Girls Basketball Top 10: SI ends WCAL season on top

Lowell junior forward Lorna Tuufuli (center) and the Cardinals had arguably their best week of the season with blowout wins over Galileo and University, but are still looking up at St. Ignatius and Mercy. (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 (21-3, last week’s ranking: 1)

The Wildcats ended the West Catholic Athletic League regular season with a three-win week, featuring victories over Notre Dame-Belmont (11-13), St. Francis (16-8) and Presentation (15-9), to split the regular-season league title with Mitty.

2. Mercy (23-1, last week’s ranking: 2)

The Skippers ended the West Bay Athletic League regular season with a win over Notre Dame-San Jose (8-16) and an overtime scare against Eastside Prep (12-12) on the road. As the top seed in the WBAL playoffs, Mercy gets a bye in the first three rounds of the tournament and won’t have to play until the semifinals on Friday.

3. Lowell (21-4, last week’s ranking: 3)

The Cardinals reinforced their Academic Athletic Association superiority with a lopsided win over No. 7 Galileo last week, then picked up another solid win in non-league play over the weekend with a 25-point victory over No. 6 University. Lowell also had a win over Burton (5-16) last week.

4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (11-13, last week’s ranking: 5)

The Irish move up a spot despite a blowout loss on the road to co-WCAL champ Mitty (19-5) and will head into the league playoffs as the No. 3 seed.

5. Convent (15-7, last week’s ranking: 4)

The Cubs lost their first Bay Counties League West game since 2009 to No. 9 Lick-Wilmerding last week and wrapped up the regular season with a win over Urban (13-13), but will have to face the fourth-seeded Tigers in the first round of the BCL West playoffs on Wednesday.

6. University (22-4, last week’s ranking: 6)

The Red Devils didn’t look very good in a non-league loss to No. 4 Lowell on Saturday, but wrapped up their BCL West season with two wins over Urban and Marin Academy (15-11) earlier in the week.

7. Galileo (15-8, ranking last week: 7)

The Lions stay in the the No. 7 spot despite a lopsided loss to No. 4 Lowell in their only game last week.

8. International (16-9, last week’s ranking 8)

The Jaguars will carry the top seed into the Bay Counties League Central playoffs after wins over Bay (12-12) and Gateway (8-11) last week. International wrapped up the week with a loss to Oakland Tech (14-9) in non-league play on Saturday.

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

The Tigers are the fourth seed in the upcoming BCL West playoffs, but have already proven they can take out top-seeded Convent with a win over the Cubs last week. Lick also took down Drew (12-11) last week.

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

The Eagles slip another spot even after beating Balboa (9-10) to retain first place in the AAA’s Lang Division in their only game last week.

On the brink: Balboa (9-10), Urban (13-13), Lincoln (10-14), Drew (12-11), Bay (12-12)

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  1. ATTABABE says:

    i think the Lick-Convent match on wednesday will be another great one and we’ll finally see the emergence of katie whetter as one of the top players in the city. it’ll definitely be a tough one but these girls have got the bite to match the growl

  2. Go Cats! says:

    Good job SI! It’s amazing how far this team has come over the years!

  3. SI Sports Radio says:

    Listen live to the SI vs. St.Francis girls WCAL playoff game on Thursday, February 16th at 650pm on SI Sports Radio. You can listen using a computer, smart phone, iPad, iPod Touch, or a smart bug radio inside SI’s McCullough Gym. Click on the link or type into your browser.

  4. GCJ 01 says:

    Keep up the good work Lowell, Gal, and Wash. You’re representing the AAA well. I’m proud of all of you.

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