heritage 59-53 to take a commanding lead in the BVAL. Monique Mulder had a big three pointer down the stretch against the Patriots in finishing with 21 points. The Wolverines have Antioch and Liberty on the schedule before a Saturday date with No. 3 Carondelet.

    20 Lowell San Francisco 19-4 NR
    Stock Rising: Lowell enters the rankings after beating Balboa 60-37 to run its record to 19-4. The Cardinals have early season wins over Gunn and Logan in helping their overall resume over other contenders for the final spot. They take on Galileo, Burton and University this week.

  4. Wet-Dogg says:

    i think Balboa beat Galileo. omg goooo bucs!

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